Custom window treatment manufacturer Hunter Douglas subscribes to the notion of providing a wide selection of consumer options. The company already boasts a portfolio of 20-plus unique custom window treatments and automatable shades.
So it’s no surprise that, in step with recent consumer trends indicating that more homes are being pre-wired for automated window shades, the company’s director of product management, motorization, Scott Stephenson, told Connected Design that Hunter Douglas saw this as an opportune time to expand its offerings further, reasoning that these solutions are increasingly being added to homes at the early-stage design process.
In line with this thinking, the company has upped the ante once again, with the release of two automated shade solutions aimed at the premium market. Both solutions expand upon the current Hunter Douglas PowerView Automation platform to work with the portfolio of Hunter Douglas treatment styles, according to the announcement.
The new PowerView+ system (shown in use above), a low-voltage, hardwired shading control system, and the PowerView AC AC-powered system, for large windows and window banks up to 240 inches wide, both meet additional consumer needs in a broad range of applications.
The PowerView+ system is designed to significantly reduce shade operational noise, he says. Depending on the shade selected, noise reduction achieved ranges anywhere from 3dB to 12dB, he explains – a benefit achieved due to the use of floating housing for the motor mechanism, which reduces vibrations.
PowerView+ features a new 16-Shade Smart Power Supply that provides hardwired power and communication to the shades. It connects via Ethernet to the home IP network and via a standard four-conductor control cable to the shades. PowerView+ is available on the company’s Designer Roller Shades, Designer Screen Shades, Pirouette Window Shadings, and Silhouette Window Shadings.
PowerView AC provides RF control of 120VAC-powered Designer Roller Shades and Designer Screen Shades. It enables shade coupling, for side-by-side windows reaching up to 240 inches wide and up to five shades. Coupling provides one set of wiring for multiple windows, automation synchronization, and a larger surface area.
Both PowerView+ and PowerView AC use ultra-quiet motors, with the PowerView Hub serving as the central point of control of the shades and the interface to third-party control systems. PowerView+ and PowerView AC shades, further, can be combined in a mixed environment along with standard PowerView wired or battery-operated shades for one seamless whole-home system. In all cases, dealers can offer customers control of their shades independently though the PowerView App and the Pebble Remote, or integrate PowerView with home automation and control systems including Control4, Crestron, Savant, Elan, URC, and others.
Size options have increased for many shade styles across all PowerView Automation systems, including custom sizes up to 156 inches wide x 180 inches high for Designer Screen Shades. Pricing for any of the systems is custom quoted based on style, fabric, color, and size options, as well as the PowerView Automation system.
“Smart home adoption is at an all-time high in new custom builds and renovation projects. The new PowerView solutions were engineered to bring a full portfolio of competitive shading solutions to the custom integration channel,” reflects Stephenson in the statement. “Smart shading appeals to customers when they don’t have to compromise style,” he notes. “That’s a powerful opportunity for home automation dealers.”