On the Cellular Level: Light Filtering vs. Blackout and Their Options

By: AishaCL-synergy_antiqueWhite


When it comes to cellular shades, what is the go-to option? Well there are a few different options to have.  For instance, cellulars come in light filtering or blackout. Light filtering is typically used when you want to have light in the room but maintain privacy. Blackout, on the other hand, is used to achieve complete darkness. Most people would use light filtering for rooms such as living, dining, and kitchen rooms; anyplace you’d find a large gathering of people. Blackout is mainly used in areas you might want to keep dark, such as a bedroom or TV room to keep the glare of the sun off of the screen.

There are also a few mechanical options you can add to either kind, which changes things up a bit. The options are cordless, which are without strings, top-down-bottom up, and top-down-bottom up cordless.  The top-down-bottom up option allows you to drop the shade from the top down and also raise it from the bottom up. For example, say you have a bedroom and you know you want it to be completely dark, but during the day you want to have light but keep your privacy. What would you do? Well, you could go for a top-down-bottom-up blackout cellular shade. During the day you could drop it from the top to get that natural light you want but still have your privacy below. The same goes for that feature in the light filtering option.  This option adds approximately $30 per blind.  In addition, this option comes with cords but can also be combined with the cordless option.

You’d typically decide on cordless if you were concerned with cord safety for children or if you simply liked the look of the shade without cords. The cordless option typically adds an additional $40-50 per blind. It comes with a thicker head rail to support its weight and you can get it with handles if you were concerned about getting the fabric dirty with fingerprints when operating the shade. The cordless feature gives the blind a more finished and sleek look in my opinion and is easy to operate.

In terms of cosmetics there are two more options, pleat size.  The two different pleat sizes are a larger 3/4 pleat and a smaller 3/8 pleat. The 3/4 pleat is typically used for bigger windows because they look better and less busy than the smaller pleat. Furthermore, the bigger pleat has more insulation value. The smaller pleat is less insulating unless you purchase one that is a double cell, meaning that one pleat is behind the other. In this case, a double 3/8 pleat has as much insulating value as a single ¾ pleat. On the other hand, the 3/8 pleat is appealing for smaller windows.

Depending on the function you need and the look you’re trying to achieve, that’s the gist of cellular blinds on a cellular level.

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