The Difference Between Light Filtering and Room Darkening Shades

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At first glance, the terms “light filtering” and “room darkening” can seem like the same thing — as their names imply, they both block out light, right?

While they may seem similar, each one accomplishes a very different function. If you choose one over the other without knowing the difference, you may be left sitting in the dark (literally).

Light Filtering Vs. Room Darkening

Light Filtering

Just like its name implies, light filtering shades block roughly half the amount of light coming through a window. They can also significantly reduce glare and protect your wood flooring or furniture from sun damage, without completely eliminating all natural light.

Light filtering shades work best in:

  • Living rooms
  • Dining rooms
  • Home offices
  • Kitchens

Cellular, roman, and roller shades are all popular types of light filtering treatments that you’ve probably seen in friends’ and families' homes.

Room Darkening

Room darkening shades typically filter between 95 and 99% of all light coming through a window. Because they virtually eliminate all natural light, most people don’t like to install them in common spaces.

Room darkening shades work best in:

  • Bedrooms
  • Nurseries
  • Home theaters

If you’re in the market for room darkening shades, you may also need outside mounts for complete light control.

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Kris Stuart About the Author: Kris Stuart, Bloomin’ Blinds
Kris has been a window covering expert in the industry since 2001. He has expertise in a wide range of window covering matters, including repairs, installations, sales, and administration. In his free time, Kris loves to spend time with his wife and kids, making them laugh, travel together, and trying new hobbies.