Smart solar option

Eco-friendly, solar-powered integral blinds from Morley Glass and Glazing have been given a stylish makeover and an energy efficiency boost, the company has announced.

Renamed the W Smart system, the former W Swipe system is a range of venetian, pleated or black-out blinds encapsulated within a 20mm, 22mm, 27mm, 29mm or 32mm cavity, equipped with a 3.6V internal motor, and powered by a lithium-ion battery housed in a restyled battery module.

The battery can be either recharged via a micro-USB connector or by means of an external solar panel, both available as options. The blind can also be controlled by a 99-channel remote control, associated with the radio receiver that is integrated in the battery module as standard.

Ian Short, managing director at Morley Glass and Glazing, said: “We are long-term partners with Pellini that manufactures the W Smart ScreenLine blind system in Italy, and the latest innovations will deliver added value to installers and their customers. Installers will see our Uni-Blind brand name on the new system, which is a sign of quality and reassurance of our five-star service.”

The update also improves the functionality of the device, which has been improved by the introduction of two LED arrows that show the commands given to the blind through the module, or the need for recharging.

The slim size of the device (18mm deep) allows it to be placed on sliding windows, in vertical or horizontal positions.

The new W Smart system allows the information about each blind to be stored directly on the battery module attached on the glass or the window frame, thus avoiding the need to associate a specific control device with a specific window.

The battery module is available in four colours: silver, white, anthracite grey, and black.