Seeing through Solar Screen material at night.

Can you see through the solar screen fabric at night?

You can see through the solar screen fabric at night when looking from outside inward through the window. The solar screen fabric offers incredible daytime privacy, just not evening (night time) privacy.

Here’s a great photo that shows daytime privacy for both of the 80% and 90% solar shade fabrics.

Showing daytime privacy for both the 80% and 90% solar shade screen fabrics.
Showing daytime privacy for both the 80% and 90% solar shade screen fabrics.

You can partially see through the 80% solar shade fabric. You can see about 1 foot past the fabric, but not any farther than that. As you can see by using the 90% solar screen fabric you can not see past it at all during the day.

How well can you see inside the home with solar screens?
This is another great picture to show how well can you see inside the home with the solar screens?

For optimal daytime privacy, the 90% solar fabric is your best bet. Never the less, you still get an enormous amount of daytime privacy using the 80% fabric.

How well can you see through the solar screen fabric at night?

It’s kind of like switching the roles from during the day. During the day you can see out very well, as it it well lit outside and generally darker on the inside. At night, it is well lit within the home, but dark outside, so because of this your eyes can see past the fabric.

Here’s a picture showing this.

80% vs 90% solar shade privacy comparison at night.
The left half of this window is shaded with a 80% solar screen and the right half is shaded with a 90% solar screen.

This window has two solar screens installed on it, an 80% for the left half and the 90% for the right half. This picture was taken about 10′ from the window. See how well you can see through the shade fabric at night while looking in. We get asked all the time if the homeowner can use the solar screens in place of window blinds and as you can see here, the answer is no. You do not get evening privacy with the solar screens.

How about if we use the densest solar shade fabric out there, the 99% solar shade fabric, will that give us evening privacy?

Even with the densest 99% fabric, you will not get evening privacy. Using the 99% solar shade fabric will not give you evening privacy. Even with the 99% fabric, and you only being able to see through 1% of the fabric, you can still see through it at night.

Here are some pictures illustrating how well you can see through the 99% solar screen fabric at night from looking out to inside.

This is what it it will look like looking through the densest 99% fabric out there when it is light outside and the lights are turned on inside.  Simulating during the day with the lights on inside.
This is what it it will look like looking through the densest 99% fabric out there when it is light outside and the lights are turned on inside. Simulating during the day with the lights on inside.

You can not use solar screen shade fabric for night time / evening privacy. Even with the densest of solar fabrics, the 99% dense fabric, you can still see through the fabric at night.

Showing how you can see through even the densest and darkest of solar fabrics, the 99% fabric.  This picture simulates the lights turned on inside and it being dark outside.
Showing how you can see through even the densest and darkest of solar fabrics, the 99% fabric. This picture simulates the lights turned on inside and it being dark outside.

As you can see by this picture, you can see through the darker fabric better than the lighter, but never less you can still see through both. Proving that no matter what color or level of density, you can still see through solar screen fabrics at night when it is dark outside.

Can I use your 97% roller shades for patio privacy?

I want privacy for my patio, will your exterior patio roller shades provide me with this privacy I am looking for?

During the day, absolutely you will get an immense amount of privacy from our 97% roller shades. See the below picture to see how much privacy to expect. You can’t see into the patio at all during the day.

Looking into an outdoor patio roller  shade at night with the 97% fabric.
This is a great picture showing you the level of daytime privacy you can expect from my 97% roller shades.
To see many more pictures, please go to these pages.
Exterior patio roller shades Pictures Pg 1,
Outdoor sun shade screens for patios, Pictures Pg 2.
Looking into an outdoor patio roller shade at night with the 97% fabric.

If you did not have the lights on behind the solar shades, you could get good evening privacy. The brighter it is on the patio, the less privacy you get.

Picture taken on the patio, behind the roller shade screens.
Picture taken on the patio, behind the roller shade screens.

These pictures did not turn out all that well, but they can give you an idea of what to expect from using the solar shades at night.

Closeup showing looking through the 97% solar fabric at night.
Closeup showing looking through the 97% solar fabric at night.




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