Skylights are amazing—plain and simple. They’re a cost-effective way to fill your home with natural lighting. However, no one wants to flood their house with light all of the time. There are certain times when we just want to draw the blinds, turn the TV on and take a nice daytime nap. Or maybe you’re installing the skylight in a bedroom, for example, where you’ll want to be able to control the control the light, especially at bedtime.
So what do you do?
Well, many manufacturers make specialized blinds that cover up your skylights. VELUX blinds, for example, allow you to cover and uncover your skylight whenever you feel like. This not only enables you to block out light but offers a number of other benefits, as well.
The Benefits of Blinds
Blinds are helpful for many reasons. They give you the ability and let in as much or as little light as you’d like. Of course, they also allow you to maintain your privacy. If you’ve got contractors working on the roof, for example, you want to be able to close your windows.
But, those aren’t even the best parts. VELUX blinds are actually designed to make your skylight more energy-efficient. They add an insulating layer of protection to your skylight. So, when you close them, they don’t just keep out light but keep out heat and cold air, as well.
VELUX skylights already help you conserve energy by eliminating the need for air conditioners. But, by adding a blind, you can also reduce the amount of energy you use to heat your home. Then, you won’t have to worry about the cold, bitter air coming into your house.
How to Choose the Right Skylight Blinds
VELUX blinds come in a number of different styles. Each style accommodates the needs of different types of homeowners. When choosing your blinds, there are a few things to consider:
Manual vs. Solar Powered: Certain VELUX products operate manually, while others can be opened and closed using a wall-mounted keypad. All remote-controlled VELUX blinds are solar-powered. The opening mechanism is charged by the sun, so you don’t need to worry about additional wiring. Just clip them into the frame of the skylight itself and you’re all set!
Light-filtering vs. Room Darkening: Both light-filtering and room-darkening skylight blinds are made from solid materials, so they’re similar to curtains in this way. How much light do you want to allow into your home? VELUX lets you decide.
- Light-filtering blinds are semi-translucent. They allow a small amount of light to shine through even when they’re closed creating natural, soft, diffused light. They come in solid colors (a ton of color choices, by the way), so no one will be able to see through. But, you’ll still see some light on a sunny day. Use in an office, nursery, playroom, or any other room that could benefit from less glare.
- Room-darkening skylights are made from a thicker, corrugated material that keeps all of the light out. When these room-darkening shades are closed, you won’t see a single bit of light from the outside world—perfect for bedrooms, media entertainment rooms.
Venetian Blinds: VELUX also offers manually-operating Venetian blinds which are similar to the Venetian blinds you’d hang on a traditional window (but these are specifically designed for skylights). Like other VELUX blind products, they’re available in a number of different colors and require no complicated installation. These blinds are low-maintenance and moisture-resistant making them ideal for bathrooms and kitchens.
Do I Need Skylight Blinds?
Technically, you don’t need to buy a skylight blind. They’re not included in the cost of the skylight, so you’ll have to purchase them in addition to the light itself. But, if you skip the blinds, you’ll lose out on the privacy that they offer as well as the other benefits.
AND they are all super easy to install, so you don’t have to worry about additional installation costs. Just unpack them from the box, clip them into place, and start enjoying all the benefits your new blinds have to offer.
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