Lantern Light | Architectural element of Roof lighting



Before the introduction of plastic and fibre glass as material for rooflights, the majority of rooflights to flat roofs were constructed as lantern lights or deck lights which were framed in timber or steel and covered with glass.

Lantern light
Lantern light

A lantern light is constructed with glazed vertical sides and a hipped or gable-ended glazed roof. The vertical sides of the Lantern light are used as openings for ventilation.

Lantern lights were often used to cover considerable areas, the light being formed with substantial timbers or iron and steel frames in the form of a glazed roof to provide top light to large stairwells and large internal rooms. The traditional lantern light of timber or steel requires frequent or careful maintenance if it is to remain sound and watertight.

Lantern lights have also been used effectively in small factories and large halls where large number of people work together.

Lantern lights have largely been replaced by Dome lights for economy in first cost and freedom from maintenance.

The advantage of lantern light is the facility of ventilation from the opening upstand sides that can be controlled by cord or winding gear from below to suit the occupants of the room or space.

Lantern lights look similar to Dormer Windows…. But Dormer windows are usually constructed along a pitched roof whereas lantern lights are constructed over a flat roof….

Lantern lights on a flat roof
Lantern lights on a flat roof
Dormer windows along a pitched roof
Dormer windows along a pitched roof


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