Innovate or die! It’s true. Hunter Douglas is seemingly always the first to come to market with revolutionary products and adjustments to meet consumer need, or to create a market for their products. Kudos to them. The current trend that they are meeting with this new innovation is that of cordless window coverings. Blossoming as a result of the regulations that the government is bringing upon the industry, cordless systems will become the norm in the not too distant future. Hunter Douglas is slightly ahead of the game in this case by introducing the Silhouette Shade with LiteRise. As the video shows, you are able to operate the shade with your hands, and it is almost effortless.
Keep in mind as with all manual operated cord-free window coverings, if you can’t reach the top of the window, you will need a method to do so. There are a couple of ways to do this. One is a tassel that can hang down, as in the case of the Silhouette Shade. Another is a telescoping pole with a hook in it to grab the handle at the bottom of the shade. Of course, you could grab a step-stool, but then again, more people die from falls from ladders than from cord strangulation. So, you make the choice! If it were up to me, I’d wire every new house with electrical wiring for motorized window coverings.