Serena by Lutron Smart Wood Blinds review: Pretty and expensive

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Lutron makes one in every of our favourite motorized shades, however the firm additionally provides motorized blinds. What’s the distinction? Window blinds are thought of “arduous” window coverings as a result of they include slats—picket, on this case—that drop down from the highest of the window (or that slide left or proper, within the case of vertical blinds).

The motor mounted within the headrail of the Serena blinds tilts the 2-inch slats for privateness and light-weight management. The amassed weight of the slats, nonetheless, makes them too heavy for the motor to elevate—although Lutron fabricates the slats from a gentle, fine-grained timber referred to as North American basswood. If you wish to absolutely expose the window, you’ll need to elevate the blinds by hand and pull them again down to shut.

This evaluate is a part of TechHive’s protection of the perfect good shades and blinds, the place you’ll discover opinions of competing merchandise, plus a purchaser’s information to the options you need to contemplate when searching for this kind of product.

The upside is that tilting the slats from their closed place to permit most mild into the room takes simply a few seconds, versus 20 to 30 seconds to elevate or roll up a cloth shade. The tilted slats in a blind will be adjusted to permit extra mild into the room than even a light-filtering shade, and so they received’t totally block your view out. Additionally, you may tilt the slats even when the blinds are partially lifted.

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Every of Lutron’s good wooden blinds can reply independently primarily based on the time of day and the window’s publicity to the solar.

Lutron sells its Serena product line by customized installers who will take all of the anxiousness out of precisely measuring your home windows and putting in its merchandise, or you should buy them direct and set up them your self. We took the latter method for this evaluate. You’ll be able to order single blinds in widths from 20 to 72 inches and in lengths as much as 72 inches. The blinds are made to order, and it takes about two weeks for them to reach at your property.

Kinds and energy choices

Serena Good Wooden Blinds can be found in 4 stained finishes (darkish walnut, mild oak, crimson mahogany, or walnut) and 4 painted finishes (arctic white, mist gray, gentle white, or stone gray). Whether or not you select an inside or exterior mount (I went with the previous), the blinds come together with your alternative of two valance kinds that cowl the headrail. The valances are available in the identical end because the blinds, however one is barely extra ornate than the opposite. You probably have very massive home windows or home windows which might be shut collectively, you may mount two shades beneath a single valance (in widths from 40 to 96 inches).

Lutron provides these shades with battery (4 D cells) or hardwired energy choices, the latter being both a $40 wall wart hooked up to a 15-foot wire for every shade, or a professionally put in Lutron Energy Panel. The Energy Panel can assist a number of blinds and shades, nevertheless it prices $800, plus set up. I selected the battery possibility, as I imagine most DIYers will. I ordered a pair for matching home windows as a result of I needed to see if they might open and shut in sync. They don’t fairly handle that trick, however the delay hasn’t confirmed to be a trouble as a result of the transitions occur so shortly.

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Serena Good Wooden Blinds function on 4 D cell batteries mounted within the entrance of the headrail.

As with Lutron’s Serena motorized honeycomb shades, the batteries for its Serena wooden blinds set up within the entrance of the headrail. However moderately than tilting the headrail down to show the battery compartment, as you do with its shades, you slide the entrance of the valance down when it is advisable to change the batteries within the wooden blinds. Battery life will, in fact, rely upon how usually you regulate the lean of the blinds, however I can report that the batteries within the firm’s good shade are nonetheless working sturdy after a 12 months’s use with sometimes two operations (open at dawn, shut at sundown) per day. Having the battery compartment within the entrance of the headrail means there’s not a lot to see when seen from exterior the window, which is an efficient factor.

Management choices

It is a good time to debate management choices. I’d say the only answer is to make use of Lutron’s Caséta smartphone app, however that is determined by the presence of the Caséta Good Bridge ($80), which I’ll get to in a second. A less-expensive various is Lutron’s wafer-thin five-button Wooden Blinds Pico distant, a $25 possibility with devoted sq. buttons on the prime and backside for tilting the shade slats open and closed, respectively, triangular tilt-up and tilt-down buttons in the midst of the distant that regulate the lean of the shades so long as you maintain them down (till they attain their limits, that’s), and a spherical “favorites” button in the midst of the distant that memorizes your most well-liked tilt place.

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