motorized window blinds
  Bulletin - 3 Levels of Blind, Shade, & Window Control 

Level 1 - RollerTrol™ Simple Remote Controls: We designed our system so that you can start out with our simple wall mount and hand held remotes for our shade/blind motors and skylight/window openers, then upgrade later to a more advanced system. Your investment is preserved as any remotes you purchase will still work, even if you upgrade to level 2 or 3 later. The remote control signals will be 'learned' and used by the higher levels of automation (see our blind & shade automation guide).

Level 2 - BroadLink® RF-IR Blaster Automation Hub: See our affordable blind and shade hub, operated by Android and IOS apps. This RF-IR blaster hub can learn RF radio signals for our blind motors and skylight/window openers and IR learning for TV. Convert old phones and tablets into WiFi home automation controllers!

Level 3 - Home Assistant™: We support the open-source Home Assistant (HASS) software. It runs on any platform, including the Raspberry Pi, see Convert Raspberry Pi into a powerful home automation controller for our BroadLink RF-IR hub, Alexa®, Wink®, Wemo®, SmartThings®, Z-Wave®, etc (over 700 devices and counting!).

Mermet® Custom Shades: For those of you wanting a more complete solution, we are now offering high quality shade and blind fabrics from Mermet®, mounted on standard tubing. Our motors just slide in and lock in place - no fuss no muss! Please check our Custom Blinds and Shades website for info.

Z-WAVE® Blind Automation: This protocol is often used in home automation systems. We have a Z-Wave interface for roller shade and blind motors, and Z-Wave control of our skylight and window opener systems.

We also have interfacing for all home automation systems via relays (see our blind & shade automation guide).

diy shades and blind motors with remote control Our high quality RollerTrol™ DC tubular motors for motorized shades and blinds with state-of-the-art remote control systems are precision engineered, safe for children and adults, and easy to install (see our new battery operated motors).

These motors are perfect for making custom remote control window blinds (with optional LED room lighting control), sun shades, skylight shades, solar shades, night shades, projector screens, awnings, actuators, banners or any application where you need a rotating tube. See the Projects menu above for DIY info and ideas.

You can start with our simple hand held remotes to control our radio motors, and later add on a full home automation system for our radio motors, allowing control by any web enabled device (phone, tablet, PC, etc) - at home or away.

See our "What's New" RollerTrol™ remote control products page, including our new CurtainCloser™ drapery and curtain motor kit, and our ShadeSlider™ skylight, door & bottom-up shade motor kit. See how the curtain opener is used in the ultimate home theater, and don't miss our motorized zwave window openers!

What our customers are saying:

♦ "Doing the blind myself with your motor ... cost me $240.00 ... I saved $600" - DH, Edmonton, Alberta

♦ "Thank you for an impeccable service! Wish everyone would work like you!" - JC, Miami, Florida

♦ "Great product, exceptionally quick delivery" - PV, New South Wales

♦ "Great seller, fast communication and shipping, highly recommend, thank you" - RS, Verdun, Quebec

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At an average 38 db, our RollerTrol™ motors are among the quietest motors in the industry. Many other tubular motor brands are much noisier.

Custom Sizes:

The width is controlled simply by the length of slide-on tubing you select (minimum is 11", or 29 cm), and the height is controlled by the length of material you select (maximum motor turns is unlimited, unlike other brands). Different motor torque ratings are also available.

Advantages of Our DC Series Rollertrol™ Motors:

  • lower cost overall
  • safe: low voltage 12 volts will not harm children or adults
  • an electrician is not required for installation
  • wiring is small gauge, typically lamp or speaker wire, easy to conceal
  • motor can be used in a variety of environments (home, RV, marine, etc)
  • many power source choices: A/C house current, battery, solar, etc.


We guarantee our RollerTrol™ motors against defect for a full year. They have been factory tested to 30,000+ cycles (approximate life of 82 years at 1 cycle per day).

Power Failure Protection:

If you use a battery in the system, they will work even when your building power has failed. We have small high-efficiency rechargeable backup batteries that can be easily concealed, or you can use your own system.

Power Source Flexibility:

Use a 12v solar panel system, wind generator, water wheel or other 12v power source. These are very efficient motors that require very little power to operate, typically 5 to 10 watts for perhaps 30 seconds when operating. If you use the radio remote type, the standby power is approximately 18 mA for the radio receiver. We also have special ultra-low power radio models with a standby power current of only .03 mA

RollerTrol™ Systems Use Regular AC:

Just use our standard plug-in 12v 'wall wart' power supplies. The battery is completely optional.

Use RollerTrol™ for Home Theater Screens AND Blackout Window Blinds:

You can make our RollerTrol™ motors do many different things. For example, see our latest article on how to make a motorized retractable skylight shade or window opener (linear actuator).

Control Window Blinds and Projector Screens Simultaneously:

Our inexpensive single-channel remote control radio remotes can control multiple non-radio equipped RollerTrol™ motors at the same time.

Our multi-channel radio controllers can control multiple radio equipped RollerTrol motors simultaneously with the 'ALL' setting.

(and don't miss the story about how a customer made a motorized home theater screen out of an Ikea® 'Tupplur' blind)

Control Window Blinds and Screens Separately, With a Single Remote:

Our multi-channel radio controllers can control radio equipped RollerTrol™ motors individually, but they also have an 'ALL' setting to move everything at once.

Add RollerTrol™ Motors to an Existing Remote Control:

You can purchase additional motors and add them to an existing group. RollerTrol™ radio controlled motors have full 'learning' capabilities and can be added to an existing system at any time.

Control Blinds and Screens In Other Rooms:

Our RollerTrol™ RF radio type remote controls pass the signal through walls and have a range that can reach anywhere in a typical home.

Create Large Groups of Controlled Motors:

We currently we have hand-held remotes with up to 14 individual channels. If you don't need individual control, our non-radio models can be run simultaneously with a single controller. There is no limit to the number of RollerTrol™ motors that can be set up in a group, provided you use a controller and power supply that can handle the load adequately. Use of a battery also reduces the power supply size requirement.

Interface RollerTrol™ Systems With Other Home Automation Systems:

Our controllers can be modified to accept external switch closure signals from any other type of home automation system with our Universal Motor Interface.

Or, use our ZWAVE Interface with our Vera home automation controller. The Vera system is about choice, budget & versatility: it can be operated by any web enabled device via the browser (smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops) and any operating system (Windows®, Apple®, Linux®, B2G, Android®, Tizen®, IOS®, etc). It can also control various different device protocols, such as Z-Wave®, Insteon®, and x10®. It can be customized to support any device with the Lua scripting language, although the built-in user-friendly interface can set up 'scenes' to do almost anything.

Set the Upper and Lower Travel Limits Easily:

RollerTrol™ radio equipped motors use an electronic system set by activating a 'learn' mode with the multi-channel remote control, and the limits are set from the remote. You don't have to touch the motors at all. This is much easier than the old style with hard to access screw settings on the motor.

The non-radio type of RollerTrol™ motor is set by activating a 'learn' switch on the motor itself, in conjunction with our low cost RF remote controller. This is still much easier and more accurate than the rotating screw system.

Use Any Length of Blind, Screen, or Banner Material:

The RollerTrol™ motors use an electronic 'pulse count' system, instead of the old style of screw adjustment mechanical limit system. Unlike these older mechanical designs, the number of rotations allowed is UNLIMITED.

Use a timer to operate blinds and shades:

The RollerTrol™ radio motors can be operated by a wireless battery operated programmable timer mounted on the wall.

Use a light sensor to operate blinds and shades:

The RollerTrol™ radio motors can be operated by a wireless battery operated light sensor motor controller mounted on the wall.

Tubular Motor Comparison Matrix: (*key specifications in yellow)

Tube OD
Volts Idle
Current (mA)
Mini Series: (16mm housing diameter)
TMDG-12-16-03-50-R Y 3/1.4 0.70/20 1.0/25 0.3 50 12 0.07 340
TMDG-12-16-03-50-RB Y 3/1.4 0.70/20 1.0/25 0.3 50 12 0.07 n/a
Standard Series: (25mm housing diameter)
TMDG-12-25-15-28-R Y 12/5.5 1.37/35 1.5/38 1.5 28 12 0.07 1500
TMDC-12-25-15-28-NR N 12/5.5 1.37/35 1.5/38 1.5 28 12 0 1500
TMDG-12-25-16-40-RB Y 16/7.25 1.37/35 1.5/38 1.1 40 12 0.07 n/a
HEAVY DUTY Series: (28mm housing diameter)
TMDG-12-28-24-28-R Y 24/11 1.37/35 1.5/38 2.0 28 12 0.07 1500
TMDG-12-28-24-28-RB Y 24/11 1.37/35 1.5/38 2.0 28 12 0.07 n/a
MAXI Series: (45mm housing diameter)
TMDG-12-35-45-9-XR Y 45/20 2.4/60 2.5/64 10 9 12 7 4000
TMDG-12-35-45-9-NR N 45/20 2.4/60 2.5/64 10 9 12 0 4000
TMDG-12-35-45-9-RB Y 45/20 2.4/60 2.5/64 10 9 12 0.07 n/a
Battery Series (repeated above) - built-in rechargeable Li battery with solar panel option
TMDG-12-16-03-50-RB Y 3/1.4 0.70/20 1.0/25 0.3 50 12 0.07 n/a
TMDG-12-25-16-40-RB Y 16/7.25 1.37/35 1.5/38 1.1 40 12 0.07 n/a
TMDG-12-28-24-28-RB Y 24/11 1.37/35 1.5/38 2.0 28 12 0.07 n/a
TMDG-12-35-45-9-RB Y 45/20 2.4/60 2.5/64 10 9 12 0.07 n/a