Techniques to Block Outside Lighting

Techniques to Block Outside Lighting

Outside lighting, if it be the sun or the streetlight, can be valuable or bothersome. Yes, nothing is nicer than a bright day, and we all love the streetlights which keep the streets safe for night strolls. However, the rising sun can kill all hopes of sleeping in late; while the streetlights can squash any dreams of turning in early. Fortunately, there are solutions which don’t involve always wearing sunglasses.

Dark Carpets

Buy curtains. Homeowners and renters alike can buy curtains in dark hues or even blackout curtains. The prior, when in use, will dull the offensive light, while the latter will block it out entirely. Blackout curtains may have many different advantages. When in use; they block noise and drafts caused by poorly insulated windows, and may also help keep the room cool in the summer and warmer during the winter. They can help you keep your privacy. Both dark and blackout curtains are available at big box stores in addition to high-end house décor stores. Renters have it easy with setup: Just swap the drapes for the old.

Motorized Blinds

Modernize the window treatments from motorizing them another alternative for homeowners and renters alike. Just about any variety of window treatment could be motorized: blinds, roman or pleated drapes and shades. After the sunlight or streetlights become too much to bear and you can not muster the energy to escape bed, simply use your remote control to take action for you. For the times when you’re not home in time to shut the curtains, try shades or drapes which are operated on a timer. The timers may also be coupled with sun sensors which will close the blinds once the sun shines right in your construction.


Add protection against the sun or bright artificial lights outside with functional exterior shutters. Swing the walls closed and they can keep out the excessive light and provide a respite from the heat or thick storm winds. Attach the camera into the trim surrounding the window and fasten the shutter into the house with a metallic clip known as a shutter dog. Install one camera into the window having the most light or choose to add dividers to every window. Exterior shutters, if applied to every window, may get expensive. A frugal approach would be to install interior dividers to just the windows which are getting the most light. The inside shutter is attached to the outside of the window casing or into the slender frame inside the opening of the window. Interior shutters offer exactly the same light-blocking benefit as exterior shutters; to conserve money, install them only in windows in rooms where they’re needed most. Shutters are available at the big box stores and house décor retailers. Order custom sizes direct from the manufacturer.


Another homeowner-only choice is to block the window with a trellis festooned with decorative greenery. A variety of trellis styles is offered in pressure-treated lumber, plastic or metal at plant nurseries and big box stores. Install the trellis at least two feet from the house so that you can get the region behind the trellis. Guarantee that the trellis framework will stay put in the ground by filling the post openings with a mix of gravel and soil. Plant climbing plants like ivy, roses or peas on the trellis for a botanical sunlight shade.

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