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    Default Are window shutter motors wired via Power or Light Circuits?

    I'm just about to place an order with Bunnings to purchase DIY window shutters. These come with either a battery operated or AC operated motor. I'd prefer to go with the AC motor due to their longevity.

    However due to the construction of the house floors, there appears no way an electrician could get to the light circuit in each room without ripping out ceilings etc. However there is a chance they could get to the power circuit near the windows.

    So what do I order the battery operated one or AC? That is, can the AC motors be on the power circuit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by viiking View Post
    can the AC motors be on the power circuit?

    In a word yes.

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    Don't buy battery operated. All our shutters are wired to power.
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    It would depend upon the load imposed by the motors on the lighting circuit ?
    Lighting circuits are usually smaller than power circuits.
    if the load is only small than the light circuits would be ok.

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    Thanks for the replies folks. I've ordered the AC drive awnings and will let the sparky work it out. As a worst case if he uses the power circuit it should provide for more than enough power for the motors. They are only quite small wattage.

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    Running small low powered motors off the lighting circuit is ok !
    There are no code issue's involved.
    How ever not all electricians like to do it,
    They like seperate circuits for lights and power.
    This is not a code issue but rather an issue of " Best practice"
    These electricians go beyound minimum code requirements.
    Because they beleive it is better safety wise in the long run.
    Which is fair enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by viiking View Post
    can the AC motors be on the power circuit?
    take for example a pedestal fan, fridge, freezer, etc.. plenty of AC motors on the power circuit there.

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    I guess preferably you would put it off the power circuit, but light circuit wont hurt either. At the end of the day you arent going to be operating multiple awnings at the same time. Just make sure which ever one they mark the circuit in the switch board as mixed and note that it contains the shutters. This makes life easier for anyone working on it in the future.

    Ideally as a sparky, i would probably just run a circuit for all the awnings, but thats over kill

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    There are many houses with shutters on all outside openings that have an option to close all of them at the same time so yes, they can be operated all at once and yes, they need to be on the power circuit.
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    Any recommendations for one brand of shutters over another ? I have seen them advertised at Bunnings but would probably like to deal direct with someone who knows what they’re talking about. In NSW.

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    i just got one from https://www.ezyfitrollershutters.com.au/ they had it in sale for a while, not sure they still are. Australian Online Rollershutters: Price and Order On-line i have also used as these 2 are the cheapest. they both use the same motors and controllers.
    the second one above seems to be the most knowledgeable person though.

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