Versatile and beautiful shadings are a great choice for a beach area home. So, it is no surprise that many homeowners choose Hunter Douglas shades for their Rehoboth Beach and Lewes, Delaware, homes. If you are one of them or plan to become, did you know that you could control your Hunter Douglas window coverings with your cell phone? If your cell phone is your right hand and you use it for everything, you will especially appreciate the new possibilities. However, it is great news for everyone. The new app is meant to increase the energy efficiency and comfort and give you privacy and security. Let’s look at this modern convenience more closely.
The Platinum App is available for Apple, Android and Kindle devices (see links at the end of this article). It will give you a possibility of an automated control but also an on-demand action that you initiate. You will be able to control your window fashions individually, by room, or all at-once in the entire house.
The App will work with PowerRise® 2.1 and PowerGlide® 2.1 window coverings.
The great features below will bring more comfort and convenience into your life.
- Sunset/Sunrise feature lets you lower or raise the shades at the start or end of the day. The App accesses location services and internal clock of your mobile device to determine the time of sunset and sunrise. Make sure that the location services are enabled and the clock is set to the correct time zone.
- Scenes feature allows you to specify shades/rooms, set the desired position, specify time, etc.. Give this combination a name and you have created a scene. At the specified time or on you command, the shades will be adjusted to the ordered positions.
- Time of Day: when the time has come, the Hunter Douglass Platinum App will position your window fashions as instructed, even if you are not at home. You can set time within a Scene.
- Room: use a slider to set positions of the window coverings in a room. A “room” is a collection of up to 8 shades of the same type that may not be located in the same physical room but, once defined, will be operated as a whole. To control multiple types of window coverings, set up a room for each type.
- RemoteConnect allows you to control your window fashions from anywhere in the world (over the cellular network).
The Hunter Douglas Platinum App is free and simple to install and configure. However, it requires several hardware components to do its job.
- First of all, you will need a wireless router. You most probably have it already, if you have wireless devices in your home.
- Platinum Bridge is a device that stores all the programmed features, watches time and sends out control signals. The same bridge works with both Apple and Android devices. Contact Colorwise and More to get a Platinum Bridge Kit which includes one Platinum Bridge, a DC adapter, necessary cables, and one Platinum Repeater Kit.
- Platinum Repeater is a device that extends the control range of the Bridge. For the best performance, Hunter Douglas recommends installing a repeater in each room with motorized shades.
The Platinum App will work with the following Hunter Douglas Fashions:
- - Alustra Duette Architella
- - Alustra Luminette
- - Alustra Roller Shades
- - Alustra Screen Shades
- - Alustra Silhouette
- - Alustra Skyline
- - Alustra Vignette
- - Alustra Woven Textures
- - Applause
- - Design Studio
- - Designer Roller Shades
- - Designer Screen Shades
- - Duette
- - Duette Architella
- - Luminette
- - Luminette Modern Draperies
- - Nantucket
- - Pirouette
- - Pleated
- - Silhouette
- - Skyline
- - Solera
- - Vignette
To get the app, go to Apple Store, Android Store or Amazon.
The Platinum App goes way beyond regular remote because it not only lets you open/close the shades when you want, but it allows you to program the time and combinations of shades/rooms for an automated and more complex control. Feel free to contact Colorwise and More for additional information. If need a consultation about control options for your existing or future Hunter Douglas shades, give us a call or send us an e-mail.
Update: The Platinum App is now available for Android devices. We have updated this article with links to Google Play and Kindle Fire market place on Amazon.