The Difference Between Sunscreen and Light Filter Fabrics

What's the difference between Sunscreen and Light Filter fabrics?

If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between a Sunscreen and a Light Filter fabric, you’re not alone! Sometimes knowing which one is right for you can be a little tricky. We've broken down the main points of difference between the two, to try and make it that little easier for you. 

Sunscreen Fabrics

Sunscreen fabrics enable you to retain your view to the outside, allow in natural light and at the same time provide daytime privacy. They excel in controlling the glare entering your room, and with an approximate 95% UV blockage they offer protection for your furniture and flooring from sun damage. With energy efficient insulation properties, sunscreen blinds are ideal for keeping your rooms cooler in summer and that little bit warmer in winter. 

Light colours will reflect the light and heat whilst maximising the brightness of your space. Darker colours tend to be a little easier on the eye as they absorb the light and heat, and they offer excellent visibility from inside to out. Keep these factors in mind when choosing which colour is best for you and your interior.

iseek recommends:

  • Pairing your sunscreen blind with a blockout roller blind for nighttime privacy
  • Installing behind a blockout curtain for the ultimate in light control
  • Sunscreen blinds are ideal for both living and bedrooms, providing daytime privacy and softened light

Light Filter Fabrics

Light Filtering fabrics gently diffuse and soften the light, whilst ensuring both day and night time privacy - meaning you can enjoy the best of both worlds at the same time.  Also known as translucent blinds, they are designed to block the view from outside in and vice versa - so are ideal if you need privacy from a street-facing window, or to hide a not-so-perfect view. With their insulation properties they can also assist in the energy efficiency of your home, helping to retain warmth in winter and keep out the heat in summer. 

Choosing a lighter colour fabric will maximise the natural light coming into your space - think of using these colours in living spaces and bathrooms where you really want to keep things as light and bright as possible. In contrast to this, using darker colours will absorb more light therefore darkening the interior, making them ideal for theatre rooms or bedrooms. 

iseek recommends:

  • Light Filter fabrics are a great option if you only have space to install one blind.  
  • They are great for bathrooms - providing privacy whilst retaining natural light. 
  • Try our top selling Palm Beach Light Filter fabric or our new Linesque Light Filter for a gorgeous, decorative finish to your room. 

We hope that clears it up a little and assists you in deciding which fabric will be best for your home. If you'd like further advice, or want to order samples (which is always the best idea!) - please jump online at or shoot us an email at - we're here to help!

Learn more

Michael explains some facts about fabric selection and the difference between Sunscreen & Light Filter fabrics. Watch our video here

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