Control of blinds

CBUS - Clipsal Schneider

The CBUS network from Clipsal Schneider is an open protocol bus system used mainly for lighting in residential and commercial properties.

 

The control side of the system (switches and communication between devices) is a SELV set up and has power (1 pair) and communication (2nd pairs) over CBUS CAT5 cable.

 

The main power, relay, dimmer, blinds units are DIN rail mounted. Software is free issue and can be programmed on a PC/laptop and downloaded by USB or Ethernet port.

The examples below provide an indication of basic blinds set ups, the clipsal range extends to a number of different switch ranges and interfaces, they do not include any interfaces required to program the units.

Single blind option

 

CBUS - Single blind and switch (mains dual winding OR SELV single winding reverse polarity)

The following components (excluding mounting arrangements and cabling) can be used to make up a single blind control:

CBUS blind relay L5501RBCP 


C-Bus DIN Rail Mounted Motorised Blind/Curtain/Shutter Relay Unit, DIN Rail mounted, 1 channel C-Bus Relay Unit for the control of motorised blinds, curtains or shutters. Operates 250V AC and 24V AC or 24V DC motors up to 2A, 1 Channel C-Bus Blind/Curtain/Shutter Relay, 2M modules wide, no C-Bus Power Supply.


£ approx - £100

CBUS power supply 5500PS


C-Bus Power Supply, DIN Rail Mounted, C-Bus Power Supply, DIN Rail mounted, 350mA, 250V.


£ approx - £290

CBUS 2 button switch E5032VNLWE


C-Bus Plastic Plate Wall Switches, Classic E2000 Series, 2 Button.
Switch buttons programmed to be up and down. Double press for stop/re-start.


£ approx - £87

itro - £477

Smartphone app (optional)


The Wiser 2 is the CBUS offering on setting up an app 

£ approx - £630

Multiple blind option

CBUS - 4 blinds and 2 switches (mix of mains dual winding OR SELV single winding reverse polarity)

The following components (excluding mounting arrangements and cabling) can be used to make up multiple blind control:

4 x CBUS blind relay L5501RBCP


C-Bus DIN Rail Mounted Motorised Blind/Curtain/Shutter Relay Unit, DIN Rail mounted, 1 channel C-Bus Relay Unit for the control of motorised blinds, curtains or shutters. Operates 250V AC and 24V AC or 24V DC motors up to 2A, 1 Channel C-Bus Blind/Curtain/Shutter Relay, 2M modules wide, no C-Bus Power Supply.


£ approx - £400

CBUS power supply 5500PS


C-Bus Power Supply, DIN Rail Mounted, C-Bus Power Supply, DIN Rail mounted, 350mA, 250V.


£ approx - £290

2 x CBUS 2 button switch E5034VNLWE


C-Bus Plastic Plate Wall Switches, Classic E2000 Series, 4 Button.
Switch buttons programmed to be up and down. Double press for stop/re-start.


£ approx - £146 ( £72 each)

itro - £836

 

Smartphone app (optional)


The Wiser 2 is the CBUS offering on setting up an app 

£ approx - £630

 

Advice for usingCBUS - Clipsal Schneider

Pros
- The DIN mounted blinds controller can be used for EITHER mains or SELV blinds
- Free issue software is easy to use and program to achieve simple switching.
- Easy to extend the system to many blinds and switches, in larger installations different areas and partitions can be employed.
- Easy to group blinds 
- Very reliable flexible system that has been around for a long time.
- Connection/interface to most other protocols


Cons
- The smartphone app is very expensive for smaller installations.
- Not yet greared up for Iot interactivity
- More complex control with feedback and indexing not readily available, any logic achieved by Pascal programming of PAC unit.
- Limited wireless connectivity