In this blog, we will tell you about the various power options for Hunter Douglas PowerView blinds, shades or shutters. Though the video is focused on just one of them. We will cover that one first.
DC Power Supply
The DC power supply is a great choice for windows where we want consistent power. This is a choice that is made in place of battery packs. When you choose a DC power supply, you need an outlet to plug it in. Then you have a choice of how long the access cord is. They come in various lengths, from around a foot to 20 feet.
Keep in mind that when you do a DC Power Supply you cannot run the wires inside walls. This is due to code restrictions. As shown in the video, you need to prepare for how it will look. In this case, the installation of draperies covered the DC power supply.
These are the standard way to power your PowerView window treatments. Battery packs are sleeves that hold either AA or C batteries. The typical battery pack from Hunter Douglas is now provided with Duracell batteries. Keep this in mind: If you have a lot of motorized window coverings, you can be changing more batteries than you think. Each standard battery pack holds 12 AA batteries. So, if you have 10 shades, you will be changing 120 batteries. (Investment Tip- [Not Certified]) Buy stock in your favorite battery company!
Hard Wired Power Supplies
For people who are planning a major remodel or new construction, the hard wired options are best. No batteries to change and no visible wires to damage your views and overall design. Currently Hunter Douglas offers an 8 motor power supply and a 16 shade supply. Why did I use different terms to describe the motors? This is slightly complex, but I’ll simplify it as much as possible.
Some single shades use 2 motors for various reasons. So, with the 8 motor power supply, you may only be able to use it with 4 shades. This requires good consultation to determine how many you need. With the 16 shade power supply, it has been designed to handle 16 shades, regardless of the number of motors in the shade.
Hard wiring requires that the correct type of wire be run in your project by a professional. Please keep in mind that there are additional costs to hiring an electrician for this service.
Review of Power Supply Options
Batteries, Plug-In Power Supplies and Hard-Wired Power Supplies are the methods that are used by Hunter Douglas to give power to their PowerView window coverings. Which is the right choice for your project? My suggestion is to hire a Hunter Douglas PowerView Pro, which is a certified position with Hunter Douglas, to come to you to offer assistance. Paul Kempler, the owner of Kempler Design carries this certification and is qualified to assist you with your project.
Kempler Design is located in Reno NV and serves the northern Nevada and Lake Tahoe regions with a mobile design showroom. Paul Kempler, its founder is considered a window fashions expert. Kempler Design has been featured in many prestigious projects, including the HGTV dream home in Lake Tahoe. Kempler Design works with homeowners as well as interior design firms looking for a local contact in the Reno/Tahoe area or is available for travel.