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Definition Of DuoLite Roller Shades

Before we discuss the specifics of the DuoLite Roller Shades, we need to make sure we understand what this phrase means. According to Hunter Douglas, the term “DuoLite” means:


The Duolite®  design option offers maximum light control by using two separate fabric panels of differing opacities in a single shade. The shades can be configured in a variety of open and closed positions providing numerous view-through and privacy options.

Available with a selection of products in a range of manual and motorized operating systems.”

One of the products that offers the DuoLite feature is the Hunter Douglas Designer Roller Shades. Please watch the video below to see it in action.

The video shows it in action in the only way it is currently available; in the Hunter Douglas PowerView motorized option. You can see the way it works via the automated version too using the PowerView app.

DuoLite Roller Shades

I just mentioned one of them, that they are only available in the motorized version. But you need to understand too that they only operate in one set of directions. As follows:

  • The front sheer or translucent shade comes all the way to the bottom. Then the back roller drops to the bottom as well. Then the back roller rolls all the way up enabling the front shade to lift as well.
  • Length of the drop is critical to be accurate. With DuoLite Roller Shades there is NO ABILITY to adjust the low point. It has to be ordered accurately and the window treatment expert that you use needs to take that very seriously. Almost all other products can be adjusted for the low point, but this one can not.

The ONLY headrail configuration available is for the large square cassette. This is very important to know if you are trying to match other windows in the house with other roller shades that are not the DuoLite Roller option.

The maximum height available is 84”. Depending on which fabric you use and the width of the window, this height can change dramatically. You will need to get these specifications before you order DuoLite Roller Shades.

One more small thing with the DuoLite Roller Shades is that you need to understand that the normal amount of light will come around the edges of these shades. Due to the mechanisms, roller shades are not the darkest products out there, but they do exactly what they are designed to do. Darkening the room is the key, not making it blackout.

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