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Old 02-24-2014, 09:18 PM   #1
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In oyour master bedroom we have a large window (4' wide by 6' tall) 3 feet from our bed. It doesnt receive direct sunlight in the morning, but enough lihht enters to wake me up; I'm an extremely light sleeper.

We tinted the windows but didnt choose a super dark tint since we do like to see out, so we chose a medium to full darkness tint which we later discovered to be too light. We installed plastic plantation shutters but they dont close hermatically 100% and leave enough of a tiny gap to let light in.

Our options:
1. Seal the window with brick. Too drastic and the wife would never approve.
2. Install a vertical spring blind behind the shutters. Too cheesy and enough light enters through the sides; we did this in our old house.

Does anyone have any other suggestions? I'm thinking about something similar to the black stripe football and baseball players paint on their face to absorb light. What if I paint the interior sides of the window frame black ao that the light from the sides gets absorbed? That wont help the light that comes in from the middle from shutters that dont close 100%.

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Old 02-24-2014, 10:32 PM   #2
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we used room darkening curtains. they don't get 100% of the light, but they get most of it.

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Curtains will certainly help, but light always enters through the sides, no?
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I work at night a lot and sleep during the day. In the past I have purchased high quality blackout blinds that work very well. They need to be measured and cut exactly to fit in the window. No off-the-shelf stuff. The good ones look like regular cellular blinds but they have foil on the inside that blocks 100% of the light. You can buy them at any place that sells window dressings but they might not be on display. They usually cost a lot more than regular blinds.

For a cheaper version you can tape tin foil over the window. Put some cloth on both sides of the foil so it doesn't look like garbage from the inside or outside.
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Blackout shades cut to fit.
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I will certainly avoid the effective yet tacky aluminum foil trick. I will either consider blackout shades or possible exterior window film. I have film on the interior, but I'm thinking that if I put something very reflective on the outside, that it will cut out a lot of the light.
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Curtains will certainly help, but light always enters through the sides, no?
yes, mine do. they work well enough for me. mine are just walmart specials.
if i wanted near 100% black out. i would put a fit to the window pull down shade.
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I use room darkening curtains and that works well. The room is very dark anytime I need it, yet I can pull back the curtains and have all the light I want.
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If your looking for the easy and cheaper solution than light preventing curtains would be the best bet.
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Blinds.com has fancy blackout shades that seal off the light with an installed side track, expensive though. They have simpler versions too.
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a few years ago, when i was using my home theater during the summer. i had to block out the daylight, completely. i used cut to size pieces of cardboard. 0 light intrusion.
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I know what it's like to wake up to even the smallest ray of of daylight, and I know what my mood can be like for the rest of the day because of it.

Have you tried using a sleeping mask? There are some really comfy ones (I use one in silk) and they provide the pitch black you are looking for.

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