Mr Pritchett had a bit of a problem. He had a fantastic and massive roof lantern window which was 1690mm x 5210mm. The problem was the light in the orangery was immense, this caused many problems for him including strong glare all day long meaning it was an uncomfortable room to be in. He was unable to watch the tv and the room was extremely hot. He had contacted many companies who were unable to provide a roof lantern blind so big. He eventually found a company but their quote was more than he was prepared to spend.
There was also another challenge! He had no electricity in his roof space and it was difficult to get electricity there, so he thought that a motorised blind was not a possibility and he would have to settle for a manual solution (which was not ideal).
Mr Pritchett also had a set of bi-folding doors each with a glass size of 70mm wide x 1800mm drop, and there were 7 doors.
Due to the size of the roof lantern, we suggested the Solar powered/battery operated electric Twin Honeycomb LanternLITE™ blind. This is the Twin version of our very popular Honeycomb LanternLITE™ roof blind that we spoke about in detail in our previous article. This clever blind is essentially 2 blinds in one. One blind is on the left and one is on the right and they draw in to the centre of the roof space when closed to meet in the middle without a gap. When the blinds are open they retract back neatly with a small stack at either end of the blind. Each blind travels on discreet steel guidewires which prevent sagging and provide a strong structure for the blind to move backwards and forwards on. The total system is supported on a discrete white shelving system which is 25mm deep.
The Solar powered/battery operated electricTwin Honeycomb LanternLITE™ blind works with the Somfy Tilt 25 motor which is situated in the head of each blind. There is then a rechargeable battery pack and solar panel fitted discretely above the end of each blind. The blind should work effectively for up to 6 months until it needs a top up with the charger that we provide. Charging the blinds could not be simpler, just release the charging wire from each end of the blind. This wire dangles into the reveal, attach the charger provided over-night and then you are good to go for another 6 months.
The bifold door blinds were simple. We supplied matching blinds on a manual Benthin system and they really finished the room off. We think if you have a roof lantern blind it is always best practice to have matching bi-folding door blinds.
What the customer says:-
“The blinds look fantastic! They are easy to use and the glare has completely gone. I can watch the tv now without sunglasses on and the room is also much cooler. I am so glad that I was brave an went with the charcoal coloured fabric as it looks really modern and bold. The delivery was also hassle free with the office keeping me updated all the time and bringing the blind on their own lorry rather than subcontracting the delivery which could have caused unnecessary damages”.
If you are interested in our Honeycomb LanternLITE™ blinds whether it be for a massive roof lantern or for a smaller roof lantern window please contact us.
As we continue to let more light into our homes, roof lantern windows are dramatically increasing in popularity. Orangeries, Atriums and conservatories are a fantastic way to open up your home, bringing light and openness into your home. Architects and specifiers are replacing traditional ceilings with glass roofs such as skypods, atriums, roof domes and pyramid windows (to name but a few of the horizontal roof windows on the market at the moment).
These glass roofs bring natural light and free solar energy into your home. But our orangeries and sunrooms are becoming unusable at times as they are too hot and bright in the summer and too cold in the winter.
Without a ROOF LANTERN blind you are very likely to experience the following:-
Heat Gain in the Summer
TRANSMITTANCE: The suns rays pass through the glazing, hit objects in the room eg walls, furniture which absorb the radiation and radiate it back into the room: otherwise known as the GREENHOUSE EFFECT.
Heat Loss in the Winter
Even with the heating on you may find your orangery is cold during the WINTER and first thing in the morning and last thing at night.
Heat is lost through:-
CONDUCTION (Loss of heat through the glass of the window)
CONVECTION (THE DRAFT LOOP: Loss of heat through warm room air reaching the glass, cooling then cool air falling back into the room for you to have to re-heat)
AIR LEAKAGE (Heat lost through cracks in the frame or from ill fitting glass)
Harsh sunlight which prevents you watching tv and strains the eyes.
So, in order to receive the maximum benefit from your roof window you will need to find a way to control your environment. Our answer is a LanternLITE™ Roof Lantern blind.
Roof lantern windows. Not only do they offer a unique view of the world. They also allow us to flood rooms with light. Always striving to meet the needs of our customers, the latest addition to the Skylight Blinds Direct catalogue addresses the specific needs that come with flat roof windows. The DIY LanternLITE™ Honeycomb Blind is the answer. Practical, easy-to-install and affordable. This flat roof blind is extremely versatile and can be made to fit many different types of flat roof window.
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Now comes one of our favourite things to discuss, skylight windows. As specialists in this form of window blind, it is our job to help educate you on the different options out there. Before we can get to the dressing stage of your renovation, you need to choose the right windows for your new room. Today, we’re going to talking you through the different kinds of skylight windows available on the market. Using this, and the expertise of your architect/builder, you’ll be better placed to make an informed decision. So, read on to discover everything you need to know about skylight windows.
Loft conversions are tricky work. There is so much that goes into their planning, building and finishing. It’s understandable that, as normal people, we will have next to no idea what most of the jargon and technical language means. Any loft conversion should be agreed in an informed manner. This means you should understand as much of what you’re signing up to as possible – including all those technical terms. So, today we bring you our jargon buster. We’ve picked up a list of the most popular (and sometimes confusing terms) used during a loft conversion and broken them down. So, browse through and learn everything you need to know before proceeding with your renovation.