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Anyone know about door windows?

  1. Isabella Snow profile image89
    Isabella Snowposted 9 years ago

    This is completely non-hub related, but since so many of you seem to be DIY experts, I thought I'd ask..

    Is there a special name for the windows you see on front doors?

    In particular, the kind that are protractor-shaped and take up maybe the top 25% of the door..

    Are they just regular old windows, or do they have a special name?

    Any info appreciated, thanks.

    Isa

  2. Marye Audet profile image93
    Marye Audetposted 9 years ago

    Isabella, as far as I know they are called fanlights, fan windows, sunbursts, and, when referring a transom over the door, circle topped transom.  Generally speaking they are called fanlights when put in doors, but the other labels also are used regualrly. Hope htis helps.

  3. jimmythejock profile image82
    jimmythejockposted 9 years ago

    not sure if this is what you are looking for isabella but the names of the door styles are on this page
    http://www.pella.com/products/entrydoor … try/styles

    the one i think you are reffering to is called a fan light.....jimmy

  4. Isabella Snow profile image89
    Isabella Snowposted 9 years ago

    Marye and Jimmy - Thanks for that! Its a good thing I asked, cos while the fanlight is exactly what I was describing, I just realized it's too high up.

    Do you know if theres a name for door windows like those in this link?

    http://www.hometec.co.uk/images/white_front_door.jpg

    The ones on the sides, and the one in the center.. do they have specific names? Side lights??

    And thanks a bunch! smile

  5. jimmythejock profile image82
    jimmythejockposted 9 years ago

    the ones at the side are called side lights,well guessed lol,  and the middle of the door ones are called the transom.....jimmy

  6. Isabella Snow profile image89
    Isabella Snowposted 9 years ago

    Ok, cool, thank you! Would you need to say "transom window" or is transom the complete term?

  7. jimmythejock profile image82
    jimmythejockposted 9 years ago

    you could use both, "I am looking for a door with a transom window"
    or  when you have found the door "I would like a centred oval transom"
    GOOD LUCK.......Jimmy

  8. Jerrico Usher profile image61
    Jerrico Usherposted 9 years ago

    I wasnt sure myself but a few google searches (ok this was not an easy one to find) returned some ideas to help you.

    the term "eyebrow windows" seems to bring the best results in google (derived from several sites that called that style of window eyebrow window). but I found a better term "Half Fan" window due to its contemporary design looking like a fan but having slits to give it that several partition look of a real fan (the hand fan we make from paper in school etc..).

    the question is what do you want in the look? just the half moon with no partitions or the old bewitched front door look (the 25% half fan segmented into three reverse triangles with a curve at the top and a point at the base like this cruel representation:  \I/

    direct quote from site: Front Door with Half Fan Window @ Top           $75

    to show you how they used the term loosely (and described the door your talking about).

    another term used:  eyebrow window

    possibly relevant: definition

    EYEBROW WINDOW: Today, used to identify certain arch-topped or radius-topped windows that have a curved top like the shape of a human eyebrow.

    and after escruciating searches I found what I think is the term for that kind of window:

    Fanlight or Fan Window -- a half round window that looks like a lady's fan opened up. Usually  over the front door or a window.

    I remember seeing this door in the show bewitched so I found someones description of the door:

    Continuity: In more than one episode the Steven's front door changes. In some shots the door is solid paneled but in other shots the door has a half circle window at the top. It seems the window usually appears in close up shots of people talking. the Bewitched front door that was green with a semicircular, 4-pane window on top.

    6 fielded panels and semi-circular radial fanlight

    I put these all here to assist in your search for the name (keywords) of that door..

    Hope this helps you.

  9. Isabella Snow profile image89
    Isabella Snowposted 9 years ago

    Thanks but in my second comment I said I realized this type of window (fanlight) is too high up for what I need. I decided to go with the transom, and just wanted to know if transom is the complete term, or if it should read transom window.

    1. Jerrico Usher profile image61
      Jerrico Usherposted 9 years ago in reply to this

      just say transom type window and they'll know what you mean smile

  10. Marye Audet profile image93
    Marye Audetposted 9 years ago

    Those are NOT eyebrow windows.

    Eyebrow windows were a late victorian/ early arts and crafts style window that was arched and molded so did not lie flat on the face of the house.  They are very unique and somewhat unusual.
    This is a good picture of an eyebrow window:
    http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl= … l%26sa%3DN
    A transom always describes a window that sets over a doorway. All transoms are windows but not all windows are transoms. You can easily just say transom.
    fanlight:

    http://fotofacade.blogspot.com/2005/10/ … ights.html

    half circle transom

    http://www.fairgreenco.com/stained%20gl … panels.jpg

    1. Jerrico Usher profile image61
      Jerrico Usherposted 9 years ago in reply to this

      I was going off of what I read, just trying to help, I have never tried to quantify what those windows were so it sounded good to me lol..

  11. Isabella Snow profile image89
    Isabella Snowposted 9 years ago

    Marye do you know what you call the windows here?

    http://www.hometec.co.uk/images/white_front_door.jpg

    Are they just called side lights or side light windows?

  12. Marye Audet profile image93
    Marye Audetposted 9 years ago

    Three quarter sidelights.

    I am a freak about this stuff...we are restoring a 100 year old house...and I am trying to do it both environmentally friendly AND historically accurate.so...HOURS of research.

    1. Isabella Snow profile image89
      Isabella Snowposted 9 years ago in reply to this

      Well, I'm glad you're a freak! Thank you, this is a big help! smile

    2. darkside profile image80
      darksideposted 9 years ago in reply to this

      It would be great if you could publish a hub on it!

  13. Marye Audet profile image93
    Marye Audetposted 9 years ago

    ou know that is probably a good idea, darkside.I havent doen one on restoration in awhile...

 
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