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  Bulletin - 3 Levels of Blind, Shade, & Window/Skylight 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 Alexa and Google Home. 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 - 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. You can also add support for voice control systems such as Alexa® and Google Home®.

12v skylight openers You've seen how handy our skylight blind and shade systems are, now you can use the same safe, low voltage technology to open and close your skylights. It is simple to adapt this unit to most types of skylights and windows because it does not need to rotate in any way like hinged units do.

electric skylight opener installation exampleHere's an unobtrusive 12 volt electric skylight opener for controlling vents, skylights, windows and any other item you would like to move with a motorized actuator. It can be controlled by a simple switch, or with our optional remote controls. It also has an adjustable stroke.

We have also "Future Proofed" our RollerTrol Blind and Shade Products! If you later decide to expand your system, we have created an easy pathway that uses your existing hand held remotes, preserving your investment. Please read this to find out how to control our blind and shade motors with a pc, tablet, or phone.

The linear chain actuator pushes straight out from the fixed housing which lines up unobtrusively with your skylight frame, fastened in place with mounting screws. Attach the end of the chain actuator to the skylight with two screws and you're done!

Use it to control the motion of anything you want, including skylights, greenhouse vents, windows, etc. The flex link direct push drive has a 300mm stroke (~12"), the opening/closing force is approximately 20 lb (9 kg), current consumption is ~1.5 A. The stroke is also adjustable: 4" (100mm), 8" (200mm), 10" (250mm), 12" (300mm). These units work well with motorized awning windows.

Here's a set of pictures kindly provided by one of our customers, showing some details of his installation:

motorized awning window opener installation detail pictures

Here's an example of these actuators used to replace worn out Velux™ skylight motors:

Velux™ skylight motor replacement

Here's an example of horizontal and vertical sliders (single hung) using Pella® fiberglass windows:

motors for winow openers: horizontal and vertical sliders (single hung)

motorized skylight openerIt can be adapted to work with most types of skylights or windows: single hung, double hung, hinged casement, etc. The internal electronics provide motor overload cutoff and travel limit stops.

If you need to make a large skylight or bottom-up shade, you could also consider using our ShadeSlider™ belt drive skylight shade.

You can buy these electric skylight openers in our online store.

Please keep in mind you can also use them with our web enabled Z-wave interface, which further extends control to your phone, tablet, laptop or any other web enabled device (whether at home or away).

Care should be exercised when these units are installed where adults or children could get fingers caught in a closing window - serious injury could result. Use of insect screens can help eliminate this possibility.

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