What is a fanlight?

Traditionally, fanlights are small windows above doors, usually semi-circular, elliptical or rectangular. They were originally an architectural device to bring natural light into an entrance hall. They are sometimes called transom windows after the horizontal beam or bar separating the door from the window above it.

Fanlights peaked in popularity during the 18th century. Often highly decorative and ornate, they created a focal point for a home’s façade and are a cornerstone of Georgian architecture.

Nowadays, homeowners still appreciate the aesthetic and practical benefits of fanlights above their doors and windows.

Fanlights above doors

Fanlights can be designed and made to suit your requirements, and the look you want to achieve.

Above doors, fanlights increase natural light into entrance hallways and rooms, and, because of their height, they still give sense of privacy.

As well as the benefits of light, they also add a unique style to a home’s frontage – both from the interior and exterior perspectives. As well as entry doors, they can also be a practical addition over garage doors.

Fanlights above windows

Window fanlights are a smaller top opening within the window unit. They are hinged to a transom – the horizontal section that separates the glazing panes.

The limited opening feature of fanlight windows enable effective ventilation of interior spaces – they allow in natural light and a comfortable amount of air – without compromising on security.

Fanlights are suitable for use in PVCutimber,  and aluminium window systems.