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That’s right: 15% off Shades AND Upgrades!

This could be YOU:

GREEN in your pocket,

because you’re trading in old slat blinds

for New Cellular Shades & Cellular Skylight Shades!

Remember: Shades ship FREE in the Continental US (UPS Ground)

How timely to read on houzz an article about FLAGS, seeing as today marks the cusp of a three-day holiday weekend here in the States: for Memorial Day.

flagsAuthor Alison Hodgson’s own decorating scheme is shown in the photo: a pleated fan above the door; flags line the walkway.

The building my mother lives in has a flag pole — flag flaps in the breeze all weathers, all hours. So it is a surprise to read that although the ‘inclement’ weather indicative should be observed, the lowering at sunset has looser restrictions. If the flag is illuminated it can fly at night.

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There is a website for up-to-the-minute HALF-STAFF notifications, but the major half-staff dates are:

* May 15, Peace Officers Memorial Day

* September 11

* (early October) Sunday of Fire Prevention Week

* December 7, National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

The article discusses the pertinent information for flying the U.S. Flag: which flag takes precedence if flying more than one, which way is “right side up” etc.

Pity there’s so little history of the flag. Websites do exist. And what would talk of the flag be without talk of Betsy Ross! so here is some additional information:

The rule of thumb for FLYING YOUR FLAG Memorial Day is: Half-Staff from sunrise until noon, then Full Staff the rest of the day.
Here at we are having our own MEMORIAL DAY celebrations: our 20% off Skylight Shades Sale continues through Monday, May 27th.

20-percent-off-skylightsStay COOL & CUT your Summer energy bills!

I’ve been looking forward to today’s date for days: October 11, 2012 — or, 10/11/12. It just rolls off the tongue!

I couldn’t wait to point out the date to our Soft-Treatment Guru, a very lucky fellow who too-frequently wins with scratch tickets. Surely today would add to his luck! His reaction was very dull indeed…. Ah, balloon faded a bit…

…but balloon did not completely burst.

A look online and there I found others like me, intrigued by the sequence of numbers. Konstantin Kakaes even felt “in a slightly better mood than I usual am.”

Numbers are important to a company like — why? because without numbers, and accurate ones to boot, we couldn’t build our shades. EVERYthing is calculated beforehand so that all the parts fit together like a finely-crafted glove. In this instance, a glove against cold drafts and heating sun-rays.

So, while many couples will be hearing wedding bells on 12/12/12 – maybe more bridal homes would like a nuptials facelift along the lines of Dan in Maine. I still think his new skylight shades “rescued” the wedding!

On sale through the 23rd of September,


  • Black Out Fabrics and Light Filtering Fabrics
  • Double-Cell and Single-Cell Fabrics

Coordinate with your Window Shades and you’ll get both sales:

20% off Skylights


15% off CellularWindowShades

Are you TIRED of Battling Summer’s heat and humidity?

I’ve chosen this picture because it not only shows shades, it is a room with at least FOUR skylights! So many people I’ve spoken with this week have been COOKING under their exposed skylights. Some readers of The Inside Scoop at CellularWindowShades may not realize that, yes, we make shades for all sorts of openings — including skylights.

If you, like them, are looking for relief from the heat, check out the two skylight styles offers: the “Balcony Skylight Shade” and the “Daylight Skylight Shade“, this later is for more expansive (wide and/or long) openings.

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And a different sort of battle: 16th August represents Bennington Battle Day in Vermont. Read about the original Revolutionary War battle and, if you’re in the area, check out the Events around this year’s commemoration. The Annual Bennington Battle Day Parade takes place on Sunday. Organizers are predicting “nice weather” and “nice music”!

The Green Building Forum, in the UK, featured this recent Q&A session about blinds. One forum-poster, JT, confessed “I think I’ve been so fixated on heat loss that I hadn’t given thought to avoiding overheating.”

With July temperatures already wilting many communities, OVERheating — through glass found in windows, patio doors, and skylights — is a concern.

Of exceptional interest is James’s link to this article on Thermal Performance of Traditional Windows. I have “original” windows in my modest Cape-style home here in Vermont, and have blogged a couple of times about the value and also the historic desirability of original sash windows (never mind the landfill conundrum). This article actually uses the phrase “evidence is available to counteract some of the misconceptions about the energy efficiency of original timber sash windows“. They advocate simple repairs and “basic improvements”.

In point number 3, where there is discussion of curtains and “roller blinds”, imagine how much more effective and efficient those windows could be with Cellular window shades. We’ve got data to back up our assertions: Check out our R-values for Cellular Shades page.

If the UK strives to target U-value for windows of 2 or below then more windows should be covered by Cellular Shades: “To compare R-value and U-factor, divide 1 by the U-factor number,” says the site Efficient Using this to get an R-value for “high performance double-pane windows” -> with a U-factor of 0.30 on average – that equates an R-value of 3.33.

This R-value is desirable: and what comes close is the Light Filtering Cellular Window shade fabric, with an R-value of 2.8.

Add side tracks to that same shade and you’ve raised the R-value to 3.3 — and tied that “high performance double-pane” window.

Use Black Out fabric rather than Light Filtering fabric and you up those values even more: R-value of 4.0 and, if you add side tracks, 4.7.

These numbers are for SHADE ALONE. Once you factor in the window itself, you’re potentially reaching R-values in the range of 8.2.

So how does all this help with keeping OUT the hot weather, as well as keeping in HEAT during the winter months?

English Heritage has produced a video Sash Windows – Why They Are Worth Keeping. The same link also gives access to a couple of well-thought-out publications on improving thermal performance.

It’s a two-way street: What improves to keep heating inside rather than dissipating to the outdoors also helps keep the sweltering outdoor temperatures from impacting your internal temperature. If outdoor heat doesn’t enter your premises, then your cooling system — whether a/c units or fans — can relax and work much less. offers the following “Handy Info” pages:

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“There is nothing quite like walking into a cool room on a hot day…”

If you answer the following question, with a YES, maybe it’s time
to research Cellular Shades and Skylights:

Do you start your air conditioning early in the morning,
and run it all day??

(for A Cooler You, Click on the link or photo)

Remember the line from Sunset Boulevard: “They had faces then” –Norma Desmond knew that visuals were worth a thousand words.

With films routinely being made in “3-D” — giving “faces” noses, chins, and cheekbones — now is the time for The Inside Scoop to break through the wall (no pun intended) and talk about our own “third-dimension”.

Orders will always inquire about the width of a shade, the length of a shade. Twice today my colleague and I have taken phone calls that brought to mind the undiscussed dimension: that of DEPTH.

Both calls regarded our Balcony Skylight Shade — on which currently offers a 20%-off sale (sale ends this weekend).

My Colleague’s caller wanted to know the measurement of the side retainer tracks. These pieces appear at the sides of our Skylight Shades (shade schematics) and the left one is seen on the left side of this photo (above).

They measure a good 2-inches, in depth.

My caller had difficulty quantifying “depth” – because the measuring guide made no mention of it. The Product Information, which should be the first page consulted, gives all our max and mins. The minimum depth required for mounting a Skylight Shade is given there as 1 and 1/4-inches. Of course that means that if your tracks measure 2-inches – there is an addition inch and a quarter that juts out beyond the opening.

While we custom-make every shade to your dimensions, the dimension of depth is possibly the most important measurement you can take.

So, a word to the wise: Always account for the third-dimension!

The skylight opening pictured at right has no bottom “shelf”. Can CellularWindowShades build a shade to fit this space? Yes — but, that fourth side needs to be built, then a set of length measurements taken. Why? Because the shade has brackets at the bottom and top — it’s the middle rail that moves so the shade opens and closes.

This photo at left has it all: four sides, with 90-degree corners; a depth greater than 1.25 inches. The photo shows the shade at the interior edge, but you could place that shade further into the “box”, just as long as the shade is not right up against the glass.

For required depths, and other product information, see our Skylight page:

For our VIDEO on how to operate a “Balcony” Skylight Shade – check out CWS‘s YouTube channel.

Now that we’ve grabbed your attention with the idea of saving some $$$ with the purchase of a skylight shade — let’s discuss a few terms and talk about exactly what you receive when you buy a CellularWindowShades skylight blind.

Talking on the phone with customers, I confused one by using what here, at, is a pretty interchangeable term: Skylight and Balcony Shade. They are one and the same, so don’t be put off when we switch terminology on you!

CellularWindowShades manufacturers your actual shades, but Comfortex, the company who makes the fabric and parts, has what they call the SYMPHONY line of Cellular Shades. That’s why you find colors with names like Alto, Cadenza, Aida; and the rather quaintly-spelled Chordless lift mechanism — they all relate to musical terms and vocabulary.

So now that you know, whether talking SKYLIGHT SHADE or BALCONY SHADE (or even Balcony Skylight Shade!), we are all on the same page as far as product goes, what arrives at your home or business when you order a Skylight Shade from

The typical application has the shade opening from the bottom, upwards, as in this picture above. You can see that the “pleats’ of the honeycomb fabric (a LIGHT FILTERING fabric in this instance) runs horizontally across the shade.

You can think of the entire unit as being made up of a set (on the left and right) of “tracks” and a cellular shade, with a head and bottom rail. Here’s how it all fits together to work in bettering your energy savings, year-around:

The POLYCARBONATE track system is heavy-duty and provides superior insulation (as well as light blocking). There are color-coordinated inserts for these tracks:


The shade itself is best seen in this exploded view:

Here you see the brackets, at top and bottom, that do all the work and actually attach your Balcony shade into the well of the skylight. The moving middle bar — with its central handle — is where fingers or our Balcony Pole attaches in order to move the shade up and down (ie, open or close).

We get a fair amount of calls, from customers wondering what those Balcony Poles look like — well, we can satisfy such curiosity here! The poles themselves, in a 6-foot and a 12-foot model, telescope out to those lengths, depending on the height required for reaching your skylight(s). The attachment for this model of blind looks rather like a cork-screw with a finger on the end. But rather than listening to me describe here’s a couple of pictures to speak where mere words fail:

The pole end screws onto the pole and the “finger” will grasp on to the handle. An easy push upwards, and the shade opens! An easy pull downwards, and it’s closed. Simple as that!

Still uncertain about purchasing a Skylight shade from CellularWindowShades? Ask for our working model – it comes with all the parts and an actual shade. Details on how to order working models for any of our shade products can be found on our website.

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