September 10, 2013 by Arlen Schweiger
We’ve seen velvety black panels used as masking implements with home theater projection screens to shift aspect ratios for different TV and movie viewing before. The blackout panels from Indow Windows can also help your home theater viewing experience, but in a bit of a different way.
These panels are inserted in front of a room’s windows to prevent any light from entering ... an interesting alternative to other window treatments, including motorized shades (which can often be ordered to include a blackout fabric layer, but may still yield some light leakage around the edges).
The Indow Windows products are a unique way to block out light to enhance your projection or flat-panel display viewing, plus there’s an acoustic grade version available as well that the company says better soundproofs your media room, too (Indow Windows cites independent testing done by Portland State University’s Green Building Research Lab finding that noise transference through a single-pane window drops by 18.9dB).
Indow Windows’ inserts are made from an acrylic glaze and don’t require hardware to mount them in front of a window. Instead, they use a compression tube edging that’s custom fit to your window openings after a dealer comes to your home and does the measuring with the company’s proprietary laser system. Indow Windows says the product will perfectly fit older, out-of-square windows, too, and that the lightweight inserts are (of course) removable.
“The window’s exact shape is measured but the inserts are made a little bit bigger so that when the Indow Window is pressed into place our patented compression tube squeezes down all around the outside of the insert,” explains Indow Windows’ Carrie Sturrock. “The spring force from the compression tube holds the Indow Window in place and seals out the drafts and noise.”
The standard compression tube edging is available in brown, warm white and black. Pricing varies depending on the size of the window, but typically starts from $100 per window.
Here’s a video from the company with more on how they install and work:
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