I finally took the plunge and ordered my hub and a couple of devices for lights. I’d really like to automate my Hunter Douglas Platinum blinds, but reading the forum posts it looks difficult to do using third party wireless*. So, I have a couple of options:
open up the motor and connect the manual switch to a little relay. I have no power up there, so I’d need a little battery powered relay. Apparently, according to google and past forum posts, these do not really exist. Any ideas? Note this would be momentary close only, so the relay wouldn’t continuously drain the battery, only the z-wave radio would.
Buy another Hunter Douglas remote and tear it apart, connecting each button to a relay. So, I need seven little tiny relays, for the seven buttons. I bought the Vision In-Wall Z-Wave MicroSwitch for my lights, https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00R883YKU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 this could work but it’s a high voltage load relay, I only want to simulate pushing seven little tiny buttons in a low-voltage remote.
- The blinds use RF and IR. Direct IR integration is hard because the receiver is recessed so line-of-sight selection can be used, and also because it goes to sleep. The factory remote always sends an RF signal to wake up the blinds, and then will either send an RF signal or an IR signal to control them. Programmable RF blasters seem to be difficult to configure. Programmable IR blasters won’t send the RF wake-up signal, and would have to be placed accurately underneath each blind.