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Privacy Vs Light Filtering Blinds, Shades & Shutters

Privacy Vs Light Filtering Shades

Privacy Vs Light Filtering Shades, Blinds & Shutters

“The sunshine gleams so bright and warm, the sky is blue and clear.
I run outdoors without a coat, and spring is almost here.
Then before I know it, small clouds have blown together,
Till the sun just can’t get through them, and again, it’s mitten weather.”
– Spring, Almost: Unknown

Well, if that doesn’t describe a Canadian spring, I don’t know what does. The trees are blossoming, ice creams are calling, and balloons are floating, but the weather is still a spoilsport! The snow melts away, only to reveal a litter of disgusting cigarette buds on the sidewalk. In Vancouver, one day it’s bright, and next, it’s mist gray and cloudy. In Calgary, Regina and Toronto, the sky is suddenly brilliant and charm-laden, when out of the blue comes a snow storm in Moncton, Fredericton, Charlottetown, Summerside, and Halifax. You pack away your winter clothing, only to have to pull them out again. Your shoes have just about recovered from the salt on the sidewalks, only to have to contend with squishy mulch. And what really, really sucks – wide, gaping potholes on the roads that can almost swallow your car! We’re no strangers to getting splattered by cars crashing into pools as we walk down the street. And winds turning our umbrellas inside out! The woes of spring!

But all the trials apart, it is the season of hope! It’s time to pack away the woes of a dark winter and let some light in to cleanse and refresh your home; blow away all the allergens accumulated over the past winter months; cover windows to let in the light but keep the pollen out! And don’t forget, summer is just around the corner!

Difference Between Privacy and Light Filtering Shades

The thin and loosely woven fabric is known as light filtering and is available in a host of material such as cotton, jute, grass, polyester, vinyl and fiberglass blends, polyester and vinyl blends, etc. They’re generally lightweight in construction and often allow some amount of breeze through if lowered over an open window – this allows for some amount of privacy, protection from the harmful sun rays, allergens and pesky insects. Remember that while natural light enhances the architectural details of a room, constant exposure to unfiltered light can cause fading of interior elements, warping of material and skin diseases. Managing light exposure through window shades helps reduce energy costs and assists in maintaining a consistent indoor temperature that makes it not viable for allergy causing microbes to survive.

Light filtering shades do lend a measure of privacy, but they allow for a shadowed view of the insides of a home for those who care to look in. And really, unless it’s some pesky kid or an extremely nosy neighbor, who goes peeking into others’ homes? Nobody in their right minds would really breach protocols of privacy unless they were to have a few nuts loose! And come spring, do we really care?

One might want to consider the opacity of window shading when it comes to home theaters, however. I for one would hate to have light dancing off the TV screen when I’m engrossed in a good flick or a relaxing sitcom.

The only drawback with light filtering shades is that when a room is illuminated at night, privacy is compromised. In rooms that require privacy, like bedrooms, use privacy/room darkening/blackout window dressings.

Light Filtering Window Blinds

Get the best light control, protection, and privacy with the best light filtering window treatments from ZebraBlinds. Light filtering shades not only help you in light control, but they also give you privacy. The translucent fabric is designed to let light filter through but doesn’t have any openings to allow views through the fabric, keeping your indoor air,y, beautiful, and private. At most you may be able to see shadows if you stand close to the shade. This makes these shades perfect for your bedroom and living room.

Do Light Filtering Shades Provide Privacy?

Light filtering shades are created with semi-opaque and sheer fabrics which helps you to block the unwanted sunlight and UV rays in your room. They allow to let in only small amount of light even when they are closed, while still preserving the privacy. Outsiders can see through these shades. Light colors provide lower light control and privacy. The shades permit diffused lighting and provide moderate privacy.

Light Filtering Privacy Shades at Night

Light filtering shades are designed to filter sunlight and control the privacy level. The shades provide privacy during the daylight but would not provide privacy at night. So people will be able to see through these shades from outside but you won’t be able to see out.

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In terms of light filtering window coverings, 3 of the best options available are:

1. LightWeaves Roller Solar Shades – are easily one of the most superior options available for commercial and residential applications made by Graber Blinds. They are available in light and airy sheer fabrics that are translucent and blocks the glare and UV rays of the sun, allowing you to maintain a lovely spring feel indoors while making for an unfettered view of the exteriors when they are completely lowered over a window. Alternately, the light filtering fabrics allow for a view of muted shapes outside.

Light Filtering Roller Shades

2. Zebra Sheer Shades – are a fascinating entry into the window shading scene that is crafted with dual layers of softest, striped sheer and semi-opaque/opaque polyesters blends. Suspended from a roller mechanism, they can be adjusted to serve the function of the vanes of a blind – when it’s aligned so the alternating stripes are one on top of the other, it allows for an almost unobstructed view outside, or when it’s aligned so that the darker stripe is layered one on top of the other to provide a muted view (semi-opaque) or a blocked view (opaque). Either way, it can be left lowered down a window when it’s open or closed, to provide whatever function you want.

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3. Comfortex Shangri-La Sheer Horizontal / Vertical Shades – are another appealing innovation that performs the functions of a blind while providing fabric styling to windows. Its vanes are constructed out of fabric, enveloped in dual layers of the softest, muslin-like polyester that seems non-existent when the vanes are in an open position, but you know it must be there as the shapes outside are muted. The vanes are made of light filtering or opaque fabric in a wonderful range of colors. These shades adorn your windows with ballerina grace to provide a wonderfully elegant touch to your interiors.

Light Filtering Window Blinds

All the shades mentioned above are available with control options like the cord lift, the continuous cord loop lift, the cordless, and the motorized lift that makes for added privacy but a seamless view. Team your light filtering shades with an additional layer of another shade like the cellular shade, wood/ faux wood blinds or drapes for additional privacy and insulation. Enjoy spring with an unsurpassed view outside with these privacy light filtering shades.

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