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Motorized/electric vertical blinds? Answered

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I have some vertical blinds in my living room that are manually driven via a cord to tilt the blinds and another cord to open or close the blinds. I wonder is there a conversion kit to open/close and tilt them electronically via a remote control?

I have found some kits from hundreds of dollars to thousands, but know I could find one or build one for way less.

Any thoughts or ideas?

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Kiteman (author)2012-03-15

You could modify servos for continuous rotation, then control them via something knocked up from an Arduino?

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Aliasmk (author)Kiteman2013-11-23

Just curious, why do you suggest servos? Why not ordinary motors?

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mpilchfamily (author)Aliasmk2013-11-23

Regular motors require more power and would require a motor shield for the Arduino to run them. You also loose accuracy with regular motors. When you cut the power from a servo it stops. When you cut the power from a motor it will spin a bit more before stopping.

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Aliasmk (author)mpilchfamily2013-11-24

Ah, good to know. Thank you!

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bcotter1 (author)2013-11-11

http://www.smarthome.com/3142/Add-A-Motor-45-80-Motorized-Drape-Controller/p.aspx

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biochemtronics (author)2013-03-25

If you can't find a kit to do what you want you can always make something to do it. That's what I did here:

https://www.instructables.com/id/Build-A-Motorized-Window-Blinds-Controller-For-Les/

Look around. Others have also posted Instructables dealing with similar devices.

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jveldman (author)2013-03-15

some one pleassee figure this out!

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