“What’s the distinction between Somfy and Lutron?”
This can be a query that many motorized shading clients ask us each day. Nonetheless, after a few years on this business, I’ve by no means been in a position to present a easy, two or three sentence response to this question. The actual fact is that there are lots of variations, some obtrusive and a few extra nuanced. This collection of articles will (lastly) present an entire reply to this frequent query. The primary article will supply a easy overview of the first distinction between the 2 firms; subsequent articles will go into a lot larger depth and element.
Lutron and Somfy are the 2 dominant gamers within the motorized shades business. Broadly talking, every falls into the class of motorized shades and each promote their merchandise via an unlimited community of sellers/installers. Nonetheless, a defining, elementary distinction lies in the truth that Pennsylvania-based Lutron manufactures motorized shades (shades 2B motors) in addition to controls and doesn’t promote its motors individually. Somfy, a French firm, manufactures solely motors and controls and doesn’t promote shades of any form.
It can’t be overstated that in each instances, the tip buyer’s expertise will depend upon how properly the product is put in and the service and professionalism of the motorized shade supplier. Set up high quality can range greater than any product variations and it will all the time be the defining success (or failure) of any job. Installers have to be educated correctly and held to top quality and repair requirements. Each Somfy and Lutron present frequent coaching periods for his or her merchandise, however ultimately, the vendor should make the dedication to ongoing schooling for all workers individuals. There are necessary characteristic variations between the 2 techniques, which subsequent articles will cowl, however few clients will care about these points if the set up was shoddy, shades didn’t match or wiring errors had been made.
As said above, Lutron delivers a totally motorized shade with controls. In doing so, Lutron reaches down the worth chain additional than Somfy. Due to this fact, by way of whole system look and matching, Lutron’s shades, being all from a single supply have little room for variance. All of the parts are designed to suit collectively. Together with product seamlessness, the one supply mannequin gives a excessive diploma of producer accountability. Not surprisingly, all of this comes with a value, and is without doubt one of the causes that Lutron shading techniques are costlier than a Somfy answer.
Somfy techniques contain buying completely different elements from completely different sources which permits any kind or fashion of window shade from any fabricator to be motorized. This provides extra selection but in addition opens system look and matching to extra variance. To keep away from an unfinished look, the vendor should be sure that the highest quality, matching parts (brackets, fascia, enclosures, screws and so forth) are used. Additionally, Somfy motors will be fitted into specialty shades like Hunter Douglas Silhouettes or Duettes which some shoppers want. Somfy provides extra flexibility.
Lutron gives a complete answer with minimal system variance and Somfy provides a essential piece of the answer, with extra flexibility however larger system variance. A Lutron system prices greater than a Somfy answer. However pricing can be a perform of product options and whether or not a venture is new building or retrofit, in addition to different management techniques (residence automation) that could be components. This collection of articles will deal with all of those concerns, however first, the first distinction needed to be defined.