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ElectroShade® Motors Frequently Asked Questions
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Not typically. While the two motors both operate from MechoNet, the IQ2-DC requires DC power while IQ2 requires AC power. In addition, IQ2(AC) comes in a variety of torque options to support a broad array of shade solutions from standard office up to monumental shades. IQ2-DC comes in a single torque option.
That said, the IQ2-DC does work from the same MechoNet network and uses the same brackets and shade assembly. If there are infrastructure changes and shade sizes match, this could be possible. Consult Technical Support for help in this kind of situation.
Mecho has a hard-wired J-box power supply option or plug-in transformer option for powering a single motor.
The base motor is a 4 Nm motor meaning it can handle a fairly large shade. However, the exact shade size / configuration will depend on fabrics chosen.
You can have the IQ2-DC preprogrammed or you can customize the programming in the field using MechoNet software.
Switches are typically wired directly back to the motors in the same room. There is an option to connect an override switch to the IQ2-DC power panel which can be custom programmed to control any shade(s) within the panel or on MechoNet.
Motor limits are set up the same way as IQ2(AC) motors using the same programming switch to set the limits and go into calibration mode.
Power supplies are ordered separately. Whether you choose to order a power panel, a plug-in power supply, or junction box power supply, you need to make that choice based on your application and add this to your order.
Yes. Each IQ2-DC motor has a port for a switch connection for local wiring where the shade is located. This switch can be addressed to operate the motor independently or as part of a group of motors. At the panel, each IQ2-DC power panel has a single switch connection for operating a group of shades which can be programmed to operate a specific group of motors.
Yes. Both motors communicate over the same bus with the same protocol. However, they have different connectors at the motor.
IQ2(AC) motors have a separate line voltage power and low voltage network cable which cannot be trained together due to code restrictions. Thus, the MechoNet connection is a pair of RJ45 connectors daisy-chained across the floor at the motor through a dual splitter.
IQ2-DC motors have a single low voltage power and network cable connection. Because they are both low voltage connections, code permits them to be trained together to support a single pull cost effectively from the panel to the motor. The panel has a pair of RJ45 connectors which is daisy-chained across the floor supporting up to 10 IQ2-DC motors.
Absolutely. The IQ2-DC can integrate through a pillow switch or other bed interface just like the IQ2(AC) motor.
The IQ2-DC motor interacts with some of our controllers like SolarTrac to offer preventive maintenance warnings or recommendations when service is needed. This is very important to help prevent unexpected and expensive down time.
All DC shade motor systems use fan-cooled power supplies to cool the electronics required for the power panel. The power supply is intended to be located within a wiring closet, control room, or plenum ceiling location away from working or living spaces to minimize any noise from the cooling fan.
Our fan operates at less than 44dBA—about the sound level you’d expect in an office—in a typical mounting arrangement.