I am looking for suggestions/comments on everyone’s experiences with motorized shades. There are a number of options out there from $100 DIY to $1000. I am looking for something probably battery operated, integrates with HA, reports position, reliable, and able to be set to a specific position. Thanks in advance!
I use Somfy roller shades and their RTS to Z-Wave adapter (https://www.somfysystems.com/en-us/products/1811265/zwave-to-rts-interface). They are battery operated and have an optional solar panel for each shade in case you don’t want to worry about charging the batteries, though the panels are overpriced.
For a few blinds, I’m using My Smart Blinds with their hub as an upgrade to existing blinds, but that only gives you tilt open, not up/down.
Thanks Tomi. Has anyone tried Leviosa shades? https://leviosashades.com/
@JM123 I’m considering Leviosa too, please post back if you find any info on using them with HA
Disclosure - I am the Engineering Director for Leviosa Motor Shades.
Leviosa Motor Shades is an open system compatible with all major systems (ST, AHK, GH, C4, Alexa). Now 6 years old, Leviosa provides motor shades with the same fabrics as others (we all buy from same manufacturers), with the same 5-year warranty. Afterall, tubular motor technology is 50+ years old - it should no longer be so expensive. Leviosa is the affordable choice for top quality motor shades, with hardwire option or long-life power (large D-cell size that last for years - avoid those tiny AA battery systems or rechargeables that last only a few months). Shades up to 192" in width, dual shades, pocket cove systems, latest home automation - now affordable with Leviosa.
We are new to HA and have yet to integrate, but being an open system and having 100% success with all the others, we are confident in the integration. We are glad to provide our public API.
Hi Tony, do you have a European presence?
No European presence yet. We can sell there, just need to manage the shipping costs.
+1 for soma smart shades and the soma-ctrl project over the soma integration. No battery info with the official integration yet.
Glad to see some manufacturer input here. I ran across your shades while searching around for options. I have a few sample swatches from you and the quality looks great. What wireless protocol do they use? You mention API, so I assume they are WiFi capable? How about a sample shade for testing??
Yes, the ‘Leviosa Zone’ is a wifi-bridge to the 433 MHz shade frequency mandated by FCC. We provide demo shades to dealers for sales/marketing, and many customers purchase a ‘test’ shade before ordering for their full house.
Looking for shades on a new home build. Came across the Leviosa product and wanted to check on HA integration as that is important to me. Anybody made any progress on integration since Jan?
Tony - Any progress on getting support? Looking to purchase new blinds for my house.
Leviosa has been compatible with many home automation systems since 2018. Sorry we did not update. See details here. Since Leviosa is an open system, we have 100% compatibility with major systems to date. We plan to offer the integration with HA by the end of the year.