Product Review

Sealed Blinds from Unicel Offer Flexibility, Low Maintenance

Depending on the needs of a project, the extruded aluminum louvers in the Vision Control system can be fixed in place or mounted in a rack-and-pinion system for rotation by crank handle, thumb-wheel, or motor. Motorized systems can be integrated with daylight sensors or other building-automation systems. Vision Control does not offer up-and-down movement of the louvers. Unlike corded venetian blinds, which don’t fully close, the Vision Control louvers interlock when closed, blocking out 99.9% of the visible light, according to Unicel specifications. Glossy white is the standard color, for good light reflectance, but other colors are available on request.

The louvers sit in a completely sealed and moisture-free 2" (51-mm) space between two panes of glass. Unicel fabricates each sealed-glass unit based on an architect’s specifications, using any type of glass required for a project, including glass with low-emissivity (low-e) coatings, although it avoids soft-coat low-e, which could be scratched by the blinds. Depending on the glass specified, costs can range from $50–$100/ft2 ($500–$1,000/m2) of glazing, according to Viviane Chan, marketing and sales manager at Unicel. The company ships about 5,000 units per year.

Published September 25, 2008

Roberts, T. (2008, September 25). Sealed Blinds from Unicel Offer Flexibility, Low Maintenance. Retrieved from https://www.buildinggreen.com/product-review/sealed-blinds-unicel-offer-flexibility-low-maintenance