Let there be light !
A skylight is a transparent or translucent roofing that is built into a roof to allow natural light to illuminate the interior of buildings. Skylights are used to brighten interior spaces with natural light from the sun and it saves owner's money by eliminating the need for electric lighting during the day. Now let’s dig deep into the benefits.
If you want to maximize day light, consider a skylight's position. The skylight's position on the roof can dramatically affect your interior light. Trees, chimneys, and tall structures can wipe out much of the great sunlight you're trying to get. You'll want to have a nice, clear opening around your intended skylight position in order to pull in as much light as possible. Skylights on roofs that face north provide fairly constant but cool illumination. The physical size of the skylight greatly affects the illumination level and temperature of the space below. As a rule of thumb, the skylight size should never be more than 5% of the floor area in rooms with many windows and no more than 15% of the room's total floor area for spaces with few windows.
Increased Visual Appeal
Natural illumination is still the best type of lighting system used in interior design. It can be a challenging, yet rewarding task to successfully incorporate natural light into a structure or building. Daylight provides better aesthetics, better colour, better definition of space, and highlights architectural details.
Save on Electricity Bills
Skylights as mentioned above are an excellent natural source of light and a viable alternative to electric energy for homes and the workplace. By using sunlight to supplement your existing lighting, you can save on electricity bills and promote environmentally-friendly sources of energy. High quality, energy efficient skylights are an important part of building today’s green homes.
With homes being built closer to one another and the balance of providing sufficient natural light and privacy has become an issue, skylights provide an excellent solution for this. That’s why home buyers have started to request light from above through skylights in their bathrooms and bedrooms, where privacy and light is of the utmost importance.
Healthy Dose of Vitamin D
Ample amounts of sunlight can prevent vitamin D and B1 deficiencies. Ever thought of that? Remember, solar energy reduces our reliance on electric power and minimizes toxic emissions produced through conventional energy production. By adopting alternative lighting sources, you will promote the use of solar energy in your area. Before selecting a skylight for your project, determine what type of skylight will work best and where to place it to optimize its contribution to your building’s day lighting.