motorized dual window shades
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).

dual motorized shadeHere's a happy duo that will make your day!

If you have enough room behind your window valance or fascia, you can mount 2 of our radio controlled motors and choose the type of shade to suit the time of day.

You can order our standard starter kits in our online store and add a second motor:

Window Shade Motor Kits

Our standard remote control motors require about 1.75" (44 mm) of horizontal space (1.5" OD tubing + 1/4" roll wrap), so you need less than 4 inches (100 mm) of frame depth to accommodate a dual roller system side by side. If you use the vertical offset roller arrangement, you can do it with a frame depth of less than 2.5" (64 mm)

The picture at right is a very nice installation one of our customers did. Note how the first shade has a see-through quality, while the second shade makes it opaque.dual window shades give you a wide range of control over room lighting conditions In this case, he used our standard (large) series because the tubing was big enough to accommodate the larger motors with a higher lift capacity.

The 18 mm mini motors require about 1.25" (32 mm) of horizontal space (1" OD tubing + 1/4" roll wrap space), so you need less than 3 inches (76 mm) of frame depth to accommodate a dual roller system side by side. If you use the vertical offset roller arrangement, you can do it with a frame depth of approximately 2" (50 mm).

This system makes it possible to deploy two different shade types, depending on conditions. If it's bright outside and you still want to see out, you could use some tinted solar film on one of the rollers.

If you have a home theater system and want blackout conditions, you could deploy opaque shade material.

If blackout blinds aren't to your liking, but you like privacy, you could use some translucent shade material, or semi-silvered solar film.

Our remote controlled tubular motors can be set for reverse operation so that you can organize the motorized shade roller positions however you like. The motors can be installed in either the left or the right side of the roller tube and each one can be programmed to go in the opposite direction when you hit the 'up' or 'down' switch on the remote.

You could easily set up a multiple window configuration where all the shades of one kind would retract simultaneously (going up), and all the shades of another kind could be deployed simultaneously (going down).

You would not have to wait until one type finished before you activate the other type; just a quick channel change on the multi-channel remote will do it.

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Some typical dual shade arrangements are shown above (left to right): dual shades side by side, dual shades with vertical offset, dual shades with vertical opposed rollers, triple horizontal (go crazy with three shades!), 14 channel remote.

dual motorized shade configuration dual motorized shade configuration Each blind can be assigned to a different channel, and you can 'group' the shade operation - if you have, say, 3 different windows, the first blind in each window can be assigned to one group, and the second shade of each window can be assigned to a different group.

So if you had, for instance, some tinted solar film material on your roller in each of 3 adjacent windows, you could make all three shades of that type deploy at once, on a single channel. So channel 1 might be solar film, channel 2 might be a blackout shade, and chanel 3 might be a translucent shade (on 3 different windows).

We have 1, 2, 5 and 15 channel remotes, so you can start small and expand your system later.

You can change the material to suit your needs, and you can use double sided tape or duct tape with a few wraps on it to fasten new material to the roller.

Buy our starter kits here:

Window Shade Motor Kits

Please note that we also have very affordable wireless sun sensor (or day/night) triggers, and wireless programmable timers.

We sincerely hope you enjoy using these advanced motors; if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time!