Parsons Joinery, Ringmer

A roof lantern in the traditional terms is defined as a rooftop architectural structure that allows light into the building. Some refer to roof lanterns as skylights, which while it is possible to consider them as such, the reverse cannot be applied as skylights on their own are not roof lanterns.

Roof lanterns can commonly be seen as part of the structure of conservatories and orangeries in modern architecture although they are more often integrated into modern design, especially in large homes where the centre of the house suffers from a lack of natural light.

The core function of roof lanterns is to provide natural light where it would be otherwise hard to integrate into a building and historically this has been the reasoning behind their construction. Roof lanterns, however, have other benefits quite frequently not thought about especially currently where we take the structure of our homes for granted.


Entry of Light

Light is the foremost reason for including a roof lantern; particularly its ability to provide light to an otherwise dark interior. The knock-on effect of this is, of course, the health and wellbeing of the occupants of the property as they enjoy more light, the less likely they are to suffer from issues such as seasonal affective disorder, or depression.


Financial Efficiency

When roof lanterns are strategically installed, the light that comes into the building will save on electricity bills particularly when the summer months are long. The roof lantern will most likely pay for itself long before its use by date.



In large built up urban areas where homes are built close together, and privacy is at a premium, often windows need to be covered to maintain that privacy. Roof lanterns contribute substantially to a sense of privacy, enabling the occupants of a room or a house to enjoy warm sunlight streaming into their home or office without compromising on their privacy.



Roof lanterns usually have one or two panels that will open much like a window, enabling proper ventilation of a room. Coming from above, this means that fumes off the street are not being blown straight into the home.

Because some panels are hinged this also makes access to the overall structure easier.

A well designed and built roof lantern will benefit the health of the occupants, increase the value of the home, create spectacular night views of the night sky and offer access to the roof as well as privacy.

Discussing the design and the function of a roof lantern for your own home with an experienced designer or carpenter may well be the best home improvement decision you make. If you want to improve your home with light, energy efficiency and aesthetics, then get in touch with the team at Parsons Joinery who will help you to transform your home.


Ring the team on 01273 814870 and discuss your roof lantern requirements.