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  • Switched on windows

    Posted on 11th June 2013 by Andy.

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    A company from California is about to change the way you look at your windows – or should that be look through your windows? The firm, called SONTE, has developed a Smart Film that can be stuck on to your existing windows and can be controlled by a smartphone app via a wifi connection, allowing you to change the opacity of the glass. So you can go from crystal clear to frosted glass in the blink of an eye. The 0.4mm thick film is made up of lots of particles that are suspended in a liquid between two thin layers of plastic. Left alone they make the film appear opaque. But when a live current is passed through the film it becomes completely transparent. So you can reveal a beautiful view or guard your privacy in less than a second simply by using a free smartphone app. It will even let you adjust the settings to choose what amount of light the film lets through. The film can absorb up to 85% of UV rays, helps retain heat and only uses around 5 watts of power, so SONTE’s Digital Shade, as they are calling it, has excellent eco-credentials.

    The film that comes in one metre squared pieces is simple to install and has multiple uses around the home, from your living room to your bathroom. It’s also very affordable meaning it has the potential to revolutionise home and interior design. In homes that have a lot of glass it could prove an ideal replacement for or accompaniment to more traditional blinds. Find out more here: http://sonte.com/

    This Post was posted in Home & Garden and was tagged with blinds, film, glass, home, shades, sonte, window

  • 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

  • Automatic Blinds, Whatever The Weather

    Posted on 6th June 2012 by Chris.

    Controliss automatic window blinds can help you to get the most out of the weather while you are at home or away. When it is a beautiful day and you want to be energised by it's glorious ambience from the comfort of your lounge, you can open all of your blinds simultaneously with one touch of a button. Or if you are irritated by the glaring sun or want to cover the dreary sight of utterly grey skies, you can operate the blinds, together or individually, to cover the windows you want to cover, as much as you want them covering. Many other products can help you harness the diverse climates that your home may be subject to throughout the summer and make good use of the varying conditions. One device in particular, the Hydreon RG-11 Rain Gauge, is a maintenance-free rain sensor that could be used to send a signal to an automatic control system to close any skylights on the home as soon as it starts to rain. Because it is optical, it is more sensitive and reliable than other rain sensors. Therefore, it can be set up for other uses, including switching off a garden irrigation system to save water, frost sensing in a refrigerator or for collection of meteorological data. Another great weather-based sensing device is the Controliss Sunis Indoor WireFree RTS blinds sensor. This Somfy indoor sun sensor will communicate with Controliss battery powered and electric blinds, such as a roller blind or wood blind and would control the blind automatically upon sensing the sunlight. The huge advantage of this is that it reduces the necessity for an air conditioning system to be switched on. On the hot days of summer, the blind can be rolled down automatically to block the sun's heat, and in the winter, a roller blind can open up to let the sun warm the house through the windows or doors. These superb wireless window blind sensors can be turned off at any time and the sensitivity of it's sunlight detection can be adjusted using an internal dial. Since the British weather, especially, can often only be relied upon to be unreliable, it can very much be beneficial to get the systems in place that will help you to utilise each situation and deduct from some of the disappointment that the weather can provide.

    This Post was posted in Home & Garden and was tagged with automatic, blind, blinds, control, controliss, sensor, window

  • Creating an Inspiration Haven

    Posted on 14th November 2011 by Andy.

    The possibility of moving house is so exciting, and creating a home to bring up children or run your business from is a fantastic project. I must admit I can get a bit carried away with design ideas and what I would like in a home. Not only homes but offices could reap the benefits of having a creative room or an area where people can sit, think, plan and create. I would love to be able to design an inspirational room, which would inspire me, allow me to work at my maximum potential and meet with colleagues, so they can work at the same level of creativity. With this in mind, I have started to plan my own brain storming haven. Firstly, the space needs to be well lit, I think natural colours are always good for a base, then you can include bright objects and pieces of art to catch the eye, make you think, let you daydream and ultimately get those creative cogs turning. Something I have wanted for ages is a black board, it sounds a bit old fashioned but I can then write up all the projects that need working on and cross them off when complete. One better than this, as a friend mentioned to me last week, is blackboard paint you can use on the walls, then you can write on them and rub it off! It sounds like a brilliant idea, it’s like creating your own artwork repeatedly. Comfort is up most, you need a good area at which to sit and work, that does not strain your neck or cause any long-term problems, and so ergonomic furniture is perfect. I love to listen to music when I’m working, just in the background, then I feel that I can switch off and tune in at will when working on a project. Plus, when a brilliant song comes on, it really gets your thoughts going. In an office, something interactive is always great to allow people to be creative and engage in a process, so giant games of jenga or Sudoku are a great way to give people a 5 minute break but feel like they’re doing something creative. If you need a room that will act as a stimulus for those creative urges, there is a huge range of inspiring wall prints, original furniture designs, and the devices you need that could  help you keep your mind focused. For example, by installing Controliss remote control blinds in place to control the light in the room; without leaving your desk you can open your blinds to brighten the room or close them to a level that makes the light less glaring and create a mood that fuels your imagination.

    This Post was posted in Home Office and was tagged with blinds, controliss, creative, home, interior design, office, Remote Control, room, window, work

  • Has Anyone Seen The Keys?

    Posted on 4th August 2011 by Andy.

    When it comes to home security, Controliss automatically operated electric blinds can offer significant peace of mind. When controlled with a Controliss programmable remote control handset, your window blinds will operate automatically at a specified times of the day, giving the impression that you are at home, even if you are miles away. Of course, the typical way we cast our home security fears aside is by locking our doors and security system. Developers are continually trying to establish a better system than the everyday, often hard to find, house key.

    Say hello to your new front door key! It’s not a key as you would normally remember, that’s because Yale have invented the Keyfree locking system. It’s very similar to the system we now use to unlock our cars, which is remote control. It’s incredibly easy to use and is great for peace of mind, especially when you’ve just got back from the weekly food shop and it’s raining. Trying to find your keys in the bottom of the bag, whilst holding a load of shopping bags that are ready to burst, and getting wet, isn’t everyone’s idea of fun. With the Yale Keyfree, you can sit in the car, unlock the front door from your seat and, hey presto, you’re straight in with minimum fuss. The key will even talk to you if you want it to. So no more rummaging for keys in your bag, no more key cutting for spares, it is one simple system, which is battery powered. Even if the batteries fail, it still works with its backup emergency power. If you head upstairs and forget to lock the front door, not a problem, one press and you’re safe and secure. The Key Free Locking system comes as part of the handle and locking mechanism inside a multipoint locking door. You have a keypad on the inside, which also works as an alarm, so you can enter a code to lock and unlock, and the alarm sounds if anyone tries to tamper with the door. The remote key fob can lock and unlock from 10 meters away, and there is a slot for a normal key, which will override the system. So you have your remote control key for your car, your TV remote, your Controliss blinds remote and now you can lock and unlock your front and back doors with the Yale Keyfree Remote!

    This Post was posted in Remote Control and was tagged with automatic, blinds, controliss, door, doors, home security, locks, remote, Remote Control, security, system, window

  • Control Your Windows As Well As Your Blinds

    Posted on 18th July 2011 by Chris.

    In the torrid heat of summer, it seems of vital importance that you can open the windows to vent the warmth in your home and allow a refreshing breeze to rush through. At any time of the year, in fact, it is much more comforting to let fresh air in and prevent the circulation and recirculation of old, stale air. Well, not only can you attain luxurious window blinds control with Controliss remote control blinds, but other companies can provide you with kit that will allow you to open and close your windows remotely as well. Whether gaining access to the window is difficult, or electrically operated windows are simply an appealing convenience for your home, openers can be installed on many different types of windows. For a standard top hung, bottom hung, standard casement window, or skylight, you may place a single chain-type opener that will push the window open and retract to close it. Or for larger windows and roof lights, the much stronger twin chain opener will be required. To open roof vents and domes that may have otherwise been troublesome to access because of their high-level positioning, linear actuators can be installed. To operate these openers, an array of control options are available which include wall switches, remote controls, and controllers that sense temperature, rain and/or smoke. Wall switches can be linked to the window openers with 1 to 4 switches to control the windows in a room at any time, without requiring direct access to them. For remote control operation, a signal receiver and transmitter might be required, dependant upon the opening system you want to control. A remote control can be set up to give individual, grouped and overall window control. A system that is ideal for conservatories, or other rooms that can heat up quickly, is the temperature and rain window control. This control panel can open and close various windows or roof vents to control the temperature within that room. When it is raining, the rain sensor connected to the system will trigger a command to operate the openers again to prevent the rain getting in. Smoke Control systems can also be supplied that will provide natural ventilation by operating the window or vent opening actuators whenever smoke is detected. These systems will ordinarily have power supplied through a mains connection but can also have a backup battery power supply if the mains fails. With the lethality of smoke when part of a building is on fire, this ventilation could give extra time to evacuate the property and therefore, could be an invaluable system in any residential or commercial building.

    This Post was posted in Window Blinds and was tagged with blinds, control, open, openers, Remote Control, window, window blinds, window control, windows

  • Classroom Control

    Posted on 21st June 2011 by Chris.

    The Controliss collection of beautifully designed motorised window blinds with the sophistication and elegance of one-touch remote control of window coverings are a real hit with home owners throughout the UK. Although, it is not just home owners who can benefit from the smart aesthetics and practicality of our window blinds. Educational facilities also find remote control Roller blinds to be an extremely worthwhile proposition. While fitting neatly into any classroom, the blinds could serve multiple purposes in assisting the teachers with their efforts to educate pupils. A common purpose for window coverings in the home, especially properties that are close to public roads for example, is to give privacy by obstructing the view into the window. Privacy may too be one of the reasons to put blinds up in a classroom, but the barrier produced can also prevent the people inside from watching what is going on outside. This is particularly helpful in schools with younger pupils, since it is a regular occurrence that teachers struggle to maintain their pupils' attention while there is something outside that attracts interest. The other principal aim when window blinds are installed, is to gain control over the sunlight present in the room. This is where the Controliss electric window blinds bestow the top-level of convenience to it's users within a school, college or other learning environment. Projectors are a common tool used by teachers to present slide-shows, educational videos and other media to their pupils; but are much less effective when sunlight is making the projections difficult to see. The Blackout Roller Blind fabrics are available in varying colours, to comply with the décor of a room or even a lecture theatre, whilst also darkening it to give a clear view of the projection on display or any other demonstration that requires a dimmed room. And to return the natural light to the room, all blinds can be lifted again with the single push of a button. Since Controliss Roller Blinds are all remote controlled, they eliminate the need to access any draw cords or control chains to block or permit the sunlight, meaning they are ideal for parts of a building with high-level windows. The added benefit of having no draw cords is that extra safety is given to younger children who could potentially injure themselves from getting tangled in such cords. Our cordless roller blinds do not need to be confined to classrooms and lecture rooms; the stylishness and functionality of remote control blinds make them a welcome addition other areas of the facility, such as the labs, halls, canteens and kitchens. The end of the school year is fast approaching, and the school holidays may be the opportune time to get the rooms spruced up with a new set of Controliss electric shades.

    This Post was posted in Motorised Blinds and was tagged with blinds, child, classroom, control, controliss, cord, cordless, remote, roller, safe, safety, school, schools, window, window coverings

  • What Will You Add When You Use CAD?

    Posted on 12th June 2011 by Chris.

    If you're thinking about remodelling your home or even just an individual room, it is widely recommended that you have a floor plan drawn up before you make any drastic changes. In the past, whenever you wanted to make major changes to your rooms, such as, knocking some walls through or adding an extension and deciding where items like bookcases, tables, seating, maybe even window blinds will go; you would have had to take out a pencil, ruler and eraser to sketch your plan on graph paper in order to get an idea of how it will look. Or you could have enlisted a professional architect or engineer, who, for decades, have been using computer-aided design (CAD) software to draw up accurate floor plans. Early CAD programs were designed for professional, large scale projects and so would have been difficult for non-professionals to access and, not to mention, expensive if it was only to be used for a single house. Today, however, you can purchase and download software to your PC that is designed to be easy to use by anyone wanting to transform their home or rooms. These programs are available in the form of a CD-ROM or downloadable from a publisher's website, many of which will offer a free demo to give you a limited trial of the program to help you decide whether you want to purchase a full floor plan design suite. The advantage of using a CAD software package to plan your renovation, as opposed to on paper, is that the latest programs can all show a 2D and 3D model of your design and offer a choice of 1000s of furnishings, designs and textures to apply to the room. This presents the most ideal view of your ideas, and will let you play around with colours and styles, without implementing any physical changes to your actual house. Software developers offer various subscriptions for their design tools to allow customers to choose the version that will fulfil their needs without spending more for features that they will never need. For many simple projects, the free online programs, despite the limits placed on them, may suffice in creating a design for your space and choosing the best possible layout; without making any payments for a professional or a full design suite. For example, at www.floorplanner.com, there is a version of their design product available that will allow you to create one plan without charge. Once you have established the style and colours you want for your interior, don't forget that Controliss blinds offers free samples of wood, roller, venetian and vertical blinds. While CAD software can be used to produce a wonderful overall virtual design, our free samples will allow you to get a genuine feel for the physical texture and properties of our materials. For instance, if you order a fabric sample, you can hold it up to the sun light to comprehend how it will look when the sun is shining through your windows, something no design program is currently capable of showing you.

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    This Post was posted in Interior Design and was tagged with blinds, CAD, controliss, design, home, interior, interior design, plan, window

  • Window of Opportunity

    Posted on 31st May 2011 by Chris.

    One of the most significant features of a home is it's windows. They not only draw in the natural light that enlivens the atmosphere of your interior, they also have tremendous aesthetic importance to the interior and exterior of the house. The wide array of frames, styles and glass options can be combined to produce some very striking and pleasing results. And then you may even consider adding extras such as Controliss window blinds to give complete control over the amount of light you let in through your windows whilst completing a really stylish look. When choosing a frame, the more common options that come to mind are UPVC, timber and aluminium. But the less common selections, such as composite and cut stone frames may suit some homes better. Composite window frames combine the durability of aluminium with the natural insulation of timber, allowing your window frames to better withstand the extremes of the weather on the outside and still help to prevent heat escaping the home. For these reasons, composite frames are growing popularity. Another alternative is the cut stone window surround. Although these will not suit all homes, they give a grand look and are very long lasting. The style of the window very much depends on the window's location and surroundings. You may want your windows to tilt, swing open or be made to do both, but you will need to consider anything around the window that could potentially obstruct it's operation. For example, if you plan to have window blinds top fixed within the recess of the window, it may be in the way when opening a window that tilts and opens inwards. Alternatively, you may decide that you want a box sash window that you can simply slide open. Or you may even decide to install a sun tunnel. These are particularly beneficial for internal rooms as they will allow natural light where it would not normally reach. The various options available for your glass mean you can choose to make your windows, not only energy efficient, but also unique. Coloured or stained glass is a popular choice, but also obtainable are vinyl stained glass films that can be applied to a window to add an off-the-shelf design or even your own design. High quality windows are expensive, but by making the right choices, there is lot of opportunity to create something original that will be pleasing every time it is seen and that could last a lifetime too.

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    This Post was posted in Window Blinds and was tagged with blinds, frame, frames, glass, natural light, window, window blinds, windows

  • In The Auto-Garden

    Posted on 23rd May 2011 by Chris.

    This year has brought us the warmest April in the UK since Met Office records began, over a century ago. On those sunny mornings, drawn to the windows by the streaks of sunlight breaking through the gaps in our curtains or window blinds, we looked out and immediately started to make this year's 'To Do' list that will transform the garden we see before us into our own sun-blessed delight. The usual routine of mowing the lawn, weeding the flower beds and then giving the area it's necessary water can be a back-straining or, at least, time consuming process. There are, however, ways to make this easier on the back and your schedule as gardening is yet another act that can now be automated. As mentioned in the previous Controliss blinds blog, 'Robot Chores', there are a range of robot lawn mowers available to buy, such as the MowBot. The MowBot works by sensing the signals sent from a border wire that is laid down to separate the areas that do need mowing from the areas that do not. It can also detect objects such as trees and then work around them. While there is currently no practical technological device capable of removing weeds from your garden effectively, there are many chemical weed killers that are formulated to target specific types of weeds. An impressive gardening development that is becoming more and more common, is the automated micro irrigation system. This consists of a water computer or water timer, a pressure reducing unit, and any watering components that are required for the garden. The system can be set up and programmed to water the garden at a constant rate or at certain times through a series of water outlets including drippers, that will allow an accurate set amount of water to a particular pot or row of plants, and spray nozzles or sprinklers, that will cover the other areas. Automated micro irrigation systems not only make the task easier for you, they are also more efficient because they use the exact amount of water that is required. Just imagine, next time the sun graces your garden with it's radiance, you could get up in morning, open your blinds, and be presented with a glorious garden that is actually maximising its own magnificence while minimising your labor.

    This Post was posted in Home Automation and was tagged with automated, blinds, garden, gardening, Home Automation, Smart Home, window

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