Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Options in Skylight Shades

Q: What types of shades are available for skylights? And what options do I have for controlling my skylight shades?

A: Most skylight shades are actually cellular shades. When designed for skylights, these insulating shades usually come as a single-cell shades (a single layer of air pockets – or cells – that expand when the shade is closed). You can choose either light diffusing or room darkening shades depending on your lighting needs. And, conveniently, skylight shades come in a wide range of colors so you can either match your existing window treatments or the color of your ceiling for a seamless look.

As for controls, window blind manufacturers offer two types of skylight blind controls: manual and motorized. Manual operation usually involves a long specialized pole (available from the manufacturer) that allows you to easily reach and adjust your skylight shade. However, if your skylight is very high or you simply want an easier operating solution, you might want to consider a remote controlled shade. Just imagine, perfect light with a push of a button!

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