Blackout Roller Blinds in Pocklington by Yorkshire Blinds
Window blinds are fairly ancient inventions. The Persians hung wet cloth on their windows to protect them from desert dust and to make indoor temperatures more bearable. The ancient Chinese fashioned bamboo slats to give them a screen of privacy. The Venetians, who traded with the inhabitants of the Middle East, borrowed this concept from the Persians and brought the invention to Paris because they needed to have a source of income by peddling their wares.
Modern blinds, including Blackout Roller Blinds for windows resurfaced in the late 18th century, and the evolution of newer and stronger materials and production technology since then have made them as equally popular as their ancient cloth counterparts. The primary functions of window blinds – to provide a screen from external prying eyes, regulate external light, and lock in warmth – still hold true today as they did in the past.
Blackout Roller Blinds have become an essential household accessory, not only because the more modern home owner’s needs have remained unchanged, but also because of improvements in technology that have made window blinds of today equally decorative and functional. Well chosen blinds for windows add a focal splash of colour to, perhaps, a bland living space, while doing the job that was intended.
Blinds for windows in Pocklington can easily be categorised into Roman, Venetian, vertical (often called louvre), roller and panel. While they appear to be interchangeable, they are actually designed so that each window blind is best applied to certain window styles.
Roman Blinds Pocklington, for example, are made of fabric so that they fold up when raised. A one-piece area of material is mounted with slats on the back so the blind stacks neatly into horizontal pleats when pulled up by a chain or cord. This results in better insulation during cold months when lowered all the way down, lying flat as a single panel of fabric.
Roller Blinds Pocklington are also made of solid piece of fabric or other material that easily rolls up by means of chain or pre-loaded spring. There are no slats that provide the backbone of the blind, so that the material itself neatly wraps up around a lightweight, aluminium cylinder when the blinds are raised.
Venetian Blinds Pocklington are horizontal slats without the fabric. The slats are either made of wood, vinyl, or aluminium, and stack neatly together when raised. Venetian blinds allow light to pass through when the slats are rotated to open top to bottom. The slats can be set at an angle so as to regulate the amount of light entering the room.
Vertical Blinds Pocklington, also known as louvre blinds, are similar in principle to Venetian blinds except that the slats are, as the name suggests, hanging vertically, that is, top to bottom. While there are thin strips of vertical slats for smaller windows, vertical blinds are ideal for bigger windows or sliding doors. Buildings with expansive glass walls use vertical blinds to create an anti-glare screen when necessary while allowing as much light to the inside as possible.
Panel blinds function in the same way as vertical blinds in that they screen large openings or windows. The difference is that panel blinds are mounted on a track system that glides to the left or right. A piece of fabric or other material built into the panel provides the screen. As such, they also function as temporary dividers for large spaces
Of the many varieties of window blinds that are available to the home owner, even the most discriminating shopper is sure to find the ones suited to his or her taste.
Automated Blinds Controller
Levolor manufactures window coverings including vertical blinds, cellular shades, and roller shades. These window blinds are available in an assortment of materials such as aluminum, fabric, wood and vinyl, and are available in custom sizes. If, when you ordered the blinds, you measured incorrectly or ordered the wrong size by accident, the blinds may not fit your window exactly when you try to install them. Whatever the reason, most types of wooden Levolor blinds that come in slats can be cut to the correct width with a few tools.
Over the past few months, I’ve been working on my latest cloud-connected smart home project: an automated controller for my blinds. I’m naming this project Helen, after Helen Keller, an inspirational American author.
I’m always improving, and never satisfied, so this project has changed components a few times to get to the state where it’s at now:
Bali solar shades from Home Depot, with motorized option.
The motorization is supplied by Somfy, who basically has the monopoly on motorized shades. They come with a nice, simple, remote control.
My most very favorite cloud connected device, the Particle Photon.For the uninitiated, the photon is a super simple cloud-connected Arduino. Particle has great customer support, a busy community, and open source almost everything they do. I can’t speak highly enough.
A microcontroller (i.e. Arduino) lets you write a little bit of software (firmware, technically) to blink LEDs or set output pins high (3.3v) and low (0v). The photon extends that by giving it a cloud interface.
My idea was to simulate pressing the actual buttons on a real remote control, with a Photon. I bought a second remote control, and extracted the circuit board. I very carefully soldered some wires to the small pushbuttons on the remote. I connected those (via optoisolators) to outputs on my Photon. And that’s it, in a nutshell. Here are some pictures:
My remote control has 3 buttons: open, close, and “my” (an overloaded stop button). So I created 3 Particle Functions, used 3 pins for output, and connected those outputs to 3 optoisolators. I put the very simple Arduino code/sketch on GitHub.
Note: I lied a little bit. I actually have 2 blinds, and 9 functions, but the idea is the same.
A simple app with custom material style skeumorphic interface.
I used Inkscape to trace the actual remote, and draw a vector-based material style UI. I used Floating Action Buttons for the buttons. I used the Particle API for Android. I threw it all together in a Kotlin app.
Google Home -> IFTTT -> Particle
So what’s the next step? Well, controlling it by voice. Now my kids regularly ask our Google Home to “ok Google, please open the blinds”. IFTTT made this almost trivial. I created a new recipe, with Google Assistant as the trigger: “say a simple phrase”, and Particle as the action: “call a function”. That’s all there was to it!
Nothing in this project was super ground-breaking, but the end result was very fun!
The History of Venetian Blinds
Roller shades are an inexpensive solution to window decorating. They are readily available and can be customized to your style in a variety of ways. Roller shades can be room darkening or just filter the light. Simple, elegant or whimsical -- you can let your creativity flow while maintaining a decorating budget.(Debbie Williams)
Things You'll Need
- Tape measure
- Roller shade
- Acrylic paints
- Duct tape
- Cut vinyl
- Spray adhesive
- Fray check