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Illuminating Your Space: Roof Lanterns vs. Roof Lights

By April 26, 2024No Comments

When it comes to brightening up your living space with natural light, two popular choices often come to mind: roof lanterns and roof lights. While both serve the purpose of brightening up your home they have distinct differences.

Roof Lanterns: Elevating Elegance

Roof lanterns are architectural features that sit on top of a roof, typically in the form of a raised structure with multiple glass panels. They are known for their striking appearance, adding a touch of elegance to both traditional and contemporary designs.

One of the defining characteristics of roof lanterns is their ability to create a focal point within a room, drawing the eye upward and flooding the space below with natural light. This makes them particularly well-suited for areas such as living rooms, dining rooms, and extensions where you want to create a sense of openness and airiness.

Additionally, roof lanterns are designed to provide overhead illumination throughout the day, allowing sunlight to penetrate deep into the room. This not only reduces the need for artificial lighting but also helps regulate indoor temperatures by utilising the heat from the sun.

However, it’s important to note that roof lanterns typically require more space and structural support compared to roof lights, as they protrude from the roof and may necessitate additional framing and reinforcement.

Roof Lights: Seamlessly Integrating Light

Roof lights, on the other hand, are flush-mounted glass panels that sit directly within the roof structure. They offer a more streamlined and minimalist look, blending seamlessly into the architecture without interrupting the roofline.

Unlike roof lanterns, which often feature multiple glass panels and a raised profile, roof lights consist of a single large pane of glass or multiple smaller panels that can be arranged in various configurations. This versatility makes them suitable for a wide range of rooms, from kitchens and bathrooms to corridors and stairwells.

One of the key advantages of roof lights is their ability to maximise natural light without compromising privacy. As they are flush with the roof, they allow sunlight to filter into the room while maintaining a sense of seclusion from neighbouring properties.

Additionally, roof lights are often more cost-effective and easier to install than roof lanterns.

Choosing the Right Option

Ultimately, the choice between roof lanterns and roof lights depends on your preferences, budget, and the specific requirements of your home. Whether you opt for the timeless elegance of a roof lantern or the understated sophistication of roof lights, both options offer a stylish and practical solution for illuminating your living space with natural light.

At Essex Window and Door Centre, we offer both options. Our Titan S1 roof lanterns boast innumerable benefits when compared to others on the market, with Slim aluminium frames and up to 50% less bulk than other units, heat reflection and thermal insulation, and glass that reflects over 60% of the sun’s solar energy. Our roof lights offer similar advantages with self-cleaning glass and a toughened top pane. If you’d like to know more about them, please feel free to pop into our Brentwood showroom for a chat.