How to Control Light From your Tampa Windows

Eric Ramsey

There are a lot of reasons you might want to control the light coming from your windows in Tampa. Say it’s from ambient street light, constant traffic going by, or regular sunlight, controlling the light from your windows is important for a good night’s sleep.

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For those looking to get better sleep, here are a few ways Tampa homeowners can best control the light.

Which Window Treatments Block Light The Best?

Lots of Tampa window treatments claim to darken a room for better sleep, and you can pretty easily divide them into three groups: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Here’s what you need to know.

Light Controlling Window Treatments – The Good

The best window treatments to dim your windows should do these things:

  • Effectively block light from entering.

  • Adjust easily depending on your preferences.

  • Look great.

The window covering that best fits all these criteria is Tampa plantation shutters. When the louvers are completely shut, shutters form a seal on your windows, blocking nearly all the light. Our patented Polywood shutters also come with built-in weatherstripping that fills in the gaps around the frame, making them even more effective. And unlike vinyl shutters, Polywood is guaranteed to split or crack, which can cause gaps that let light in.

Tampa bedroom with light block shutters

And unlike some cheaper DIY blackout products, shutters look beautiful in any room. Rather than looking like some hardware, they’re as good looking as they are effective.

Another option in the “good” category is light-blocking cellular shades. These are made with thick and layered material to block out most of the sunlight, and extend past your window opening. There can be some miniscule spaces around the edges of the shade where light might peak into the room. But for a non-shutter product, room darkening shades make the cut.

Light Controlling Window Treatments – The Bad

In this category are window coverings that don’t quite go the distance when it comes to blacking out a window. Any kind of fabric window treatment, from curtains to drapes, can let some light in if they aren’t both incredibly dense and go past the edges of your window.

Tampa blackout shades bedroom
Even heavy-duty blinds don’t do quite so well, since the slats on blinds don’t lock into each other like shutter louvers do. That means you’re going to get light, even if it’s at a very slight angle.

Light Controlling Window Treatments – The Ugly

Search for “Tampa window blackouts” on the internet and you might find some easy to use DIY sheets made to hang in a window frame to block light. Most of them are customizable to your window’s dimensions, and adhere to your frame via velcro or something similar. And for the most part, they work fairly well.

But there are a few issues with these products. First off, they don’t look great. The majority of these products sacrifice looks for function. So if you put in of these blackout sheets, do it in a spot that you don’t mind looking dull.

blackout curtain ugly

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Second, for being easy to install, you might want to pray that you won’t have to take them up and down often. The adhesive or velcro that attach them to the wall can wear off pretty easily, which means another purchase and another installation.

Let Sunburst Shutters Tampa Help You See

To learn more about interior shutters or other window treatments that can help you get the light control you need in your home, get in touch with your Tampa shutter team. Fill out the form below or give us a call at 813-580-7288 today to get a free, in-home window treatment consultation.