After installing, its not nearly as bright or hot in these rooms. Hoping they will help reduce our A/C bill. If you need blackout curtains for night-shift workers, you may want to pass on these. A lot of light still comes through the tops and through the grommet holes, so don't count on these curtains completely blocking out all light. Also, light peeks through the sides and where the curtains meet. Be sure to place in dryer for at least 20 minutes. One set I only put in the dryer for a few minutes and the creases did not come out (and still have not come out after hanging for 2 weeks). The other set I put in for about 20 minutes and the creases are gone. We ordered the beige and it is true to the site's color. We love them so much we ordered two more sets for other rooms!