Look above your head in many of today’s commercial buildings and you are likely to see glazing, at any angle between vertical and horizontal, but completely beyond your reach. There’s also a good chance you will see a KUROTM or HELIOSTM rooflight blind, installed by one of Umbra’s distributors.
High-level windows, rooflights, north lights, atria, etc. bring natural light flooding into buildings to reduce dependence on artificial lighting. This not only brings significant energy and cost savings, but creates beautiful environments that lift wellbeing and enhance aesthetics. However, ‘light’ can also mean ‘glare’ and ‘heat’. This needs to be managed with a dynamic shading system to maintain a safe and pleasant environment, whatever the weather.
By definition, these rooflight blinds are required to operate at any angle, often pulling from the bottom up, often covering large areas and almost always out of reach. By definition these are blinds that go above & beyond in every sense!
Umbra has developed special rooflight blind solutions, perfect for shading or darkening as required.
KUROTM RL is our blackout version, complete with double headbox and side channels. Combined with a blackout fabric, KUROTM RL will block out virtually all light for room darkening purposes.
HELIOSTM RL consists of a fixing profile and fascia section at each end of the blind, but does not have side channels. This is usually used with a sunscreen or translucent fabric for shading purposes. At the heart of our rooflight system are the specially made Constant Tension Spring (CTS) units. Unlike the traditional spring roller, which increases and decreases its tension as it winds and unwinds, the superbly engineered CTS units maintain consistent powerful tension at every point of travel.
Both the KUROTM and HELIOSTM RL variants can be manually operated via gear and crank-handle (subject to size limitations) or operated by electric motor. Motorisation provides a multitude of control options, from hardwired switch, to radio remote control, group controls, automation via sun or heat sensors, or full integration with BMS software.