A Dazzle Free Conservatory
With the typical Victorian conservatory having 12 glass roof panes & 14 side panes of glass (excluding the small opening lights), ie 26 windows that may need blinds, it is not surprising that a considerable amount of light is generated, resulting in harmful glare! It is also not surprising that many conservatory owners cite “glare” as their biggest issue.
- Type of glass (strength of tint, modern day or old specification, non tinted)
- Polycarbonate (tinted on untinted, colour & depth of tint)
- Aspect of conservatory (south facing has the sun all day & often the biggest solar problems)
- Pitch, size & height of roof & sides
- Atmospheric conditions
- Colour of flooring & walls (white or light colours internally reflect the sun’s rays to produce glare, whereas darker colours absorb the light [& heat])
Numerous factors influence glare such as:
The best conservatory blinds to combat glare eliminate the brightness, rather than just reduce it. Your eyes are special & extremely sensitive to bright light & so should be afforded maximum protection against the harmful effects of UV rays. Eye strain leading to headaches or migraine may result & this should be avoided for long term eye health.
Glare can be direct from the sun or reflected off walls & flooring, making it hard to see clearly. Computer or TV screens in your conservatory can cause eyestrain: the contrast between the screen & its background is reduced by reflected light, which makes the brain work overtime to interpret the image, resulting in eye muscles tightening & straining. Good quality blinds will prevent squinting that may strain eye or face muscles, leaving you comfortable to enjoy the time in your conservatory.