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4. Bedroom > 52. Motorize Your Window Blinds

Motorize Your Window Blinds

An inexpensive motor and some clever pulley assemblies enable you to automate the opening and closing of window blinds.

I designed and built a system that uses two motors to control the eight window blinds I have in my two-story family room. The system consists of pulleys placed under the floor, limit switches, gear motors, and the electronic circuitry needed to control the system.

Tip

Visit http://www.edcheung.com/automa/blinds.htm to view an animated picture of the blinds in action.

Here are the advantages of this design:

  • You can remove the hardware without scarring the home.

  • You still can operate the blinds manually, using the traditional method.

  • The motors and machinery are hidden from view.


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