Roof Lanterns or Skylight Windows : What’s the Difference?

Skylight windows and roof lanterns are both popular choices when it comes to choosing roof windows.  Both enable lashings of light to stream into the home. However, with such similar features, it can often be difficult for homeowners to differentiate between the two. Consequently, to help ensure you can identify these two types of roof windows, we’ve outlined some of the main differences between skylight windows and roof lanterns:

Roof Lanterns

Roof lantern blind

Roof lantern blind

One of the most timeless window designs, roof lanterns are large, multi-paned windows that are usually situated in a kitchen, extension or conservatory. Not only do these dome-like windows cover a large area but they also let light in from a variety of angles, making them ideal for those wanting to naturally illuminate an entire room. The simplest way to spot a roof lantern is to look for these features:

For more information visit our “Ultimate Guide To Roof Lantern Blinds“.

Skylight Windows

Unlike roof lanterns, skylight windows are smaller, stand-alone windows that are built into a roof. While roof lanterns consist of several different panels, skylight windows utilise a single glass pane to create a dispersed beam of light. As well as being aesthetically subtler than roof lanterns, skylight windows can also be fitted in various locations around the home where roofing is present to enhance the lightness of several areas. These features are inherent to skylight windows:

  • One window pane
  • Flat rather than raised window
  • Built into a roof
  • Vertically opens and closes
  • Suitable for Skylight blinds (both manual and solar powered electric skylight blinds)

Which is better for your home?

If you’re searching for a show-stopping window, a roof lantern could be the right choice for you. Not only are these majestic windows well-suited to modern homes but they also make a stylish addition to more traditional properties, making them a versatile option for any homeowner. Additionally, if you’re looking to extend your home with a conservatory or extension, having a roof lantern installed is a far cheaper alternative that will still serve to make your home feel bigger.

For those looking for a more understated window, a skylight window will make a welcomed feature. These popular windows can transform a dark and dreary room into a bright and busy area while making the room feel bigger and airier overall. Not only are they one of the most sought-after window designs but they can also be placed in areas where there is little room, making them a great option for attics and loft conversions.


Whichever style of window you choose, here at Skylight Blinds Direct, we can cater to all your needs. While we offer a range of standard and bespoke roof window blinds for skylight windows, the Eliminate® Skylight Blind is perfect for covering for roof lanterns. If you’d like more information concerning our diverse range of blinds, please contact one of our team members today or reach out on our social media channels – we’re always happy to help!

1 thought on “Roof Lanterns or Skylight Windows : What’s the Difference?

  1. You’re right to say that each style of window suits a different style of home – and I would argue they suit different types of homeowners too. Getting blinds for a skylight is an easy process, as is closing the blinds at night. A roof lantern is a little harder to deal with, and more problematic to clean as they are so high up. However, I feel that roof lanterns are slightly more unusual in style, and so I feel they will increase in popularity over time.

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