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  • Introducing Somfy Sensitive Controls

    Posted on 20th March 2012 by Jules.

    As an Interior Designer, I am rarely attracted to gadgetry as aesthetics are generally compromised by technical hardware. However, I have recently discovered the exception to the rule! Having deliberated over the choice of fabric or finish for your Controliss remote control blinds it is essential to incorporate a simple yet stylish means of blind operation. Controliss Blinds have launched  the new Somfy 'Smoove' touch sensitive wireless wall control.  If that sounds technical already, let me explain exactly why this little gem appeals to me. Firstly, there are no unsightly wires or cables to try and conceal and no disruption to decor. Quite simply screw the mounting plate to the wall and click the module and decorative face plate in to place, even I could do it! With the installation easily resolved, we can explore the plethora of finish combinations available to co-ordinate with your decorative interior scheme.

    The central control module (or brains as far as we, the non technical are concerned) is available in white, silver, black or red.  This decided, there is a choice of 8 different frame options, from a stylish matt silver to a sophisticated walnut gloss surround.  Why not choose several options and change them periodically to give a whole new look? Having satisfied my design criteria, lets address the functionality.  The device is discretely proportioned at just 80mm x 80mm x 10mm, smaller than a standard light switch and beautifully finished. The central control module (brains) consists of a touch sensitive panel, up, down and a MY (personal setting) clearly visible. The module emits an audible beep signal whenever a movement or operation is selected, together with an Integrated LED acting as feedback to confirm detection of a touch command. Smoove Touch Sensitive Wall Control is an innovative wireless RTS switch to control 1 blind, or a group of blinds simultaneously, with a range of up to 20 metres through 2 concrete walls, so no line of sight is required to command your window blinds. The module is also available with open/close icons in place of the up/down arrows for use in conjunction with our electric curtain tracks. Smoove has a pure, simple, timeless appearance that fits into any interior scheme. If you think this desirable, innovative product sounds expensive, you would be wrong!  Available from the Controliss online Somfy shop from just £38.24 for the module and £8.96 for the frame, the designer look of Smoove touch sensitive wireless wall controls are accessible to all!

    This Post was posted in Remote Control and was tagged with blinds, control, Remote Control, RTS, sensitive, smoove, somfy, touch

  • Savvy Window Shading Solutions

    Posted on 16th January 2012 by Jules.

    Somfy Thermosunis RTS Sensor

    Although our Winter so far has been relatively mild, it will not have escaped
    your notice, that the wind has been unprecedented! The wind chill factor has made it seem much colder than the thermometer might suggest.
 So as temperatures drop and fuel bills inevitably increase, just imagine if half of your precious heat was escaping through your windows!

    From my years as a practising interior designer, I would have banked on fully interlined curtains in a heavyweight fabric having greater insulation properties than a roller blind, I would be wrong!  In mind of keeping warm, I read an article recently
 that I found quite surprising; curtains can cut heat loss by 14% whereas roller blinds are double that at 28%.  wooden venetian blinds offer a very impressive 50% reduction in heat loss, as wood is a natural insulator.

    The key to energy efficiency, is the ability to control the energy either created or consumed. Thoughtful use of solar shading is a highly efficient way to achieve such control.

 Remote control blinds create a minimalistic method of trapping a layer of still air between your windows or doors, and the internal room space; reducing heat transfer in both hot and cold conditions.
 Opening the blinds during the day in Winter, allows natural warmth from any available sunlight to warm the interior; this is known as solar gain.  Closing the blinds at night, reduces the possibility of that heat escaping.

    At the other end of the scale, the blinds repel the sun's heat in Summer, preventing unwanted solar heat gain and maintaining a more consistent temperature internally.  These very simple steps can reduce the need for heating and air-conditioning, 
in turn saving you money.

    This control process is known as the "shading coefficient"; careful choice of window treatment greatly influences the shading coefficient value, thus lowering your heating and cooling expenses. In fact, adding wooden venetian 
blinds to your window is comparable to installing double glazing in terms of heat conservation!

    Controliss Blinds are available in a vast array of fabrics and finishes, whether they are mains powered or battery operated. Not only do they make an impressive interior design statement, combined with the ultimate convenience of remote control; they can ultimately save you money by increasing the shading coefficient of your home.

    At Controliss, we
 have all solar reflectance and transmittance values for all of the fabrics and finishes we use.

 We can offer an additional stage to increasing your thermal shading requirements, by incorporating  a programmable remote control, this facility permits 6 user programmable timed operations per day.  The benefit of this programmable feature actually simulates occupancy in an empty house, and will enable the thermal properties of the blinds to utilised even when you are away.

    For the ultimate in window blind shading control our wireless Somfy Themosunis indoor sensor will raise or lower the shades automatically according to sunlight levels or sunlight and room temperature. The wirefree easy to use sensor is compatible with all Controliss mains powered blinds and a single sensor can operate up to four Controliss Roller blinds or wooden Venetian blinds.

    This Post was posted in Window Blinds and was tagged with blinds, controliss, electric, energy, heat, roller, shades, solar, somfy, themosunis, venetian

  • 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

  • Introducing - Curtain Tracks, Somfy, Lutron and More

    Posted on 3rd December 2011 by Jules.

    Controliss Blinds head into December with a brand new enhanced website design, a new collection of the latest electric curtain tracks, Lutron blinds and our new Somfy shop for easy on-line ordering of Somfy's most popular controls. With increased usability and visual appeal the newly designed streamlined web interface provides Controliss web visitors with an unparalleled on-line shopping experience for configuring and buying electric blinds. Electric Curtain tracks Our exciting new range of electric curtain tracks feature the very latest technology in motorised curtain track systems. These amazing curtain tracks are ultimately included more and more frequently in high-end interior projects, both commercially and residentially, where effortless control maximum impact is desired. Offering very sleek lines over a span of up to 10 metres, these smooth running tracks, with Touch Motion facility are second to none. Lutron Blinds Controliss blinds recent Lutron dealership approval is now visible on-line with a dedicated Lutron Blinds section offering information about the amazing collection of Lutron Sivoia Shades including Roller, Roman, Venetian, Curtain Tracks and Kirbe Vertical Curtain system. Somfy Shop As if this wasn’t enough, the busy Controliss team have introduced a new user-friendly Somfy shop, showcasing a comprehensive catalogue of popular Somfy controls and accessories from Somy's versatile selection of Telis remote control handsets, home automation accessories; not solely for window blinds but garage doors and electric gate automation too! The new Controliss website, not only looks great, but the increased functionality allows our visitors to browse with consummate ease through our extensive ranges; whilst our Customer Support Team are always on hand to offer help and advice in choosing the perfect electric blinds.

    This Post was posted in Controliss® Blinds and was tagged with blinds, controliss, curtain, curtain tracks, curtains, electric, lutron, lutron blinds, somfy, somfy blinds, tracks

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