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Morley Glass: Solar powered W Smart motorised blinds

W Smart operates independently of a home’s electricity supply,as solar energy charges an integrated rechargeable battery to power the blinds installed inside the insulated glass unit

The Uni-Blinds® W Smart integral blind system from Morley Glass enables home owners to benefit from the convenience of a motorised shading and privacy solution for their windows and doors without adding to their electricity use.

Using power generated from a small photovoltaic panel mounted on the exterior frame of the window or door, the W Smart operates completely independently of a home’s mains electricity supply. The ‘free’ solar energy from the sun ensures a rechargeable battery is continuously charged-up to give the integral blind more than sufficient electricity to operate it under normal conditions.

Available in a Venetian or pleated style, as with all Uni-Blinds® the W Smart is manufactured exclusively using the world-renowned ScreenLine® integral blind systems to guarantee superior long term performance and excellent aesthetics. It is simple to operate using a slide touch button control device magnetically attached to the window or by a remote control unit, both of which raise and lower the blind – and, in the case of the Venetian, tilt the slats.

W Smart represents the latest in innovative and ecological Italian design, providing an integral blind that can be encapsulated within a 20, 22, 27 or 29 millimetre cavity double glazed unit. The blind does not require hard wiring into a home’s mains electrical system, which makes installation straightforward without the need for an electrician.

Ian Short, Managing Director of Morley Glass said, “Never before have home owners been so conscious of electricity usage which means that energy efficient and 100 percent renewable energy powered products are in great demand. The beauty of the W Smart is that it can operate totally free of mains power apart from a very occasional boost using a micro-USB connection, giving home owners the benefits of a motorised integral blind without adding to their electricity bills.”

Another exciting development of W Smart, due for release early 2023, is a smart home enhancement. A new plug and play smart hub called ScreenHub®, developed by ScreenLine® manufacturer Pellini, enables the blind to be controlled using a smart phone app – a further benefit in addition to the remote control device already provided.

The eco-credentials of W Smart can be enhanced further through the manufacture of the double glazed units by Morley Glass using advanced glass products that offer superior thermal insulation and solar control. Specifying glass such as Planitherm One for W Smart blinds will deliver a complete integrated solar powered blind unit with ultra-low U-values, and solar control can be boosted by choosing Saint-Gobain COOL-LITE SKN 176 glass to prevent summertime overheating.

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