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How To Pre-Wire Your Home For Automated Shades


 

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Do you recall when motorized blinds were mostly reserved for high-end clientele, beyond the means of the average consumer? Thanks to decades of industry advancements, motorized shades have become more accessible, fitting every application and budget. Homeowners are embracing an array of tech products, from HVAC controls to appliances and lighting, and now, window shadings that seamlessly integrate with both DIY options such as Google Home, Alexa, Apple HomeKit, as well as professional systems like Crestron, Control 4, RTI, Savant, and others.

Builders now have the opportunity to enhance home value by pre-wiring specific windows for motorized window shadings. Often, customers wonder why their builders overlooked pre-wiring, as they increasingly prefer the convenience of not dealing with battery charging or replacements. Eliminating the need for recharging or changing batteries is possible when homes are pre-wired to power shades. The crucial step lies in including pre-wiring before the installation of drywall. This strategic foresight is key for a seamless integration process.


High window with a ladder leaning next to it
Would you want to climb up here to change batteries?

Pre-wiring a home eliminates the need for homeowners to climb ladders and recharge batteries every year.




Best locations for pre-wiring include:

  • 2nd floor dormers, staircase windows, and high living room windows.

  • Customers also often request motorized blinds in windows located over beds, behind bathtubs, and in over-the-counter windows.


An essential aspect to take into account regarding window shade motorization is the ongoing efforts by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to phase out the sale of most corded blinds and shades in the United States by the end of 2023. Consequently, cordless and motorized shades will become the sole available control options. This change means that windows situated in inaccessible areas, once operable through long cords, will now pose greater challenges in operation without motorization.


For a small initial investment, a builder can increase the value of their homes while future-proofing the end product for their customers.

So what is involved with pre-wiring a new build for window blinds & shades?


The Process


Step 1: Connect with us.

Send us house plans with window schedules that you wish to have wired and we will provide a quote for materials. The power supply type and location will also be determined at this time. Utility closets or garages are popular locations.


House Plans showing low voltage wire routes for automated shades

Step 2: We deliver materials directly to your electrician or your on-site general contractor.

Electrician Responsibilities:

  • Pull individual home runs to each window as per the builder/customer's specifications

  • Pull power and ethernet to power supply location

  • Install power supply. (Recessed of Surface Mounted)


Hunter Douglas Powerview power supply


Step 3: Electrician energizes box during final trim out.

By following these steps you will add the value of convenience and practicality to your build. Now you are able to purchase and operate motorized window treatments without ever having to climb a ladder to recharge or replace batteries. Even if you choose not to utilize all of the prewiring, it will be available in the future when you are ready to integrate and operate motorized window treatments.


If you are building your home or doing extensive remodeling and want to schedule a free consultation and quote for prewiring your home then feel free to reach out to us here. In the meantime click the link here to download our Ultimate Guide For Prewiring Your Home!




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