Z-Wave + integrated blinds/shades: Custom Graber Virtual Cord Shades

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For everyone asking if new coupons will be posted, they will be tomorrow along with the promised updated. Also there will be some big specials going on over the next two weeks in relation to tomorrows announcement.

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@ZebraBlinds In leiu of the upcoming announcement is it possible to cancel my delayed order and repurchase after the new “expansion” and upcoming “big specials?”

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After almost a year of requests we finally have our signature product, the Zebra Style of Shades is now available with the Virtual Cord Z-wave Motors.

Virtual Cord Graber Mezzanine Layered Zebra Shades: https://www.zebrablinds.com/virtual-cord-z-wave-mezzanine-layered-zebra-sheer-shades
Virtual Cord Graber Overture Sheer Shades: https://www.zebrablinds.com/virtual-cord-z-wave-overture-sheer-shades
Virtual Cord Fresco Roman Shades: https://www.zebrablinds.com/virtual-cord-z-wave-fresco-roman-shades

Video of the Mezzanine and Overture Sheer without Z-wave motors. Videos with Z-wave will be up soonish:

Will be updated tomorrow.

Not updated yet but will be available in 1 - 2 weeks time. Wall mounts for the additional remote will be available. The mount lets you install the remote on the wall like you would a switch. Pricing will be provided when available for purchase.

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Additional Notes:
The sheer shades have a light gap, so please be aware that on all inside mount installations you are expecting atleast an 1" on each side for a total of 2". On outside mounts you should add atleast 2" on each side for proper overlap of the window opening.

So it looks like I’ll be getting my shades tomorrow. Just started pricing Lithium batteries… Ouch! I should have ordered the wall transformers.


Customers have reported pretty good lifetime with the Kirkland Alkaline batteries from Costco (We have personally never tested them). Good lithium ions should go for 6 - 12 months easy.

Has anyone had any luck using/controlling these blinds via HomeKit (by way of HomeBridge)? If so, feel free to share which plugin you used and your overall experience.

Haven’t tried it, but it should be possible. I can give it a go this weekend and send you an update.

Awesome. Thanks Neal!

I tried the device handlers mentioned way up here, but I’m not sure how I would monitor remote/shade battery status with smartthings? I don’t see that mentioned in the properties for each device.

I have 4 Bali Autoview roller shades, a remote for each, and a 3-button remote for controlling all 4.

Shade battery status should start displaying using the following DH by @whoismoses : https://github.com/ericvitale/ST-Z-Wave-Shade/tree/master

I don’t think it shows on the remote, I would have to double check.

I apologize if this has been asked before, but is there any plan for a Z-Wave version of the skylight blinds? I know you can hook the current motorized ones in using a bridge, but I’d rather not deal with that. We’re still in the early stages of home automation and my wife isn’t completely sold so anything overly complicated will not go over well with her.


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None expected soon. That’s all I can really say at this point.

Happy to report I got my 5 shades installed this weekend! Had to jump over several hurdles along the way (most of my own making). Thought I’d share some tips customizations that have helped me thus far.

  1. Shades initially paired as Z-Wave Switch Generic (not dimmer). This has been discussed at length in this thread. As suggested I went into the ST IDE and edited the devices to Z-Wave Dimmer Switch Generic.
  2. Shades On/Off in ST was exactly opposite of what made sense to me. When fully UP they showed as On and fully DOWN they showed as Off. The FAQ sort of addresses this via this video. Unfortunately doing this caused my remotes to become switched around (RemoteUp sent Shades down and RemoteDown sent Shades up). However, it was more important to me to have ST working/reading logically than having the remote working logically.
  3. Added ericvitale’s Z-Wave Shade device handler. Which added battery info and some other cool presets to standard Dimmer Switch config.
  4. Discovered you could pair one Graber/Somfy remote to multiple shades (just repeat the secondary Z-Wave controller pairing sequence outlined here. A button/hardware solution is ideal for kids, grandparents, and quick smartphone-less interaction.
  5. Lastly, I installed the device handler for the remotes and used the other four remotes and installed them throughout my house as light switches and another as a garage door opener.

Having @ZebraBlinds (Neal) as an avid ST community member makes all the difference in the world and therefore I highly recommend any of you considering SmartBlinds/SmartShades to go with @ZebraBlinds! I’m sure you’ll be more than satisfied.

  1. It’s weird, the ones I have to play around with have mixed results in ST (some connect up as a switch by default while others a dimmer switch) and connects as a dimmer in Vera Plus.

  2. The manufacturer and somfy considers them fully open as ON and fully closed as OFF and that’s how the shade is supposed to respond currently. As far as I am aware I’ve only had 2 requests in the past year and a half to have them reversed.

Yeah. I it makes sense looking at it from a brightness perspective. On equals (uncovered window) maximum sun brightness and Off equals (covered window) minimum brightness. But that just doesn’t flow with the way I think about my shades. In my head Off should equal the state my window is naturally – uncovered/unshaded and On should equal the new enhanced state of my window – covered/shaded. But I guess my preference is the outlier. I wonder how the Lutron Serena Shade/Blind device handlers work?

To my surprise my wife agrees with the manufacturer designation of On as Open and Off as Closed. So it’s official. I’m the weirdo. Nonetheless, I changed the Z-Wave Shade DTH to reflect my dyslexia. This very case perfectly illustrates what I love about SmartThings. A solid platform with nearly infinite possibilities to customize & personalize your smart home. Plus a brilliant community of like minded folk who offer guidance and share great ideas!


Just a preview of videos to come :grin: