Many of you may know me from the SmartThings forums where I've been active for the last 4 years and it's high time I started a thread here.
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This post is created with approval from Hubitat Support.
This thread will contain all information pertaining to these Z-wave shades and Hubitat.
What are Graber Virtual Cord Z-wave+ Shades?
Graber’s virtual cord shades utilize Z-Wave+ to operate and unlike other systems do not require a bridge. This means it can be directly integrated with Hubitat and other home automation systems. In Hubitat, it works as a shade and allows to any percentage and using. The motorization is manufactured by Somfy, but the system is designed by Graber (Springs Window Fashions).
United States: https://www.zebrablinds.com/smart-homes/smart-motorized-electric-shades
Current Promotions & Coupons (Coupons Updated up to May 31, 2021): Custom Graber Virtual Cord Z-wave+ Shades & Bali Autoview Z-wave+ Shades
Types of shades available with Z-wave Motors:
- Cellular Shades
- Pleated Shades
- Natural Shades
- Roller Shades
- Dual Roller/Solar Shades (one shade in front, and an indpendent shade in the back)
- Roman Shades
- Solar Shades
- Sheer/Zebra Sheer Shades
Video of these shades in action with Google Home and SmartThings:
Additional General Videos:
- Controlling multiple shades: Controlling multiple virtual cord z-wave shades by Graber - YouTube
- General installation and other info: https://youtu.be/7M7tYf3KGd4
- Unboxing & Installing Roller/Solar Shades on a window: Installing Graber Virtual Cord Z-wave Solar Shades - YouTube
- Multi-channel remote: https://youtu.be/K6KkDpFpj3E
Oh no! I have connected my shades to smartthings but now it won’t go up and down by more than 3 inches. What do I do?
Ans: Setting Upper/Lower limits, Graber Z-wave Virtual Cord Shades - YouTube
Oh no! My shade is possessed! Pressing up makes it go down and pressing down makes it go up, What do I do?
Ans: Reversing Motor Direction in Graber Virtual Cord Z-Wave shades - ZebraBlinds.com - YouTube
I need to completely reset my shade and start over, what do I do?
Ans: To reset the shade, press and hold the button on the headrail. The button will flash green and eventually flash red. Once it cycles through all the colors and stops, the shade is reset. To double check simply tap the button and the shade will only move around 3 inches up or down.
Notes to consider: When resetting the shade, its recommended to have the shade in a halfway open/close position vs fully open or fully closed; this makes things a lot easier to trouble shoot. Also when resetting a shade, you will have to repair the remote to the shade and set the upper and lower limits again.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the difference between a roller & solar shade?
Roller shades are made of fabrics such as cotton, silk, polyester etc and come in light filtering or blackout. Blackout shades also come in Vinyl. Solar shades are made of a mix of fiberglass, vinyl, and other materials and also come in light filtering and blackout. Light filtering solar shades also have an openness factor (ranging from 1% - 25%), this basically means how much you can see through the shade and how much light it lets in. The shade in the video is a 1%. Normally 5% provides the ideal balance, anything higher and you will lose significant privacy at night time when your lights are on.
What is the difference between Even and Fashion Pleat shades?
The main difference between them is that the even pleat has small ladders on the back of the pleats ensuring the pleats open and close evenly. Fashion pleat doesn’t have these so when opening the pleat will seem to be uneven until it’s fully open or closed.
What are the available power options?
Battery (8 or 16 AA 1.5V batteries, depending on a single or dual battery case, battery power recommended for 10 shades or less), Recharageable 3100mah Lithium Ion Battery Pack, DC Transformer (plugs into any wall outlet), or a 10 Motor power supply that you can use for custom wiring in your home.
Can I use my own wiring for power?
You can while using the following multi motor power supply: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B62Iui2hJtitcHhITzRVWEtJb1U/view?usp=sharing
Only the specs for the 12v power supply is relevant. The other’s do not apply to the z-wave shades. The power supply can power normal somfy motors or the z-wave motors. For the z-wave motors each multi motor unit can power up to 10 roller/solar, natural and roman shades and up to 8 cellular or pleated shades.
Can I connect these to Amazon’s Echo or Google Home?
Yes, you can. Connect your Echo or Google Home to ST and enable access in ST for Echo or Google Home to control them. They work exactly like a dimmer switch, so turn on/off and set a specific percentage level.
What is the difference between Graber Virtual Cord and Bali Autoview?
Both are made by the same company with the key difference being Bali is a big box store brand while Graber is their premium line of products. You will notice slight quality differences where Graber is just a bit better. Pricing wise depending on the source you can usually get Graber for around the same price or lower than Bali.
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