Motorisation for Curtains and Blinds

Motorisation can be easily applied to any of our Roman or Roller blind products. With customers wanting more convenient home features motorised blinds are becoming more popular. Motorisation is now a more affordable and accessible option for domestic homes.

We offer 3 different types of motorisation options for Roman and Roller blinds- Acmeda, Alpha & Somfy.

What other products can you motorise?

Curtains can also be motorised. (BQ currently uses a Forest motor for this solution)

Consideration for motorised Roman blinds

All motorised Roman blinds require an 80mm headboard projection. BQ recommend side flaps to conceal the componentry.

Roller and Roman blind motorisation – how to select the right brand?

Acmeda – BQ Design would classify this as an entry option. Limitations: Remotely it doesn’t offer a ‘pre-programmed intermediate’ position. Available in 40mm motor only. 3 remote channels: 1, 5 and 15.

Alpha - BQ Design would classify this as a mid range motor that does most things. This motor has an ‘up’ and ‘down’, as well as a pre-programmed ‘intermediate’ position. Available in 40mm motor only. 4 remote channels: 1,5,8.16.

Somfy – BQ Design would classify this as the top end motor. This motor has an ‘up’ and ‘down’, as well as a pre-programmed ‘intermediate’ position. Somfy is the most well known brand in the industry. Available in 40mm and 50mm only. 3 remote channels; 1, 4, 16.

With all our motorised blinds we offer a 3-year warranty on all the blinds. The motor carries the guarantee of the Brand that you purchase. Acmeda and Somfy offer a 5 year guarantee. Alpha offers a 7-year guarantee.

All companies have technical support on the phone. Somfy may visit the site if necessary while others don’t offer that particular service.

What is the difference between a remote control (RTS) and hard wire motor?

Remote control (RTS)

This motor operates with a remote control – similar to your TV. This is a simple home automation solution, which is convenient for both existing or new homes or buildings.

Somfy RTS system has an in-built receiver – which means that it is concealed in the tube.

Alpha and Acmeda RTS motors both have an external receiver. This is a small wire that protrudes from the tube to pick up the signal from the remote control. The colours of these external wires are: Acmeda white and Alpha black. These external wires can not be concealed behind the wall.

Hard wire

A hard wired motor is used in conjunction with a home automation system, (ie. CBUS) or a simple wall switch.

How to select the right size motor for your blinds

BQ Design offers 2 different motor sizes: 40mm and 50mm.

40mm – is the standard we recommend.  A 40mm is used as long as the weight limit is under 16 kilos.  As a guide this can be one blind that is 3000mm x 3000mm or linking 2 blinds at approximately 2400mm x 2400mm.

50mm is used if the weight is above 16 kilos. If a 50mm is required Somfy is the only brand that we provide.

Blinds can be linked. Remember there is an additional charge for the blind that is being linked. However this can be more cost effective than ordering another motor.

What you need to know about installation

BQ Design standard order: You will receive the blind and “tail” at the time we dispatch the job. 
Please note: You will need to specify on the Roman or Roller blind order form if you wish the “tail” to be sent to you prior to us dispatching the blind.  This means the electrician can wire the “tail” in place first for the installer to simply install and plug in the motorised blind

If BQ Design is installing your motorised blind we require you to have the tail wired in place prior to the installer’s arrival.

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