I have just installed ring sensors on all of the windows in my home. I also just had motorized roller shades installed, however when raising, the end of the roller shade gets caught on the bottom edge of the magnet. Has anyone elso run into this issue, and what hack did you use to solve it?
Hello @damaniadc ,
You didn’t write whether you have the larger Gen1 Contact sensors, or the smaller Gen2 sensors. But either way, it sounds like you need smaller magnets to be mounted in order to ‘close’ the electrical ‘reed’ switch in the sensor-portion of your contact sensor. You have several options:
Since the main difference between the Gen1 Contact-Sensor and the Gen2 Contact-Sensor is size & bulk, you might not like the size & appearance of using a Gen1 magnet (available to purchase, but large) with your current Gen2 sensors (if that’s what your currently have). So another option that you might want to consider is the smaller Ring “Slim Magnet” version. Here’s the magnet lengths:
You could remount the magnetic Contact sensors and magnet portion to a different location that enables the roller shade to not hit them.
You can also practically use any magnet that is sufficiently strong enough to close the sensor’s ‘reed-switch’. So you could find and purchase a thin magnet. Or even open your current magnet case and ‘double-sided’ tape to mount only the magnet without it’s plastic casing. Again, just make sure you mount it where it does close the sensor’s internal switch. I’ve attached two pictures to give you an idea what is inside the magnet’s case (these are Gen2 Contact Sensors in pictures). Also, here are some links that may give you other alternative mounting ideas to stop interfering with your roller shades. These links also show difference in size.
General placement information with pictures:
See the pictures AND VIDEO here:
Unique Solution for Partial Open or to give you ideas. It shows the “Slim” magnet and notice where he sets it to close ‘reed-switch’ on Gen1 sensor (it’s not centered):
I hope this helps or gives you some ideas on how to tackle your issue.