Motorized Window Dressings : How Do Blinds Work?

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Modernized window dressings give you the ability to operate your blinds with the touch of a button.

But how do blinds work anyway?

There’s not one easy answer to this question. It all depends on the type of modernize blinds you install in your home.

Keep reading to learn more about modernized blinds and how they work.

Types of Modernized Window Dressings: How Do Blinds Work?

There are several kinds of modernized window dressings, and they’re all powered through different methods. The best modernized window blind for you depends on the look you want, where the window is placed, and your budget.

Let’s take a closer look at the types of modernized window dressings.

Battery Powered Blinds

Most battery powered blinds have a tube installed at the top that lifts the rest of the sade up and down. The battery itself sits above this tube and connects to the motor.

These are the most elegant type of modernized blinds. There are no strings involved, and the battery and motor are unnoticeable. Unlike other modernized blinds, you don’t have to plug them in. In other words, your windows don’t have to be next to an outlet.

This makes battery-powered blinds a good option for windows that are high up or otherwise out of reach. Batteries are also helpful alternatives for bathrooms or kitchens where wires might get wet.

And you don’t need any special batteries either. You can use normal AA batteries, but be prepared to replace them often. Lithium batteries last longer, so if you don’t want to switch batteries al the time, you should invest in some with a longer lifespan.

But no matter what kind of batteries you use, you’ll always have to replace them, which is the biggest downside of battery powered blinds.

Hardwired Blinds

If you don’t want to replace batteries all the time, you can get hardwired blinds.

These blinds include a motor, but you must be able to plug this motor into an outlet. The motors come in various sizes and use different voltages, but no matter what size you get, they’re usually less expensive than battery powered blinds.

The amount of energy required to operate the hardwired blinds will be cheaper in the long run than all those batteries you have to buy.

Because of the wiring, you might need an electrician to set up these blinds for you. Some blinds are easier to install than others, but hiring a professional is worth the investment.

An electrician can set up a distribution panel in your home. This can centralize the power control of your blinds and send it to several blinds in your house.

Solar Powered Blinds

Your blinds get their fair share of sunlight, so you may as well make them solar powered. All you have to do is set up a solar panel system and mount it behind the shade facing toward the sun so it gets enough power.

That unit connects to the blind’s motor, just like the battery powered or hardwired systems.

The problem with solar paneled blinds is not every blind in the house gets the same amount of sun. So your blinds on your southern or westward windows might work better than the other blinds in your house.

You also have to get particular about where you install your solar powered blinds. The windows can’t be covered by things like plants, roof overhangs, awnings, etc.

DC Power Adaptor

A DC power adaptor is similar to hardwired blinds. You must plug it into the wall, and while this means you won’t have to replace batteries, it also means the window must be close to an outlet.

So what’s the difference between hardwired blinds and blinds that use a DC power adaptor?

To start, they’re much easier to install than hardwire blinds. They also don’t require any other type of wiring. Once you hang your blinds, you just have to plug them in and they’re ready to use.

You might be able to see the wires on these blinds, so it may not look as nice as some other alternatives.

Benefits of Modernized Window Dressings

No Cords

The lack of cords makes modernized window blinds safer than traditional blinds. If you live in a home with young children, these blinds are a much better option.


Words like battery powered, hardwired, and DC power adaptor might make you think of loud operation sounds. But you don’t have to worry about that. When the blinds open and close, they don’t make much sound at all.

The means you can roll the blinds up or down without interrupting your surroundings.

Energy Efficient

These blinds prevent heat from escaping your home through the windows. So by installing modernized window dressings in your home, you’re actually making your home more energy efficient.

If you aren’t losing heat, you don’t have to run your HVAC system as often. That means you aren’t spending as much money on your energy bill.

Easy to Operate

All you have to do is click a button and your blinds will go up or down. This button can be on the wall or on a remote control. If you have a remote control, you can operate your window blinds without standing up or getting out of bed.

You can also control your blinds with an app on your phone or other mobile devices.

This app lets you open or close your blinds from anywhere, which can give your home added protection when you’re away from home. If you don’t want to remember to operate the blinds on your own, you can also set them on a timer. Your blinds will open and close themselves without you having to think about it.

What You Need to Know About Modernized Window Blinds

So how to blinds work?

Modernized window blinds allow you to operate the blinds in your house without opening them one by one. Whether they’re battery powered, hardwired, or solar powered, you can control the level of your blinds through a switch on the wall or a button on your remote.

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