Electric Blinds

  • Remotely controlling light, shade, style and mood

    Posted on 7th June 2017 by admin.

    April and May have seen a typically English spring gearing up for, hopefully, a summer that will be warm and bright. Heavy showers, punctuated by spells of mediterranean-beating heat and sun have cast doleful shadows and bleaching, bright light in almost equal measures.

    With such extremes, it can be hard to control the desired look and feel of any living space, no matter how creatively you have considered colour, finishes, flooring or lighting.

    So, how can you ensure that you make the most of the available light when the weather is cloudy but still have the ability to control intense sunlight when the pressure rises and the sun makes an appearance?

    Controliss battery powered and mains powered electric blinds allow instant control at the touch of a button, whatever the weather and however often it changes.

    Whether you prefer the sumptuous, smooth or textured fabrics of Roman Blinds; the elegant sophistication of vertical blinds; the practical versatility of roller blinds; the contemporary minimalism of venetian blinds; or the natural or painted finishes of beautifully crafted wooden blinds, one touch wireless remote control is available across our extensive range and the inbuilt safety of cordless technology adds a reassuring piece of mind.

    Rooms with multiple perspectives and windows are easily managed with simple remote controls that allow you to control single blinds, groups of blinds or timed automation.

    Light is the biggest influencer of character for any given room and having control over its intensity allows you to define the personality of your living spaces.

    Controliss battery powered and mains powered electric blinds are your perfect partner, allowing you to create the most comfortable environment for living or presenting the most inviting and welcoming home for entertaining.

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    This Post was posted in Remote Control and was tagged with control, Electric Blinds, Home Automation, light, Remote Control

  • Too Hot To Handle

    Posted on 21st July 2016 by Michelle.

    Too Hot Too Handle

    Temperatures have soared over the last few days, and although the UK has recorded its hottest day so far this year, the sunshine doesn’t always bring a smile to everyone face.

    By day we can treat ourselves an ice cream to cool our souls, Jublee’s and funny feet were always my favourite as a child, although nowadays I am all about the magnum!

    Cooling off by splashing cool water on the face and increasing our fluids are all well and good throughout the day, but the nights can be unbearable.

    Top tips for keeping you cool during the night

    Take a cool bath or shower prior to slumber Cotton bedding is a must, nylon and polyester will only add to the heat ensuring a restless night Ceiling or mounted fans can help circulate the air A glass of water by the bed to replenish the fluids should you wake

    Preventing solar heat gain through glazed areas is an absolute must so whilst out at work during the day try to keep window blinds lowered or curtains drawn in all the rooms that catch the sun. In the evenings, opening doors and windows to keep the house ventilated will always help keep the temperatures down.

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    Large glass expanses such as bi-fold, patio or sliding doors allow in the beautiful sunshine, but with that comes the heat. Dressing these larger glass areas with Controliss Visio-Lux diffusion screen electric roller blinds are a great way to compliment the decor, lowering the heat levels, preventing excessive glare and preventing the furniture from being damaged by the suns harmful UV rays whilst still allowing some light to gently filter through.

    Controliss blinds are a great way of reducing solar heat gain by employing cost effective prevention measures for south facing windows and doors and not only will they look sleek, chic and the envy of your neighbours, but they will also be worth their weight in gold when it comes to protecting furnishings from being sun bleached.

    This Post was posted in General Posts and was tagged with Electric Blinds, heat, roller blinds, Summer, sun, Visio-Lux

  • Electric blinds style choices

    Posted on 14th June 2013 by Andy.

    Electric-Roman-Blinds

    When choosing which electric blinds to have in your home there are a few things that you’ll need too consider. For starters, what do they look like open, closed and all the points in between? How do they move and catch the light when they are being opened and closed? Whatever style you  choose will determine what material, colour and pattern you go for as well. Here is a selection of the types of electric blinds we make to help you decide what kind you would like to see in your home: Roller blinds Like the other blinds these are compact and ideal for varying lighting levels in a room. But roller fabrics also have a major advantage over other types in that they are made from one piece of material, so they can display patterned designs. Think of an electric roller blind as a large fabric canvas being unfurled against one wall of your home and you’ll begin to see the possibilities. They’re a great way of framing complex, regular patterns like flock as well as large asymmetrical designs like floral prints, which can be reflected in the other furnishings that you have. Venetian blinds The simple and practical nature of venetian blinds is that they are compact and unobtrusive. They allow a lot of control over the amount of light they let in while also enabling a degree of privacy. They are also best suited to minimalist interiors where the straight edges and plain colours won’t conflict. However, with a greater range of colours than ever you don’t have to settle for cold, characterless whites and creams when you can have something bold and striking. Vertical blinds A popular choice for formal interiors like offices or larger areas, thanks to their practical, unobtrusive design, vertical louvres are ideal for using bold colours and textured fabrics. Closing or even half closing the fabric louvres can change the whole look of a room, and not just because of the lighting change. In a big enough window a vertical blind can become the dominant colour feature and some textured fabrics, like those with reflective or metallic elements, will shift in tone as the light hits it at different angles. Roman blinds Because they are made from one expanse of soft fabric electric roman blinds are like roller blinds in that irregular patterns will work well, and like vertical louvres textured fabrics will look really effective. When raised the blind is gathered towards the top, creating an irregular, folded bunch that will obscure any formal, regular pattern. But roman blinds are a lot softer looking, which makes them an ideal antidote to the minimal, straight lines of verticals and venetians that can appear harsh.

    This Post was posted in Electric Blinds and was tagged with Electric Blinds, fabrics, roller, venetian, vertical, window blinds

  • Art Deco: Getting Gatsby’s style

    Posted on 2nd June 2013 by Andy.

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    The recent movie release of The Great Gatsby has reignited an interest for Art Deco, the style of art and architecture that emerged from France in the 1920's and flourished during the 30s and 40s. The Art Deco look is very Modernist, characterised by straight lines, engineered shapes and precise geometry. Here are a few simple tips for giving your home an Art Deco make over: Search antique fairs and second hand shops – Nothing beats the real thing and it’s very easy to find simple 1920s furniture for very little money. Typically furniture from this period has a lot of straight edges and very few embellishments. But a big piece, no matter how simple, can set the tone for the whole room. You should also be able to find items from the 20s and 30s like lamps, statuettes or even old cameras to give you a genuine retro look. Hang prints of classic Art Deco artwork – Reproduction London Underground or vintage movie posters are great for evoking the period, as many reflected the dominant aesthetics of the day. Alternatively this was a period when photography really took hold as an art form. Black and white prints of cityscapes or images by the surrealist Man Ray in simple black frames will really set the tone. The artist Tamara de Lempicka also created a lot of striking work around this time that mixes bold splashes of colour with hard edges. Use polished metals – Improved engineering made metal easier to use in furniture and decoration so tubular furniture and mirrored surfaces polished to a high shine will help create an opulent Gatsby look. Using metallic fabrics on cushions, throws and blinds tie these surfaces together and can create a sense of lightness and glamour. Be bold when choosing strong patterns - Decorate a room with wallpaper that uses two strong contrasting colours and geometric patterns, such as black and white triangles or zig zags. If you’re concerned about it being too overpowering or migraine inducing just use the pattern on an accent wall or on a large set of electric blinds, that way you can control how much the design dominates the space. Searching vintage clothing shops will help inspire you into what kind of patterns would work in your home, but remember the bolder the better.

    This Post was posted in Interior Design and was tagged with art deco, Electric Blinds, furniture, the great gatsby

  • Getting the feel for your home

    Posted on 9th May 2013 by jenny.

     One of the biggest interior design trends for 2013 is the use of textures. Whether it’s a rough, rustic weave, something smooth and svelte like suede or rough and rugged like natural wood, interesting textures can be a great way to break up the clean design and sharp edges of modern homes.

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    You can use different textures to compliment or contrast with each other, or to stand out against more minimal decoration to create a focal point in a room. Simply introduce a textured fabric in the form of a rug, a throw, cushions or as window blinds. Some textures cry out to be touched, while others can bring a sense of warmth and comfort to your home.

    Some textures can add new dimensions to a space while rough and irregular textures give a more natural feel. Alternatively, regular patterns in darker shades can stay contemporary while contrasting with their surroundings. Textures can also create a sense of weight, which could change the whole look and feel of a room. In the case of electric blinds you can literally dictate how much of the fabric is on display and how much it dominates a space.

    A lot of modern homes consist of clean lines and smooth surfaces. White walls, the gleaming tech of flat screen TVs and expanses of glass and tile. A rough texture contrasts with these and can break a wall or room up. If the texture is in the blinds this can change the feel of a room between daytime and evening.

    Many modern furnishings and accessories also come in bold, primary colours. So a texture could compliment these colours or contrast with them so that they catch your eye more. A patterned texture offers the greatest opportunity for contrast but try to keep things simple and not to have too many colours fighting for your attention.

    Pick the right texture and use it sparingly or mix it with the latest fashion for handmade materials. Knotted rugs, big knits and embroidered furnishings may sound more like your Gran’s cup of tea, but in 2013 they have a more of a contemporary spin.

    The right combination of textures can create a sense of a distinctly individual home rather than one that is ubiquitous and industrially produced, so that it becomes a space that is uniquely yours.

    This Post was posted in Colour & Design and was tagged with controliss, Electric Blinds, room, texture, textures

  • LightwaveRF Blinds Integration

    Posted on 2nd February 2013 by Chris.

    LightwaveRF-Blinds-Integration

    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

  • Home Automation For Your Pets

    Posted on 31st October 2011 by Chris.

    One of our predominant subjects of interest at Controliss blinds is technology and all things 'home automation' that make our lives easier. Controliss remote control blinds are built with aspiration to achieve this goal, and to add safety within your household. Because our complete range of mains and battery powered roller blinds are available with no draw cords, they improve safety in your home for young children and pets. Even if draw cords do not hang low enough to be reached by your pet from the floor, some cats or dogs may be able to jump up and get entangled, which could result in some serious harm if no-one is around to help them. Further more, our 240v electric blinds can be linked to your mains electricity using a fused spur, so that any wires can be concealed somewhere where they are out of sight and unreachable. Electric blinds are not the only appliances that can help towards ensuring that your pet is safe and healthy at home. Food and water can be provided without anyone being at home with a pet feeder and fountain. Lava Electronics  QPets AF-100 Large Capacity Automatic Pet Feeder, with a hopper capable of storing over 10 litres of dry pet food, can be scheduled to dispense a set amount of food, one to four times a day. This battery powered feeder also features an audio message recorder so that a personal message can be played when food is dispensed, it has a locking lid to prevent pets getting into the hopper to get more food than they should, and the food hopper and feeding tray are detachable for easy cleaning. Water is vital to your pets health and the fresher the water that is given, the more likely they are to drink it and therefore dehydration is avoided. Pet fountains are capable of keeping water fresh without constantly changing the water by constantly re-circulating it. On the market, are small pumpless filtered water fountains that are ideal for cats, or, for multiple pets or those up to the size of a large dog, there is the Jumbo Deluxe Fresh Flow Pet Fountain. This unit uses an ultra-quiet system to filter, oxygenate, and naturally cool the water that is automatically dispensed from a built-in reservoir when it is needed. Even exercise for your pet could be carried out by an automated device such as the FroliCat BOLT that can generate and aim a laser at the floor and walls for your pet to chase in a 15 minute play session. This device can be useful if you have to dash out while your cat - or even your dog - is demanding entertainment or it can serve as a handheld pet toy, with which you can have fun with your pet. With so many areas of pet care now covered by appliances that are designed with the highest consideration toward your pets welfare, you can worry less about your cat or dog on those busy days, or even when you are planning to have a long weekend away and do not want to inconvenience the neighbours by persuading them to perform regular checks.

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    This Post was posted in Home Automation and was tagged with automation, blinds, Electric Blinds, home, Home Automation, pet, pets, Remote Control

  • The Right To Protect Your Home

    Posted on 8th July 2011 by Andy.

    Last week, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced that home owners would have the right to protect their homes using “reasonable force”, which would void them from prosecution. In the past decades, stories have made the headlines of innocent home owners trying to protect themselves, their families and their homes, and then coming under legal fire for using force. Now this has changed, but who would really want to be faced with that situation in the first instance? It’s an incredibly frightening thought. With this in mind, I decided to take a look at some of the top security available in today’s market for your home. ADT is one of the biggest names in security, offering a range of products including continuous monitoring and key holder response. When your installed alarm is activated, ADT will respond quickly and contact you to make sure everything is in order, they even filter out false alarms in case the cat has set it off. Packages start from 99 for total peace of mind. Wireless home security has moved with modern technology, offering you a package with remotes that you can switch on and off in any room, so if you go to bed and forget to set the alarm, not a problem, with on touch of the remote, your house is secure. As a preventative measure, Controliss electric blinds could give the impression of a home owner's presence, which is likely to deter anyone who might be considering your house as their next target for a break-in, since it is usually an empty home that they are looking for. The Controliss Air 30GMT can be programmed to operate our 240V mains powered roller blinds and wood blinds at any time of the day, on each day of the week, and so will make any room look occupied whether you are elsewhere in the home, at work or even on holiday. CCTV is another option for intruder detection, monitoring entrances and grounds, and recording every minute, you can keep the recordings for a long period of time and even control the cameras' movement from an in-house set up. High tech security at your fingertips. If you feel that none of these will quite cut the mustard, security guards can be appointed to residential properties. Guard Corps offer bespoke residential security including static guarding for the entrance to your home and security officers, plus key holder response, so someone can always be around on your property, which allows you to relax, safe in the knowledge that you are totally protected.

    This Post was posted in General Posts and was tagged with alarms, blinds, Electric Blinds, home, home security, house, residential, security

  • Perfect Blinds for Bi Fold Doors

    Posted on 29th June 2011 by Andy.

    Bi fold doors have become an extremely popular choice for properties throughout the UK as an attractive way to invite space and light into the home and open up interior rooms to external garden patio and seating spaces. Electric blinds are proving to be an equally popular companion for bi-folds as an ideal way of controlling light and privacy over these expanses. External bi fold doors open and fold away to create a marvellous expanse between the inside living area and the outdoors, where you can walk straight out into the garden or onto a terrace or other outdoor seating area. The wide variety of doors are available in a range of finishes from uPVC, to aluminium and wood and can open a lot wider than traditional patio or French doors with up to a 95% clearance rather than the 40% offered with traditional patio doors. If you have decided to install Bi Fold doors in your home and would like the option of controlling the amount of light and privacy, Controliss Blinds offer a range of remote control blinds that offer convenient one touch operation for individual or multiple blinds over the bi folds. Battery powered roller blinds can be installed with no fuss and no wiring and when raised the blinds allow the whole bi fold door area to be open without obstruction. Alternatively our range 240v electric blinds can be wired into your mains electricity, the ultra powerful integrated motors allow single blinds to cover larger expanses up to 4 metres wide and 3 metres drop. The combination of a Bi fold door system and Controliss electric window blinds will make for a supremely stylish and practical set up, opening up your home and providing effortless control over space and light.

    This Post was posted in Electric Blinds and was tagged with bi fold doors, bi-fold, blinds, doors, Electric Blinds, folding doors, home, light, patio, roller

  • From House To Home

    Posted on 14th January 2011 by yasmin.

    Getting the keys to a new home is one of the most exciting experiences for us all, however stepping through the the door for the first time often brings home the realisation that actually your new house will need a great deal of TLC to turn it into your ideal home. Sob, the tears start rolling down your face and the bank manager needs to be phoned! But there is not necessarily any need to panic, a new home should be seen as a new venture, it is exciting, fresh and new, after all you want something that you can put you own mark on and add your own character to. Let’s face facts, unless you are not constrained by small details like a budget then achieving your ultimate abode is not something that will happen overnight, no instead (as my in-laws keep telling me) it takes more than a few years to get your house to look like a home. Although this may be the case (sadly), there are a some great cost effective steps you can take to make your new house seem more like a home sooner rather than later! Firstly, a lick of paint can do wonders for any room. A fresh, new colour palette really can make a drab room appear fresh and new! Secondly, remove those moth-bitten curtains from the window and instead replace them with our inexpensively priced and super fabulous roller blinds, vertical blinds, venetian blinds or wood blinds. Dressing your window really will make a difference as it is common knowledge that people look towards a window when they enter a room. Third and finally is that old furniture and home accessories that your grandma kindly gave you (disgusting but appreciated).  All you have to do here is adopt a little imagination. Sand down and add a lick of paint to that old, dark wood sideboard, spray that distressed mirror frame black and dye those pink sheets red. Imagination really can turn something drab into something fab in no time. So, wipe away those tears, get excited about your new venture and let the process begin!

    This Post was posted in Smart Home and was tagged with Electric Blinds, fresh, home, house, new, Smart Home

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