Set high in the Hill Country of San Antonio, this residence is an outstanding example of modern, open-air design, with spacious rooms, exquisite furnishings, and panoramic views through huge glass windows. The design fulfilled the owner’s true desire to bring the “outside in.” However, the breathtaking views and openness brought by the glass expanse came with a price: the sunlight brought ultraviolet, heat and glare. Driven by discomfort, soaring air conditioning bills, and fear of faded furnishings, the homeowners looked for a solution and found one at a local home show where they first learned of solar control window film.


At their request, the area Vista™ by LLumar® dealer paid a visit to the home to make an analysis and recommend a solution. He pointed out that the sun’s ultraviolet rays were principally responsible for the fading of interior fabric, furnishings, carpet, and wood. Excessive sunlight was obviously also responsible for glare, heat, and wasted energy associated with glass windows. Furthermore ultraviolet rays have also been associated by the medical community with photo-aging and some skin cancers, including melanoma. The answer to all these problem was the installation of Vista™ by LLumar® (formerly UVShield®) SpectraSelect.


Over 1000 square feet of solar control window film was installed. This virtually invisible film reduces glare and reflectivity while letting in just the right amount of daylight to bring the interior into bright focus without impairing views. Vista SpectraSelect blocks more than 99 percent of ultraviolet rays, helping protect against premature fading.* The couple now enjoys their home and views fully, comforted by the knowledge that their furnishings are protected from fading, and their air-conditioning bills will be reduced.