VELUX® Blind Information
Loft Blinds are pleased to provide some articles relating to VELUX® Blinds that will inform you and help you to decide which blinds to puchase for your home.
VELUX® Roller Blinds
Many people now fit Velux windows because they are great for allowing light into an otherwise dark, and often unusable, space. However, there may be times when you want to prevent the light shining in. It may be that the sun is shining too brightly or it may be that you want to sleep in the space and the daylight is keeping you awake. Whatever the reason, the answer is to fit Velux blinds to these windows.
The latest collection of specially designed blinds allows you to not only control the amount of light a room receives, but its direction and quality too.
Velux blinds are specially made to fit precisely on the Velux window frame and are very easy to fit and operate. However, if you have very high roof windows that cannot be reached easily these blinds can be supplied with an electronically operated open/close system which is activated by either a switch or a hand held remote control.
Of the many types of blinds available the most popular type is the standard Roller Blind which is quick and simple to fit, and readily available online with Free next day delivery from some UK official stockists.
The Roller Blind is ideal for diffusing the light and providing basic privacy in a simple and elegant way. It can be positioned at any point on the window for precision light control and is available in a wide range of colours and patterns, and some companies offer a next day swatch service so you can examine the patterns and colours before you order.
And blinds need not be expensive. This is due to the competitive nature of the internet, many companies are now selling Velux blinds online but the best offer substantial discount prices, Free next day delivery, swatch samples and a dedicated help line.
Published: Mar 9, 2011
Danish VELUX® Blinds
Danish designed Velux blinds have been popular for many years, especially in Northern European countries but they are now available worldwide in a huge variation of colours and designs, and many are designed for a specific purpose.
Among the most popular of these Velux blinds are Blackout Blinds, and below is a brief description of this blind type, which is very often used in loft rooms that have been converted into bedrooms, or apartments where the rooms have been built right up into the roofline.
Velux blackout blinds are perfect for providing the best total darkness for both night and day and are perfect for afternoon naps and those lighter summer nights. They are also just right to ensure that children get that deep sleep they need. These Velux blinds help to turn day into night and are made of dirt-resistant polyester which features an aluminium foil laminate that reflects excessive heat from the sun in the summer, whilst retaining heat within the room during the cold winter months.The Blackout blind is simple to fit and runs up and down the window frame in aluminium side channels. These are designed to prevent 99% of daylight from passing in around the edges of the blind to ensure you stay in total darkness, and these blinds don't look like traditional blackout blinds because they are available in a wide range of colours and designs to fit most size Velux window frames.
These blinds can also be bought in three variants: Manual, Solar Powered Remote Control and Electric control for electrically operated VELUX Roof Windows, ensuring that there is an option suitable for every situation.
Published: Jan 21, 2011
Types of VELUX® Blind
Below is a brief description of the various types of Velux blinds available today :
Blackout Blinds give the best total darkness for both night and day. Perfect for afternoon naps and those lighter summer nights. Just right to ensure the kids get that deep sleep they need. These blinds help to turn day into night and are made of dirt-resistant polyester which features an aluminium foil that reflects excessive heat from the sun in the summer, whilst retaining heat within the room during the winter. The Blackout blind runs up and down the window in aluminium side channels. These are designed to prevent 99% of daylight from passing in around the edges to keep you in almost total darkness, and these blinds don't look like traditional blackout blinds because they are available in a wide range of colours and designs to fit most window frames.
Venetian blinds are best for adjusting the amount and direction of sunlight. Made of aluminium, they are easy to wipe clean and are perfect for any room that encounters high humidity levels. Design features make operation simple and convenient, with a control mechanism that allows you to position the blinds at any point on the window. Improved aesthetics give you control over both the amount and direction of light, and they are easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Roller Blinds provide basic privacy and control of sunlight, and are undoubtedly the most popular of all blinds. They are available in a huge range of colours and patterns and are ideal for diffusing the light and providing basic privacy in a simple and elegant way. They are extremely easy to fit using the Velux patented Pick & Click system.
Flying Pleated Blinds
The new Flying Pleated Blind allows a more flexible position in the window and lets in just the right amount of light, thanks to the new special operating system that lets you position the blind smoothly and easily anywhere on the window frame. The blind is operated by two elegant full-width control bars and can be set in any position in the window as it is not fixed at the top or the bottom. This blind provides basic privacy and greater control of sunlight and it's soft decorative effect is available in a wide range of designs and colours. The new Pleated blinds simply soften the light and add an elegant, decorative finish to your room. Flying Pleated blinds do not attract dirt and retain their shape no matter how often the blind is used.
Sometimes it's not just light that a window can let in and insect screen blinds are an elegant and effective solution to keep out insects while the window is still open, allowing fresh air to circulate freely. They won't obstruct your view and are easy to clean with a damp cloth. These blinds allow you to have all your meals with your family in comfort or enjoy a peaceful night's sleep without the unwelcome presence of insects.
It is installed on the wall so you can use your window as normal and if you're not using it, simply roll it up in its aluminium casing. This screen blind can be combined with all types of VELUX Blinds.
Most Velux blinds can be bought in three variants: Manual, Solar Powered Remote Control, Electric control for electrically operated Velux Roof Windows.
Published: Jan 10, 2011
How to fit Blackout VELUX® Blinds
All Velux blinds are manufactured to specific dimensions to fit their windows. These blinds have a size code number that corresponds to the size code seen on a small plaque on the top edge of the window when opened. The first three letters of the code, e.g., GGL shows the type of window and the second part of the code gives the size of the internal glass measurement and therefore the corresponding size of the blind. This code, depending on the age of the window, may be a single number from 1 - 10 or may be a combination of 3 numbers or numbers and letters, e.g. C04, 606, U08, etc.
Provided the size code is given correctly at the time of ordering, the blind is guaranteed to fit and installation is a simple task that requires only a bradawl and a screwdriver. No special skills are required and it takes only about 15 - 20 minutes to complete the job.
Carefully remove the blind from its packaging and remove the contents. The blind comes in rigid cartons and is protected at its ends by polystyrene blocks to keep it in perfect condition when in transit. The contents include illustrated, step-by-step instructions and all the screws and components necessary for its installation and of course, the blind itself. The plastic fittings for the top and bottom of the blind come sealed in separate packets. It is best to open only one packet at a time to avoid any confusion when installing a blackout blind for the first time.
VELUX® Blackout Blind Fitting Guide
Step By Step Instructions
Start with pack B as shown on the enclosed instructions and look to see if the top internal edges of the window are already fitted with the correct plastic fixing points. If so, the contents of pack B can be discarded. Check the diagram in pack B to ensure any existing plastic fixing points are of the correct type.
To fit the new fixing points in pack B, (if necessary), separate the 2 plastic pieces where they are joined at the centre and leave the long plastic guide pieces attached. These ensure correct positioning of the fixings. Once they are screwed into place the long plastic guide pieces can be detached and discarded.
The polished aluminium header which contains the actual blind can now be slotted into place. A click will be heard when the header is properly slotted into place.
Open the pack marked A in the instruction leaflet and remove the contents; separate the 2 plastic fittings at the centre and discard the plastic joining piece. The plastic fittings are marked with 'L' (left hand side) and 'R' (right hand side). Screw them into the bottom sides of the window as shown in the diagram.
Take the aluminium guide channels and slot these into place ensuring that the top edges of the guides slide slightly under the aluminium header of the blind. A click will be heard when they are properly fitted into place.
The guide channels can now be secured in place with the screws provided.
Separate the red plastic retaining pieces to release the cord from its position at the base of the header. Make sure the cord is not twisted and click the grey plastic clips into place in the corresponding fixings at the bottom of the window.
The blind is now ready for use and can be slid open or closed or left partially open at any position of the window as may be desired.
Published: Sep 6, 2010
Factors to consider when choosing VELUX® blinds
Loft conversions are designed for many purposes and home owners convert vacant loft areas for use as bedrooms, offices, space for relaxation, recreational purposes, to provide an extra bathroom or simply for use as storage. Whatever your particular use, there are Velux blinds suitable for every circumstance.
When a loft room is used as sleeping accommodation then your best choice of blind might be the type known as a 'blackout' blind, especially if the windows are south or east facing and you like to sleep late on a Sunday morning. This blind, known as Type DKL, is decorative on its interior face but combines with an aluminium coloured facing on the external side which completely obliterates external light sources. This blind is lowered and raised through aluminium side channels which eliminate up to 99% of light entering through the edges.
For the best of both worlds, the blind known as the DUO, offers the combination of blackout blind and a pleated blind which are combined in a single unit. Either blind can be easily adjusted to be fully opened or fully closed or to allow a partial combination of both. The pleated blind does not obscure light completely but filters light so that it is easy on the eye and offers a soft, comfortable appearance so often desirable when furnishing a bedroom.
The pleated blind, Type FHL, can of course be purchased as a separate blind so if total darkness in the room is not a priority then this blind can be installed to create an air of peace and comfort. If your roof window is situated on a north facing slope of your roof then this blind could be your best option.
For office or recreational use, the best choice might be the blind known as a 'roller blind' Type RFL. This type of blind can be fully opened, fully closed, or placed at any desired position within its polished aluminium guides. For office use, this blind, made of 100% polyester lends an air of efficiency and is easy to clean. The effect of the 'roller blind' is to exclude the full glare of sunlight but is sufficiently translucent to avoid darkening of the room. Light is diffused and softened, thereby creating an ambience ideal for those pensive moments. Sharp shadows and glare are reduced, allowing an even light for working at a computer, playing games or for pursuing ones favourite pastime.
The Velux company also manufacture a range of Venetian blinds. Easy to install and ideal for a bathroom or any other area where there might be a high degree of humidity. Easy to clean and, like all other Velux blinds, they come in a wide range of colours to suit your décor.
Published: Mar 19, 2010
Ceiling too high to fit and reach VELUX® blinds?Think again; Velux manufactures a range of alternatives for operating roof windows and blinds beyond normal reach.
At the top of the range comes an electrically operated window connected through a motorized unit connected to the property's wiring circuit. The window can be opened or closed at any desired position at the convenient touch of a button.
Not only that, the company, always with an eye to environmentally friendly solutions, also manufactures a roof window fitted with a small, highly sensitive solar panel. The solar panel is fitted to the exterior of the window and charges an integrated motor which is operated by a remote control handset.
But what about Velux blinds for these windows? No problem, they have thought of that too. They also manufacture a range of blinds, known as Type DSL. These are also operated by tiny but ultra-effective solar panels fitted to the external side of the window blinds' header bar. They are available in the ever popular range of Blackout blinds or the light filtering range of Roller blinds. A simple hand held remote control unit with batteries included comes with every blind and allows you to open or close the blind at will in any position you choose.
These remote controlled blinds can also be a boon to anyone confined to their beds through illness or confined to their armchair while they are watching football on television. You don't have to get up to operate the blind; just don't confuse it with the television channel changer and bring the curtain down on the game.
At the lower end of the price scale comes the polished aluminium telescopic extension rod. Not as 'cool' as a remote control but very affordable and much more portable than a step ladder. If you can stretch up your hand within 1.8 metres of the window without standing on a box then the ZCT 200 is for you.
Still not long enough? If extra length is important to you then simply add on an extra metre by purchasing a ZCT 100 extender; also in matching polished aluminium. Simply slide it into the end of the ZCT 200 and....Hey presto! You've added an extra metre. That should be enough length to satisfy anybody's needs. It's sturdy, lightweight and very affordable.
If ease of operation is more of an issue than length, the ZCZ 080 might be just the job; it reaches up to a height of 80 centimetres. Perfect if you suffer from lumbago!
P.S. If you're ordering an extension rod, don't forgot to include an adaptor; this is the Velux Z0Z 085. It slides into the bottom rail of the window blind and makes for effortless movement when sliding it up or down.
If you're a little on the short side or your Velux blinds are a little bit too high, contact any official stockist who will be only too pleased to give you a leg-up.
For further information regarding Velux blinds, their specifications, and the options available for solar operated blinds; contact any official Velux Blinds stockists.
Published: Feb 11, 2010
VELUX® Blackout blinds - Type DKL
These blinds are manufactured from triple weave polyester fabric and come in a range of forty colours. There are four standard colours and thirty-six premium colours to choose from. The colours are highly resistant to light and do not fade.
The external face of all DKL blinds is finished with a solar reflecting aluminium fabric film which keeps out heat in the summer months and helps retain heat in the winter. This aluminium fabric is totally light excluding even when a light colour is chosen for its internal face.
The header of the blind (into which the blind rolls up), the lateral guides and the concave operating bar at the bottom of the blind are manufactured from anodized aluminium with a polished finish.
The header is installed at the top of the window by means of grey plastic fixings. Grey plastic fixings installed at the bottom of the window retain the clips holding the operating cord in its correct position.
VELUX® Roller blinds - Type RFL
These blinds are made from 100% translucent polyester fabric. They provide privacy and filter daylight without darkening a room completely.
There is a choice of thirty-seven colours; four of which are standard colours and the remaining thirty-three are available in a range of premium colours and designs. The colours are non-fade.
The header of the blind, the lateral guides and the operating bar at the bottom of the blind are made of anodized aluminium with a polished finish.
Grey plastic fixings are used to install the header of the blind and to hold the operating cord at the bottom of the window.
VELUX® Pleated blinds - Type FHL
These are made from translucent polyester fabric with each horizontal pleat being 20mm in width. The pleats are retained in position and operated by means of a cord. Under normal use the pleats retain their shape and do not flatten.
The blinds are available in a choice of thirty-seven colours; four standard colours and the remaining thirty-three in a range of premium colours and designs. All colours and designs are non-fade.
The header, lateral guides and the concave operating bar at the bottom of the blind are made from anodized aluminium with a polished finish.
All fixings are of grey plastic.
VELUX® Venetian blinds - Type PAL
The curved laminates of the Venetian blinds are manufactured from aluminium and are lacquered on both sides. The laminates are thirty-five millimetres in width.
These blinds are available in a choice of nine colours, one of which is a standard colour (code 7001) and eight are available in the premium range. All colours are highly fade resistant.
The header, lateral guides and concave operating bar are of anodized aluminium with a polished finish.
All fixings are of grey plastic including the lateral side control which adjusts the laminates to the desired angle.
For further information regarding Velux blinds, their specifications, and the options available for solar operated blinds; contact any official Velux Blinds stockists.
Published: Dec 16, 2009
VELUX® Blinds: A brief history
In 1941, Villum Kann Rasmussen, aware of a national shortage of living space in his homeland of Denmark, realised there was an opportunity for developing attic space into cheap living accommodation – so he developed a roof window to let in natural daylight, and VELUX® was born. However, the first Velux® roof window ever made was installed in a Danish school.
The Velux® name is derived from the words Ventilation and Lux, the latter word being Latin for light.
Almost seventy years later, the company has grown to become the leading international manufacturer of roof windows and the word Velux® has become a generic term for roof windows, and Velux blinds have become as equally well known as the windows themselves. The company now provides not only solutions to obvious roof light difficulties, but offers a variety of different shapes and sizes for windows which allow architects to make positive design statements in numerous projects.
It has long been known that natural daylight has positive psychological and health benefits and the concept of space and light having energy saving benefits is well documented. In America, research has shown that exposure to spectrum light results in better moods, improved attendance at work, dental health, and increased concentration levels, and Velux roof windows have contributed to the wellbeing of many people's everyday lives.
Although Velux provide a wide standard range of roof windows and skylights, along with solutions for flat roofs, the company is still best known for its sloping roof windows and blinds.
Published: Jul 29, 2008