Motorized Hardware is a great option in multiple different scenarios. It can be used to meet ADA standards. With certain treatments it also meets Child Safety Specifications. That being said choosing motorized hardware is not a clean cut decision. Once you go down the path of motorized hardware there are, in fact, multiple different scenarios and decisions that you must make in order to render a final specification. 

Primarily the options to consider, when making a decision, are split into two different categories; one, the type of system and two the type of control. Based upon the scenario and reality of a window or other area needing to be treated the pros and cons of these different controls and systems is vast. One situation may beg for a wireless remote while another may be best suited for a wall switch. The basis of what is best suited though is rooted in knowledge, in understanding the options available and stepping out from there. 

That is the place in which we enter the picture, and for which we have created this resource card. So read it, download it, share it with your colleagues, and most importantly use it to become more knowledgeable and make more informed decisions. 

Also be on the look out for further blog posts regarding motorized hardware which are coming soon!




Motorized with an 110V lined-voltage power source. This option can accommodate the largest of treatments. Requires a certified electrician to complete installation.

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This motorized system uses a traditional 3 prong plug to draw power from a wall outlet. A small step down transformer is included in system’s electrical connection.



A motor may draw it’s power from a low voltage back, that can either be mounted at the end of the hardware, inside a roller tube, or hidden within a pocket.




Battery operated remote which interfaces with the roller shade via radio frequency. This is best used for treatments that should only be controlled by hotel staff.

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wireless wall switch

Installed with a switch plate flush with the wall, this battery operated remote can be places anywhere in the room for easy guest access.

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hardwired switch

This switch interfaces with the motor via direct wiring. The hardwired motor is wired to a junction box and the switch is also wired directly to the junction box. Requires a certified electrician to complete installation.

We hope this blog overview will help you in projects to come! Thanks for reading!

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