Monthly Archives: February 2013

  • Concealing Powered Blinds

    Posted on 11th February 2013 by Lee.

    How do you make remote control roller blinds disappear? The epitome in a sleek minimalist design theme for your home or workplace is created by housing your Controliss powered blinds, fixing brackets , roller tube and integrated motor within a concealed cavity or pocket. When operated, the Controliss powered blinds appear magically from within the concealed structure creating the magical appearance that the blinds are appearing from a part of the structure of the property. This adds even further impact to the wonder of motorised blinds! This effect can be achieved easily, particularly if consideration is given to its inclusion, early on in the development, ideally at pre-plaster stage. METHOD 1- CEILING CONCEALMENT The ceiling if the room  is lowered by 120mm, and finished 120mm short of the window wall x length of the blind to be fitted. This creates a recess of 120mm sq x length of blind to be fitted to house the cassette or tube of the blind. 100mm sq is applicable to most average size blinds (up to 2.4m wide x 2.5m drop) allowing sufficient space for the installation brackets blind tube plus fabric and allow ease of fitting. For blinds greater than this the core tube diameter of the blind may need to be increased, thus the housing would need to be increased accordingly.  We are happy to advise on housing dimensions for larger blinds. METHOD 2 - STUD WALL CONCEALMENT The window wall can be built out in its entirety, creating a 120mm cavity to house the blind mechanisms. This method allows the blind to be over-sized and overlap the edge of the window reveal.  The blind then operates from ceiling to floor within the recess created, providing the ultimate blackout facility. METHOD 3 - RETROSPECTIVE CONCEALMENT When wanting to conceal the blind mechanisms retrospectively, when the building is completed; it is simple to create a surface mounted pelmet or lambrequin, constructed in a material to co-ordinate with your interior, or indeed upholstered in a soft-furnishing fabric of your choice. The Controliss team is liaising on a daily basis with architects, contractors and clients to achieve cutting edge solutions for discretely integrating powered blinds systems within residential and commercial properties, help and advise is on hand for your individual project.

    This Post was posted in Architects and was tagged with architects, blinds, concealment, controliss, powered, powered blinds, roller, window

  • Take Control of Your Curtains

    Posted on 7th February 2013 by Jules.

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    Whether it be luxury homes, quality hotels or dynamic conference venues, motorised curtains are becoming a standard requisite in this type of high-end project. Our exquisitely designed remote control tracks are extremely robust, yet discrete and can even be concealed within a ceiling recess.  Nothing creates greater visual impact than beautifully crafted curtains moving virtually silently, across a span of up to 10 metres, at the touch of a single button! The sophistication of Controliss electric curtain tracks is reflected in the simple form and sleek lines of the powerful motor and rail.  The motor is covered neatly, housing an integrated power supply; having the capability to offer a large range of control options, with adjustable limits to allow the curtains to fall naturally. Just like our electric blinds ranges, the curtain tracks are operable either individually or as groups of tracks, just by varying the choice of remote control handset. Installation is a simple operation with a basic electrical connection; ensuring the experience of an electric curtain track and all the associated benefits, could not be easier. These electric curtain tracks are so versatile, they incorporate Touch Motion functionality, to open and close the curtain by lightly pulling on the fabric, without the use of a remote control.  The motor drive shaft disengages automatically to permit use of the Touch Motion function.  The curtain tracks can also be personalised; to stop at preferred levels of opening, even the speed of operation is adjustable, with all tracks having soft start and stop as a standard feature. We can not only guarantee our tacks with a warranty for 5 years, but more importantly, we guarantee that any visitors will not fail to be impressed by the power of motion; so for any projects scheduled for 2013, where that ever important 'wow' factor is vital, then the simple solution is a Controliss electric curtain track!

    This Post was posted in Electric Curtain Tracks and was tagged with blinds, control, controliss, curtain, curtains, electric, motion, motorised, remote, touch, tracks

  • Grand Designs Water Tower Project

    Posted on 7th February 2013 by jenny.

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    CONTROLISS BLINDS GRAND DESIGNS PROJECT | SERIES 9 | EPISODE 5 | THE WATER TOWER | KENNINGTON, LONDON

    Controliss blinds were excited to be tasked with supplying and installing remote control blinds for Channel 4’s 100th Grand Designs episode, the fabulous Grade II listed Water Tower renovation in Kennington London.

    Liaising closely with client Leigh Osborne and the project architects from the early stages of the project. Our brief was to integrate a number of wireless 240v mains powered electric blinds that could be effortlessly controlled as independent zones within the building or as whole groups of blinds.

    Contemporary minimalism was the order of the day and the clean and sleek lines of our hand made pure white Roller blinds collection were the perfect companion to accompany the projects minimalist design theme. The Controliss fabric of choice in the various locations throughout the project was our Oscuro Frost white blackout Roller blind fabric.

    One of the greatest challenges was to seamlessly integrate the remote control blinds over the colossal two storey minimal profile glazed sliding doors that spanned an entire elevation of the cube. The doors which were installed by Fusion Glazing Systems in Notholt, Middlesex are amongst the largest ever installed in Europe. Controliss were able to manufacture and install three Roller blinds at over 2 metres wide and 6 metres drop to ensure the blinds visually maintained the architectural integrity of the doors.

    You can visit Channel 4's Scrapbook for Grand Designs to view some of the fantastic products involved with the project including bathrooms, kitchens, furniture and Controliss blinds.

    This Post was posted in Remote Control and was tagged with blinds, controliss, doors, grand designs, project, remote control blinds, roller

  • LightwaveRF Blinds Integration

    Posted on 2nd February 2013 by Chris.

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    The increasing popularity of Lightwave's modular retrofit home automation system has meant that many Controliss blinds and LightwaveRF users are begging the question if our range of powered blinds can be controlled by the same LightwaveRF apps that allow control of Lightwave's lighting, power and heating products.

    Lightwave's DIY orientated wireless RF system has made home automation both affordable and easily accessible with a range of wireless RF products that can be easily installed and configured to offer control of lighting and heating etc via a collection of wireless wall controllers or application based devices should as an iPhone, iPad or laptop.

    Introducing Controliss powered blinds in to your LightwaveRF system is possible by using the LightwaveRF Inline Relay which retails for around £20. This small device (about the size of a UK 3-pin plug) is wired to a power source and a Controliss 240v 4-core  motorised blind that is specially designed for integration in to 3rd party system such as Lightwave. The LightwaveRF WiFi Link then allows open, close and stop commands from your IOS, Android device or laptop.

    For more information on Controliss blinds and LightwaveRF integration please contact the Controliss support team on 0845 5211 141

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    This Post was posted in Home Automation and was tagged with blinds, electric, Electric Blinds, Home Automation, lightwave, lightwaverf, Remote Control

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