We fitted day and night window blinds for our clients who wanted a blackout blind but with a translucent option to reduce daytime glare.
This design also has side channels to minimise light bleed from the edges.
This particular Luxaflex model comes with two smart cords; one controls the blackout blind and the other, the translucent blind. Smart cords are great and safe because they avoid looped strings. They work on a ratchet and spring – to raise the blinds, you simply pull straight down; the spring returns the cord to its start position, then you pull again until the blind is fully open. To drop the blind, you simply pull the cord sideways to release the panels.
You can stop the blind part way and adjust the left and right controls to choose your combination of blackout and translucent panels.
Of course you can have the blind fully open too:
You can achieve the same effect with a Velux window using its own blind system. In the gallery below you can see how a blackout and translucent panel have been incorporated into a single blind each with its own pull.
Blackout Blinds and Light Bleed
The Velux blackout blind is exceptionally good for blocking out light. Vendors will be careful not to mention “total darkness” because that can never be guaranteed; but I can say, for all practical purposes, that I can’t see any light coming through our Velux blackout blinds in our attic room. Indeed, guests who are used to curtained rooms where light bleeds naturally, are unaware of morning in our home (apart from the twittering of feathered beasts).
Blackout is particularly important if you work shifts and need a good day’s sleep; or if your sleep is affected by twilight, or maybe you suffer from headaches. Some people are unlucky enough to have a nuisance streetlight just outside their home, so blackout binds have their place.
The Velux system is so effective because the blind runs in a tight channel which cuts out 99.9% (or so!!) of the light bleed around the edge. In the first design above, because the blind is a concertina shape, it is impossible to prevent all light bleed. The side channels make a big difference so, to all intents and purposes, our clients experience near total darkness.
Other blind types
Day and night window blinds are just one option for dressing your windows. We have fitted many alternatives and you can see some of these on our window dressings page. Here we offer advice on the type of window dressing to suit particular applications and how to set about choosing designs and sizes.Back to blog