Lutron’s Smart Wood Blinds are excellent, but they come at a high price.
If you’re looking for smart home devices, you may start with the simple, fundamental items that the majority of people use, such as smart light bulbs, smart outlets, and a smart lock. You may buy any of these items at an affordable cost and have them installed in as little as a couple of minutes. On the other hand, there are the more complex smart home devices, such as smart sprinkler systems or comprehensive surveillance systems. Those are more costly to purchase and more difficult to install.
Window shades and blinds that are both stylish and functional fall somewhere in the center. They are pricey, and in some cases, abhorrently so, but installation is quick and uncomplicated. However, they will not provide you with immediate benefits, such as a smart light, and they will not save you money on your energy bill in the same way that a smart thermostat will, but they will make your daily life a little bit easier, especially if your window fixtures are in a difficult to reach location.
• Installation and configuration are simple.
• Perform precisely how you expect them to.
• They can be automated so that you never have to deal with them again.
• Exorbitantly expensive in the extreme
• There isn’t much of an advantage other than convenience.
• There is no compatibility for HomeKit or SmartThings, despite the fact that other Lutron products are compatible with those systems.
Earlier this year, we had a look at Ikea’s smart window shades, which are confined to either allowing in or blocking all of the light — you can’t have them partly let in more or less light when the sun changes position, for example. They are also only available in a limited number of sizes, which may or may not be compatible with your windows. However, the Serena Smart Wood blinds from Lutron may be tailored to fit the size of your windows and provide you with additional flexibility and control. The Serena Smart Wood Blinds, like other horizontal slat blinds, may be adjusted to allow different levels of light to filter through throughout the day as needed. To operate them, though, you may use a tiny remote control, the Lutron app for your smartphone, or even your voice, rather than tugging on a drawstring cord.
Alternatively, and perhaps most advantageously, you may set them to run automatically. Because you have granted access to the app to your location and indicated the direction in which your window faces, the blinds will automatically open at dawn and shut at evening as the sun sets. The location of the participants will be adjusted throughout the day in order to avoid glare and enhance natural light in the space. The “Fade Fighter” function, which automatically adjusts the tilt to prevent fading on carpets, furniture, and artwork that is close to the windows, may also be enabled.
In my kitchen, I’ve been trying the Serena Smart Wood Blinds for the better part of the summer, and although they are overkill and superfluous, they transform what would otherwise be a dull and frequently irritating experience into something enjoyable. I enter the kitchen in the morning and see that the blinds are already half open, allowing light to flood into the room. I am preparing coffee and breakfast. By the middle of the day, they are completely open, enabling all of the light to enter the room. Then, in the evening, when the sun begins to set, the blinds are drawn completely shut for the night.
Since the blinds are controlled entirely automatically, I haven’t needed to use the remote, the app, or even voice commands to operate them. A few times, I’ve wished for the blinds to open more completely than they would have done on their own, but other than that, it’s been a relatively set-and-forget experience.
Interestingly, the motor that controls how the blinds open and shut is really quiet – I only notice it when I stop what I’m doing and pay careful attention to what I’m hearing. The blinds I’ve been testing are powered by eight D-cell alkaline batteries; however, you may get the blinds with an AC converter if you want them to be powered on a permanent basis. According to Lutron, the batteries have a life span of two to five years when used on a regular basis.
The method of installing the blinds is the same as that of installing any other wooden slat blind and, provided that you have the correct size, it should only take a few minutes from start to end. Lutron does not sell these off the shelf — each pair is custom-sized to your window and takes around two weeks to arrive at your location, so it’s critical to measure once, twice, and possibly a third time to ensure that you’re obtaining the correct size for your window.
For simple blind control, you may just couple a remote with the blinds; however, if you want to utilize the app, Alexa, Google Assistant, or automated features, you’ll also need to have Lutron’s bridge installed and configured on your home network. That, of course, adds another layer of expense and complexity to the equation, but the hub can be used to operate Lutron dimmers, switches, and other connected devices.
I told you at the beginning of this article that the most significant hindrance to the use of Smart Wood Blinds is their cost, and this is by far the most detrimental aspect of them. Blinds that suit a single 65-inch wide kitchen window cost little over $800, including the remote control, and pricing begins at $599. However, if you don’t already have a Lutron bridge installed, you’ll have to pay an additional $80 to get one. The cost of outfitting my whole house with these blinds would likely run into the hundreds of dollars, and they are far more costly than equivalent manual wood blinds that I can get from my local Lowe’s or Home Depot store.
Additionally, there are some strange limits, such as the fact that they only operate with Alexa and the Google Assistant, not Apple’s HomeKit or Samsung’s SmartThings, all of which are supported by other Lutron devices. As previously said, I did not find the voice controls to be very useful, but if you wanted to set up an automation using HomeKit or SmartThings to shut the blinds when you left the home, you would be unable to do so.
In addition, although if the motor is responsible for the opening and shutting of the wood slats, the actual raising and lowering of the blinds in order to open or close the window behind them is still a human procedure. You may pull them up to a certain point and they will maintain their place, and the automated systems for adjusting the slats will continue to operate…. Without the use of a remote, an app, or voice commands, it is also impossible to open or shut the slats. It’s possible that visitors may find it difficult to operate them as a result of this.
The Smart Wood Blinds, despite their high price and restricted platform compatibility, are among of the most delightful smart home products I’ve used in recent memory. They are simple to set up, simple to operate, and dependable to the point that I have completely forgotten about them as I go about my business each day. However, unlike many smart home technologies, the Smart Wood Blinds perform precisely as expected. You will, however, have to pay a high price for this privilege.
Lutron’s Smart Wood Blinds are excellent, but they come at a high price. They will not save you money on your energy bill in the same way that a smart thermostat will. However, they will make your daily life a little bit easier, especially if your window fixtures are in a difficult to reach location. Lutron’s Serena Smart Wood Blinds may be tailored to fit the size of your windows. They can be adjusted to allow different levels of light to filter through throughout the day as needed.
You may use a remote control, the Lutron app or even your voice to operate them. The Lutron Blinds are custom-sized to your window and take around two weeks to arrive. The motor that controls how the blinds open and shut is really quiet – I only notice it when I stop what I’m doing and pay careful attention. The Smart Wood Blinds are among of the most delightful smart home products I’ve used in recent memory. They are simple to set up, simple to operate, and dependable to the point that I have completely forgotten about them as I go about my business each day.