The sunshade system of ordinary small apartment houses mostly involves opening and closing curtains, rolling curtains or blinds. Now Xiaomi and lifesmart have launched their own brand electric opening and closing curtain motors, while traditional electric sunshade companies such as duya motor and Hunter Douglas will also successively launch electric sunshade products that support apple homekit. The following are the main products: This paper introduces the sunshade system of the electric opening and closing curtain
Now the common intelligent electric curtain systems on the market are mainly divided into two types:
First, the intelligent curtain motor has built-in wireless control protocol, which can only be used with the manufacturer’s intelligent host or gateway, such as Xiaomi’s Aqara intelligent curtain motor system (or the motor directly supporting the Homekit protocol introduced by Dua).
This advantage is convenient wiring, only need to reserve power socket, control signal through wireless signal transmission.
2、 The electric curtain motor is a common strong current or weak current controlled motor. The smart home manufacturer has configured a curtain controller to control the curtain by connecting the controller to the motor. For example, lifesmart has a curtain controller:
The disadvantage of this control method is that another signal line needs to be placed from the electric curtain motor to the curtain controller (bedside or curtain side installation). The wiring will be more complex. Moreover, if both the gauze curtain and the cloth curtain are controlled, then there will be two motors and two controllers, and the cost will also increase. The advantage is that you can control any electric sunshade equipment, such as electric roller blinds, electric blinds and other sunshade equipment. Unlike the first one, you can only control it if the manufacturer has launched a special motor.
If Xiaomi’s intelligent curtain motor needs bedside control, it needs to be equipped with Xiaomi’s wireless panel or controlled by a mobile phone. Xiaomi does not provide a remote control. The second kind of ordinary electric curtain motor (such as duya brand) can also be equipped with a remote control, and can also be integrated into the intelligent control app for mobile control. If it is the intelligent motor that directly supports homekit, it should use the product with built-in wireless control protocol like Xiaomi’s motor. I think such a product is also the trend in the future, with simple wiring and convenient control, but the current support products are too few, which makes it inconvenient.
*Embedded tips for decoration wiring:
Electric curtain system includes motor and track, so the size of curtain box shall be considered during decoration. Generally, the length depends on the size of your window, and the width shall not be less than the recommended value of the manufacturer:
Here only shows the width of the curtain box of the straight rail. If you have electric curtain with curved rail in your home, you need to ask the curtain rail manufacturer for the specific size.
The most important thing is to put out the power line or control line. This power socket can be reserved on the left or right side of the curtain, and the motor can be installed on both sides of the track. It mainly depends on whether the installation position of your motor is obstructed by other things (such as the cover of doors and windows). The plug-in seat in the figure above is not ideal, I just want to give a schematic, because the position in the figure above is to install the socket, Finally, after the curtain cloth is installed, you can block the motor, but the socket can’t stop leaking out of the cloth, so it’s better to move the socket to the side of the window, under the motor or behind the motor, so the curtain will block the socket with the line.
If you use the curtain controller to control the electric curtain, if you don’t lay out the control line in the early stage, you can actually change the reserved socket into the curtain controller, which is hidden in the curtain box, so that you can also control the motor through the mobile phone. If you are a new decoration, you need to pull a 6-core power line from the installation position of the curtain box motor (1 motor needs 4 cores, 2 motors need 6-core control signal line) to the position of the curtain controller (such as the bedside). The zero fire line also needs to be reserved in the reserved bottom box of the curtain controller.
In conclusion, the simplest way of decoration and embedding is to reserve 220V power supply in the curtain box. As long as the power supply is reserved, other problems can be solved.
Functions of electric curtain opening and closing motor:
General timing, voice or scene linkage control I don’t introduce much, mainly talking about the more practical functions of curtain motor, such as hand pull start function, curtain motor with this function, you gently pull the curtain with your hand, the curtain will automatically run to the open or closed position, or in case of power failure, it can also be pulled like ordinary curtains. This function is more suitable for rooms with the elderly. The elderly often use their hands to pull the curtains. Without this function, they can’t move. It’s easy to have problems after a long time.
About the use of electric curtains:
My own experience is that, for example, in the bedroom, the electric curtain and light are linked into a bedtime mode. Now, everyone will not go to bed immediately when they go to bed. They will play with mobile phones and then go to bed. So we need a scene where the curtain is closed and a dark atmosphere is reserved for lighting. Such a bedtime mode will eliminate the switching action that we need to repeat every day, such as If you match the smart speaker, you can say directly in the bedroom: I’m going to bed. The bedtime mode will start automatically, and then you can start undressing. It’s convenient to think about it.