I really like these shades -I brought three for a wide window. Lights filters through and that was exactly what I wanted, since I don't need to open the shades to see outside! My vehicle is park right infront of my windows, so I can see if there is any "activities" happening around it. Yet view from the outside is dark into my apartment- I can see out, no one can see in! I love it. Great quality, but handle with care for a long lasting life. Good buy. Thanks Overstock!