September 07, 2011
| by Steven Castle
Think motorized shades are too expensive? Not any more. Lutron today announced its Sivoia QS cellular shades, which will be available in October starting a $299.
This is the first time Lutron has offered cellular shades, which are more energy efficient by trapping air between a two layers in a honeycomb pattern, and can as much as double the R-value (insulating value) or a triple-pane window.
The battery-powered Sivoia QS cellular shades use a new, patent-pending Triathlon Battery Life technology that utilizes hybrid drive design plus ultra-efficient standby power to extend battery life to three years. The small motors that fit into the headrail use six standard D batteries. Lutron says the standby power is 1/1000 of a watt, much smaller than the 1-watt standby power (the power used by electronics when they are not is use) touted by many energy-efficient electronics.
Several options are being introduced, including those that work with Lutron’s wireless RadioRA 2 and hard-wired HomeWorks QS total home control systems and Lutron’s Grafik Eye QS. A non-system option (not operated by a Lutron control system) will also be offered.
The three options are:
- Non-system version, controlled by an infrared remote, base price is $299.
- Non-system version, controlled by Lutron’s Pico wireless remote control base price is $324.
- Sivoia QS system version that is compatible with HomeWorks QS, RadioRA 2 and GRAFIK Eye QS, base price is $424.
Prices will vary, depending on size (up to 82” x 82”, maximum) and fabric selection.
The new, battery-powered, wire-free, cellular shade provides a crisp, clean look that enhances any decor and is available in three styles:
1. Single Cell Light Filtering Shades that allow daylight to filter into a space, even when shades are down.
2. Double Cell Light Filtering Shades that allows some light filtering into the space.
3. Single Cell Blackout Shades that blocks light entering into a space.
The cellular shades will be offered in more than 100 style combinations and almost 50 colors. The shades are built-to-order and are specified in Lutron’s Shade Configuration Tool (SCT).
Steven Castle is Electronic House's managing editor. he has been writing about consumer electronics, homes and energy efficiency topics for two decades. He is also the co-founder of GreenTech Advocates