The Impact of Home Automation on Window Treatment Solutions
With artificial intelligence and machine learning finding ever-increasing applications in all walks of life and with high-speed internet becoming more affordable and mainstream, we have seen a paradigm shift in technology and its implementation. From the gadgets that we use to other household devices that form an integral part of our daily routine, everything is getting smarter and becoming more efficient.
This has redefined what a modern home signifies and what are the dynamics of living in a modern home. Smart devices and products have gained in popularity in recent years. They have vastly improved our productivity and are constantly pushing the envelope as far as the limit to what such devices can do is concerned. Smart ACs to smart lights, smart doorbells to smart speakers, devices have become more intelligent and capable of interacting with each other over a shared network. This has opened up new avenues with immense possibilities for home automation.
The window treatment industry has also been very quick to adapt to the changing order of things and has already been incorporating smart home technologies into the window treatment products as well. Motorized shades are the industry’s response to the smart home revolution that we all bear witness to. The motorized shades allow you to remotely operate them using a remote, your smartphone, or even your voice command if the motorized shades have built-in support for the virtual assistant. You can even adjust the settings and program them to function autonomously mimicking your daily routine.
What are Zebra Motorized Shades?
Zebra motorized shades are just like any other motorized shades variant with an added feature. The fabric of these shades is not of a single uniform openness or opacity. These shades comprise of a fabric that has portions of different opacities at regular intervals; one is more akin to the fabric of sheer shades while the other portion is more opaque and is closer to the fabric of blackout shades. Thus the fabric of these shades with portions of alternating opacities creates a look that is reminiscent of the stripes found on the body of a Zebra. Hence, these shades are popularly known as Zebra motorized shades.
This alternating pattern of varying opacities makes these shades more versatile in terms of the light control options that they offer. With shades that have a fabric layer that has uniform openness, you either get to enjoy the view of the outside (for sheer and light-filtering shades) or you have to give up the view of the outside completely (in case of room-darkening and blackout shades). For blackout shades, you either keep the shades drawn to ensure privacy or you have to pull the shades up to get the view of the outside or to allow more light inside the house and compromise your privacy in the process.
With Zebra shades you do not have to make such compromises. You get the best of both worlds. You can enjoy the view of the outside through the portion that is sheerer without having the pull the shades up. At the same time, you also get better blackout and privacy performance due to the thicker fabric portion whose opacity is higher. You can adjust the shades to vary the amount of light that enters inside the house.
How to Adjust the Upper and Lower Limits for Your Zebra Motorized Shades?
The Zebra motorized shades just like any other type of motorized shades come with a pre-defined upper and lower limit that constitutes the default operational settings for the shades. These pre-defined limits may be good enough for most people as the default settings are designed keeping in mind the standard window dimensions and the operational limits preferred by the masses. However, sometimes you may need to change these limits to better suit your requirements.
Changing the upper and the lower limits of these shades are pretty simple and can be accomplished in a few easy steps. Lets us look at them in greater detail:
Adjusting the Upper Limit
• Step 1:The first step is to check if the Zebra motorized shades in question are not part of a group of shades that are operated together. If this is the case, then you should first unplug the other shades before adjusting the upper limit of these shades.
• Step 2: Take the remote through which you operate the shades. Press the Up button and then release it. This will allow the shades to reach the pre-set upper limit.
• Step 3: Once the shades reach the uppermost pre-set position and stop there, adjust the shade about 6-10” below that upper limit. Now press and hold the program button on the back of the remote until the shades jog, i.e. the shades undertake a brief up and down movement. Doing this takes the shades into the adjustment mode where you can fix the upper limit that you prefer.
• Step 4: Using the ‘up’ or ‘down’ buttons adjust the height of the shades until they reach the position that you want to make the new upper limit.
• Step 5:Press and hold the program button on the back of the remote until the shades jog again. Now your new upper limit is set
Adjusting the Lower Limit
• Step 1: Most of the steps are similar to those involved in adjusting the upper limit of the Zebra motorized shades. You start by pressing the down button and releasing it to allow the shades to reach their pre-set lower limit.
• Step 2: Once the shades have reached their preset lower limit, adjust the shade so that it is about 6-10” above that lower limit. Now press and hold the program button on the back of the remote until the shades jog.
• Step 3: Then adjust the lower position of the shades by pressing ‘up’ and ‘down’ buttons until the shades reach your preferred lower position.
• Step 4: Now press and hold the program button on the back of the remote until the shades jog again. This will set the new lower limit for your shades.
So, you can clearly see that adjusting the upper and lower limits for your Zebra motorized shades is super easy and can be accomplished in a few simple steps. If for some reason, the shades fail to reach your preferred upper or lower position during adjustment, there may be some technical issue with the shades. In such cases, you should contact the brand or the seller from whom you purchased your Zebra motorized shades.