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Roof Lights v’s Roof Lanterns

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Both products offer similar results but we explore a few of the differences between the two.

First of all, let’s look at the design

Aluminium Roof Lanterns

Lantern rooflights were originally popular during Victorian times and created a grand architectural feature for larger properties aligning well with other impressive aspects of the property. Today, a key thing to be aware of when choosing a roof lantern design is the height – for example in a single-storey roof extension, you might have windows upstairs with a partially blocked view by the lantern.


These are perfect for modern buildings given their clean lines and frames. They are also not visible from the garden or outside space and won’t obstruct upstairs windows, given their low profiles. From the inside looking out, they also provide an unobstructed, clear view to the sky.

Now let’s look at the lighting

Flat Rooflights

Rooflights allow the maximum possible light to enter your home given their is little to no intrusion from aluminium frame. They are perfect for areas that feel far too small or too dark. Also, roof lights are available in different shapes which allow for both flexibility and design ideas – shapes can move across the floor throughout the day with more interesting designs which can bring the interior to life!

Roof Lanterns

In contrast, roof lanterns are usually created with standard dimensions to choose from. Whilst they offer less light when compared to roof lights, the frames themselves can offer an interesting effect as light is broken up and can be reflected off them. They are often a great choice for rooms which are already quite well-lit with large windows or doors, and where you might be looking for a more architectural feature and for something a bit different.

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