Motorized shades control light and heat on skylight windows

Nov 10 2010

Adding motorized blinds or shades to a skylight helps control light and energy.
Adding motorized blinds or shades to a skylight helps control light and energy.
Adding a cover to a skylight can create visual interest with a ceiling-level window treatment, but it's also a practical solution to controlling light and cold weather drafts.


RafterTales.com advises consumers to consider how a room is used to determine their choice, as well as the energy savings that will result with a well-chosen skylight covering.


"Skylights offer light and visual interest, but they are also difficult to reach, and the light that is welcome during your dinner party might interfere with your ability to see your television a few hours later," according to the website. "During the day, it’s generally nice to have the warmth, but you’ll lose more heat at night than you gain during the day."


Motorized blinds or shades are a good choice for their ease of controlling a skylight window shade by an electric switch or a remote control. Light control can be adjusted according to how much light is needed for a given activity, and the shades will also limit heat that enters and escapes through the skylight. For more visual interest, a window treatment such as a valance can be installed in addition to the shade.
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