How do motorized window shades work

How Do Motorized Window Shades Work?

Convenient Motorization Of Southwest Blinds And Shutters In PhoenixMotorized window shades have become increasingly popular in recent years due to the many benefits that they offer—just imagine being able to lower your shades when you want to sleep in without having to get out of bed. While the advantages of motorized shades are clear, however, their inner workings are a bit of a mystery to many homeowners. Keep reading to find out how motorized window shades work and learn about the different operation modes available.

Types of Motorized Shades

Motorized window shades are powered by a small, built-in motor that takes the place of a cord. There are several different methods that can be used to power the motor, the most common of which include:

Battery Power

Battery-powered shades are one of the most popular options, as they don’t need to be plugged in, thus creating a more streamlined appearance. Instead, the battery pack and motor are hidden away, often within the shades themselves. This makes battery-powered window shades ideal for out-of-the-way windows, such as skylights, as the shades don’t have to reach a power outlet. However, the batteries will need to be replaced occasionally, which is something to consider before going this route.


Hardwired window shades utilize your home’s main power supply in order to function, like most other electronics within your home. While this is convenient for many homeowners, it does mean that the shades will need to be plugged into an outlet, which, depending on the window’s location, can be a challenge.

Operation Methods

In addition to the power source, you’ll also be able to choose the operation method for your motorized window shades. There are several different methods available, including:

Remote Control Operation

A remote control is typically included with motorized window shades and is one of the simplest ways to operate them. Just point the remote at the shades, press the button, and your shades will move in the direction you select.

Smartphone Operation

If you are a smartphone user, you can sync your motorized window shades to an app and operate the shades from there. This allows you to control your shades from anywhere inside or outside your home, so you can shut your shades while on the go, if you forget to do so before you leave home. Plus, it allows you to program your shades to rise and lower at certain times throughout the day, so you can fall asleep in the dark and wake up to sunlight without even having to think about it.

Home Automation System Operation

For the ultimate in convenience, your motorized shades can be synched to your home automation system. This way, you’ll be able to control all motorized aspects of your home in the same place, helping to keep things simple.

Iphone ControlsWhere to Buy Motorized Window Shades

If you’re interested in having motorized window shades installed but aren’t sure which type is the best fit for your needs, turn to Southwest Blinds & Shutters. We are an experienced window treatment company that has been helping homeowners update their window coverings since 2002. We offer a wide selection of motorized window shades, including:

All of these motorized shades can be customized to suit your unique tastes, so you won’t have to sacrifice style or function. Plus, your shades will be made to order, ensuring that they fit your windows perfectly. They’ll also be expertly installed by our professional installation team, and we’ll back their work with a five-year worry-free guarantee.

Get a Free Estimate for Motorized Shades

To learn more about the different types of motorized shades that we offer, contact Southwest Blinds & Shutters today. And, be sure to schedule a free consultation for your project. We’re proud to serve homeowners throughout the Southwestern United States.

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