remote control blinds

  • Grand Designs Water Tower Project

    Posted on 7th February 2013 by jenny.

    Grand-Designs-Controliss-Blinds

    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

  • Christmas is Coming!

    Posted on 12th December 2011 by Jules.

    13 DAYS TO GO….. With only 13 days left before Christmas, time is getting very short for Christmas shopping, tempers are getting short, feet are getting sore and wallets are becoming lighter! So before its too late, why not shop on-line? Although our order books are heavy, Controliss Blinds are miraculously still offering a made to measure remote control blind service, with FREE delivery in time for Christmas! This offer is only available until 5pm tomorrow, 13th December 2011; so if you would like the luxurious experience of motorised blinds in your home for Christmas, delay no longer! Our revitalized website was launched last week, showcasing lots of fabulous new collections, put together by my good self! We are now offering superb motorised curtain tracks, capable of spanning 10 metres; which as an Interior Designer, I appreciate how special this facility is! We have a fully stocked Somfy Shop, for all of your gadgets; intelligent hand held remote controls, wireless wall mounted switches with interchangeable face plates! In fact everything you might need to accompany a Controliss blind, whether it is battery powered or 240V, either as a stocking filler or an extra special treat! The Controliss customer service team are fully experienced and are always on hand to help with your fabric choices, and any queries you may have with measuring. When your new blinds arrive, if you need a little extra help there is no need to stress, our technical support team can guide you through installation and programming, so all that is left for you to do: is relax! Sit back and enjoy the beautiful, whisper quiet motion of a Controliss remote control blind. Having told you how we can improve your festive experience and relieve your stress, our tech support are currently still working on an effective cure for indigestion!!

    This Post was posted in Controliss® Blinds and was tagged with Christmas, controliss, interior design, motorised, remote control blinds, somfy

  • The Home Cinema Experience

    Posted on 28th June 2011 by Chris.

    Worlds Largest HDTV

    Over a century ago, people all over the world began to find significant enjoyment in motion picture entertainment. Even now, the movie industry continues to evolve to heighten our satisfaction when we go out for that cinema experience. This experience is now enjoyed by many, without leaving their home, using various appliances, including  large screen high definition TV screens, cinema type seating and blackout roller blinds to darken the room and create that authentic cinema ambience. The main advantage of a home cinema set up is that your choice of movie is not limited to the latest releases, but only limited by what you have in your collection, allowing you to maximise the enjoyment of your favourite movies, any time you want. At any standard cinema, the elements that elevate your visit from watching a movie, into the cinema experience we admire, are the lighting, the sound and the screen. Modern technology allows these elements to be imitated with ease in your home cinema. Starting with the lighting. The blackout effect can be easily achieved with the single push of a button using Controliss 12V battery powered or 240V mains electric remote control roller blinds. With our range of blackout fabrics, it is easy to choose window blinds that will look brilliant while the room is lit and offer exceptional convenience when you wish to dim the lighting in your home cinema. To create the surround sound effect of the cinema, there is a huge variety of speaker sets which you can arrange around the room to allow the different sounds of the movie to come at you from different directions. Speaker sets are usually made up of 5 separate speakers that divide the sounds into left and right rear, left and right front, and a central front sound source; as well as a sub-woofer for bass frequencies. All of these are connected to a central control unit that will allow you to instruct the system with regards to how you want the sound to be delivered throughout the room. Alternatively, the room could be filled with the sound coming from a single surround sound bar. A surround sound bar, as the name suggests, is a speaker system that is able to distribute sound around the room from just one outlet. The benefit of this is that you do not need to find positions for numerous speakers. Next, of course, is your screen. HDTVs are available in many sizes which, dependant on your preference, may require a fair distance between the screen and the seating to allow comfortable viewing. The worlds largest HDTV screen, located at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in the United States, boasts a width of 200 feet and a height of 80 feet. HDTVs are also available in varying resolutions, most commonly 720p and 1080p. These refer to the number of pixels in the screen that make up the over all picture, however, 1080p is considered to make very little difference in screens any smaller than 40 inches. Another possibility for showing your movie is a projector and screen. Projectors are also capable of displaying movies in 1080p quality and can project larger images, without having to invest in one of the larger TVs. And to complete your home cinema experience, needless to say, you will want to invest the necessary amount of popcorn. Although, if popcorn doesn't take your fancy, you can eat what ever you want in this cinema, after all, it's yours!

    This Post was posted in Home Cinema and was tagged with blackout, cinema, cinema experience, flat screen, home, home cinema, movie, remote control blinds, roller blinds, room, screen

  • Batteries For Your Controliss Blinds

    Posted on 28th May 2011 by Chris.

    Over 80% of the batteries sold worldwide, are of the AA or AAA sized batteries. These batteries power a massive number of everyday devices, including Controliss battery powered remote control blinds, and are primarily categorised into single use, disposable and the rechargeable form. Different devices possess different levels of power demand and in correspondence to this, different types of batteries are better suited to different devices. There are currently 4 more commonly used technologies used in disposable AA and AAA batteries: Zinc Chloride, Alkaline, Oxyride and Lithium. Zinc Chloride batteries are the cheapest version and cope best with low power devices, such as a small basic radio. When used in anything that is more demanding, the power is consumed very quickly. Alkaline battery technology is the most popular compromise between cost and performance. An alkaline battery will usually cost around twice as much as a zinc chloride battery, but will last 2 to 5 times as long in most circumstances. While different battery manufacturers use of this technology may alternate in their batteries, varying brands will typically perform to within 5% of each other. Oxride battery technology was launched fairly recently and is designed to last longer than alkaline in high power applications such as a digital cameras and MP3 players. Lithium batteries are capable of lasting more than twice as long as alkaline batteries in more demanding devices. The range of operational temperature of Lithium batteries is much wider than others, making them the battery of choice for devices that are to be used in extreme temperature conditions.

    Rechargeable Batteries

    Disposable batteries will hold charge for a long period of time, in contrast to rechargeable batteries that, without use, can lose their charge in matter of months. However, we love the newer rechargeable batteries like the Sanyo Eneloop's that work great with all of the battery powered Controliss Blinds including Roller blinds, Venetian blinds, Vertical blinds and Wood blinds. These fantastic batteries can be recharged up to 1500 times, will hold up to  75% of their charge for 12 months and can perform just as well as disposables. The 2 common types of rechargeable battery are: Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) and Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH). NiCd Rechargeable batteries are the cheaper option. They usually discharge quickly, should be fully drained before recharging to maintain effectiveness, and are not recommended for high power applications. NiMH Rechargeable batteries can be used for higher power devices as they have up to three time the capacity of NiCd batteries. Capacity is measured in milli-ampere-hours (mAh). The higher the mAh of a battery, the longer it should last in your device. Recent developments in rechargeable battery technology have allowed the production of rechargeable batteries that have a high capacity and much lower discharge rate than was previously available. Rechargeable batteries such as Sanyo's Eneloop and Gold Peak Group's GP ReCyko+ can hold 75% of their charge after a whole year without use. Rechargeable batteries can also work out much more economical in the long run than the disposable batteries as, with every recharge, you are reducing the number of batteries going into landfill sites. Showing that it pays for both you and the environment to choose wisely.

    This Post was posted in Controliss® Blinds and was tagged with batteries, battery, battery powered, blinds, controliss, power, rechargeable, remote control blinds, roller blinds, Venetian Blinds, vertical binds, wood blinds

  • Hassle-Free and User-Friendly Remote-Controlled Blinds

    Posted on 17th August 2010 by jenny.

    Remote Controlled Blinds

    Remote-controlled blinds sound fancy and luxurious compared to the typical blinds with cords. However, cordless blinds are not only designed for people who simple want to easily and comfortably adjust the blinds to control the lighting in the room. Remote-controlled blinds are particularly beneficial both to the elderly and people with disabilities. The safety features of this new technology are the main reason why more and more people who live with people with disabilities prefer remote-controlled blinds to traditional ones. Since remote-controlled blinds are operated by simply pressing a button, a person who is having mobility problems can now adjust the window blinds effortlessly. There is no need to get closer to the window to adjust the blinds. With the remote control, one can always lift or lower the blinds or open the blinds from any corner of the room anytime. If the window is too difficult to reach especially for people with disabilities, remote-controlled blinds are the solution to this problem. The window blinds don’t have to stay in a single position because it can be adjusted with ease even by people who are having difficulty in moving and reaching the windows. The amount of sun rays that come from outside can be easily controlled or totally blocked off, achieving the lighting that is desired at the very moment. Also, one should no longer worry about getting tangled with blind cords that could cause accidents or harm someone who tries to adjust the blinds. If there is someone in your home that has problems with mobility, then cordless blinds will help them control the lighting in the house on their own. Because of that, you are assured that anyone in your house is safe from an accident that traditional blinds usually create.  Our new range of Roller Blinds are completely cord free and are CE tested for electrical safety, they are possible the world's first child safe blind. Imagine the standard remote used for switching TV channels. That’s how the remote for cordless blind works, too. It is not complicated to use because it only needs standard AA batteries to operate it. You can choose from horizontal and vertical remote-controlled blinds. There also cordless blinds that one can customize to fit different sizes and shapes of windows, particularly arched windows.

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