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10:09AM | 08/18/01
Member Since: 07/14/01
3 lifetime posts
I have 4 oblong recessed skylights in an
upstairs bedroom ceiling that is about 10
ft high. The sun streams thru them making
for high a/c bills in summer. What can I
get to be able to open and close (with a
shade or whatever) to block out the sun.
Because of the height of the ceiling, it
would have to be something I can open and
close from the floor.

Jay J

06:08PM | 08/18/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi starlette,

Don't know but you have to be careful about 'closing' that area off.

If it gets real hot up there, inside the 'bubble', a slow death can occur. Although it gets hot up there not, at least the heat that builds up can 'escape' the area.

I had a similiar problem. This is why I suggest that skylights be put on the SHADE side of the roof, if possible. (I.E., the north side.) Low E and tinted windows are best. What I ended up doing was installing a skylight that opened via manual hand-crank. (They have electrical ones but for the money, we don't open them too often.)

I know it's not the answer you wanted. Oh, you MAY be able to buy 'shades' but you want a shade that 'opens' a little on BOTH ends. Consider a screen too. It won't totally block the light but it will diffuse it AND allow air up there. Maybe you can 'rig' something that you can put up in Spring and remove at the end of the Summer.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator


10:02AM | 08/20/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
1674 lifetime posts
Do you know the brand of skylight? Some manufacturers make shades (Velux, for example) that perfectly fit the frames of their skylights. You can get remote control (expensive) or manual ones that you open and close with a long handled tool.
Some are like venetian blinds, so they don't have to create a heat/moisture/etc. problem when closed or partially closed.

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