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Bulletin - 3 Levels of Home & Building Automation

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 500 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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motorized window blind remote control system

Quiet:

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 simple, typically lamp or heavy duty 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.

Warranty:

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. You can use small high-efficiency rechargeable backup batteries that can be easily concealed, or you can use our motors with a built-in battery that is not connected to the AC grid, except during re-charge (solar optional).

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 60 uA for the radio receiver.

RollerTrol™ Systems Use Regular AC:

If you want an AC grid powered system, just use our standard plug-in 12v 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 article on how to make a motorized retractable skylight shade or window opener (linear actuator).

Control Window Blinds and Projector Screens Simultaneously:

Our multi-channel radio controllers can control groups of multiple radio equipped RollerTrol motors simultaneously, and you can also control them individually. Remotes can be cloned for multiple control locations.

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

Use Timers and/or Configure Light-Sensitive Blind and Shades

The BroadLink® RF-IR blaster automation unit is an affordable blind and shade hub, operated by Android and IOS apps. This device can learn RF radio signals for our blind motors and skylight/window openers and IR learning for TV. Convert old phones and tablets into powerful WiFi home automation controllers!

See our article series about BroadLink® Temperature and light sensitive blinds, shades & window openers

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

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. 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.

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.

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

Part
Number
Radio
Lift
lb/kg
Drive
OD
in/mm
Typical
Tube OD
in/mm
Torque
Nm
RPM
Volts Idle
Current (mA)
Max
Load
(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