Choosing Smart Shades: Factors to Consider for Homeowners

The right shades add a touch of convenience and ambiance to a home's decor.
A dark living room with modern gray furniture and large windows that let in natural light

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When it comes to upgrading your home with smart technology, choosing the right window shades is a crucial step. Our journey in upgrading to smart shades began with a specific need: to perfect the ambiance in our newly remodeled home theater.

Last summer, my wife and I decided to remodel our basement and add cozy, private space where we could enjoy our favorite movies and shows in the comfort of our home. However, there was one challenge we faced: a window that, while adding a touch of natural light, threatened to disrupt the immersive cinematic experience we desired. We wanted the room to be as dark as possible for optimal screen viewing.

The process of choosing and installing the shades doesn’t have to be complicated. Here’s what we learned through our experience that could help homeowners through the process.


Initially, we toyed with the idea of a DIY installation. But upon realizing the intricacies involved, we opted for professional help. Our choice to work with Ultra Fidelity, a local dealer in Minnesota, proved invaluable. Mark, their expert, measured our windows, provided material samples and recommended PowerShades, ensuring a perfect fit and finish.


An essential aspect of our choice was the control system. PowerShades' integration with our existing Control4 system offered an unparalleled level of convenience. Whether it's using a wall switch, an app or voice control, this versatility in operation is something homeowners should consider for a seamless smart home experience.


The aesthetics were just as important as the functionality. We looked at a variety of styles and customization options and selected shades that perfectly matched our home theater's theme. The importance of personalization in smart shades cannot be overstated, as it directly impacts the room's ambiance and your overall satisfaction.

Little Details, Big Difference

Because the room where we were installing our shades was already completed, and there wasn't a power source nearby, we opted to go with a battery powered solution. If you’re able to plan during the build process, I would recommend using Power over Ethernet.

The benefits of smart shades extend beyond light control. They offer energy efficiency by reducing heat gain during summer months and heat loss during winter, contributing to lower energy bills. Additionally, they provide an extra layer of privacy and can even increase the value of your home with their modern, high-tech appeal.

Our smart shades have significantly enhanced our home theater experience. They offer a perfect blend of style, convenience and functionality, which is why they’re an excellent addition to any smart home. Whether you're a homeowner looking to upgrade your space, or a real estate professional advising clients on smart home additions, smart shades are a worthy consideration.