Views and Daylight Versus Privacy and Shade
One of the greatest challenges an architect faces is balancing the need and desire for outdoor views and natural light with the need and desire for privacy and shade. You live on the ocean. You want to see it, so you’ve instructed the architect to glaze the entire back of the home with floor-to-ceiling windows. Now, you have all the views you could ever want and all the natural light you could ever need, but beach-goers can see into your bedroom and looking at your computer screen is like reading with cataracts. You need window treatments. Enter motorized shades.
Automatic Daylight Control
Motorized shades provide privacy and shade when down and views and daylight when up. The advantage of motorized shades over other window treatments is that they can be controlled at the touch of a button on remote or from your smartphone or tablet. Open the app on your tablet, select the offending window, and lower the shades to the desired level. Now, you can watch TV without glare. Automating your motorized shades adds the additional benefit of not needing to do anything. When you watch TV, the shades in the living room automatically lower to preset levels. Shades can raise and lower on a set schedule and respond to changing daylight patterns with daylight sensors. If the clouds roll in on a beautiful autumn day, the automatic window shades raise letting in the daylight, so you don’t need to turn on the interior lights in the middle of the day. Motorized shades are an important piece of the larger automation and energy efficiency picture. They let in natural daylight, offsetting the need for artificial light, and reduce heat build up from solar radiation, offsetting the need for additional air conditioning. And, don’t forget to add privacy to your boardroom with motorized shades. Motorized shades are not only for homes. Motorized shades serve the same utilities in the office environment. Watch worker productivity rise as the motorized shades rise.
Custom Window Style
Motorized shades come in many flavors. They can be specified in a roller style, a honeycomb style, or even drapery. Hundreds of shade materials in a variety of colors and textures are available to choose from. Different materials allow in or shade out different amounts of light, so even when the shades are down, you can allow some daylight to come through while maintaining privacy. Your motorized shades can be accessorized with different fascia and side channel options. Automatic window shades are tailored in style, color, and size to fit your windows and to blend in with the aesthetic of your home or office. Motorized shades are totally custom made to order for you.
Makers in Motion
There are many great manufacturers working in the motorized shade space. Lutron, Crestron, and Qmotion all make quality motorized shades. They all essentially do the same things and offer the same variety of choices in customization. All can be controlled via remote, and all can be automated. Qmotion adds a few advantages over the competitors. First, the spindle houses the standard D batteries that power the shades. The batteries are easy to replace, but will only require replacement about once every three years or so. Because they are battery powered, they are wireless, making Qmotion motorized shades perfect for retrofit of existing homes. Qmotion motorized shades are also more cost competitive than their industry counterparts. That’s why Qmotion is Fulkra’s preferred motorized shade technology partner.
The Fulkra Window Shade Advantage
Fulkra understands the importance of seamless integration of technology into your lifestyle. Balancing Lifestyle & Technology is our creed. Of course you want motorized shades. The challenge is finding a solution that fits your personal style and budget. Attention to detail is what sets Fulkra apart. We work closely with architects, builders, lighting designers, and interior designers to ensure the technology we select for you blends with your unique style. We have successfully executed motorized shading projects large and small. Ask us how we can help you strike a balance between light and shade.
Call 877.738.5572 today for more information about Motorized Shades. Fulkra is America’s favorite automation technology company.