A well-lit room could definitely brighten your mood and lifts your attitude. Natural lighting has the ability to alter the room atmosphere, making a dull room come to life and transforms it into a healthy living area. A room using natural lights reflects brightness and warmth.
The use of natural lighting generally improve sales and helps students learn more quickly. Furthermore, natural lighting considerably lowers the use of energy and reduces the monthly electricity bills. Natural lighting does not only help people but protects nature as well. It has a positive effect not just on a home but the people living in it.
Below are several ways of brightening your home with the use of natural lights:
Skylights are main sources of natural lighting. Various types of glass such as mosaic, stained or colored may be used to add color and atmosphere. Skylights are mostly used on open areas and single bungalows. They need regular maintenance. If you want to brighten up a room that has an attic above it, try to consider using tubular skylights that collect light through a clear window. Depending on the size of tubular skylights, one tube can light a 100 to 600 square foot room.
Make sure to install windows in areas where they bring in most light. Get the best sunshine all through the day with south-facing windows. Try to install clerestory windows, which are high and allow lights to penetrate deep in a room. Make it a point to get the right type of window for your climate. The number of panels, insulation and solar gain can affect the amount of heat and light that the windows allow in.
Maximize natural lighting using reflective surfaces. White ceilings and pale color walls could make a room look brighter and more spacious. White windowsills also help in reflecting light to a room. Don’t forget that well-placed windows also reflect more light in a room.
Because you would naturally need artificial lighting at night, consider using chandeliers with reflective crystals that reflect and diffuse light at nighttime.
Window coverings, shades and curtains also help in controlling the amount of natural light coming in. If the room is north facing, it generally brings in cold light. Therefore, using warm colors such as orange, red or yellow in your décor aids in balancing the coolness of light.
Natural lighting finds its place in almost all corners in a room. It comes through openings such as windows and doorways. If there is ample light coming in a room, directing it in the right direction amply lights a room at daytime, thus lowering the need for artificial lighting.
The farthest distance of a light from windows should not exceed 26 feet or else it might not be able to penetrate or falter. Morning light best comes from the east while west-facing rooms can make use of evening light.
Making use of natural lighting is both economical and energy-efficient. Flexible tunnels are best used in smaller areas to help light pass. This is more efficient in hallways, entry areas, inner bathrooms, closets and kitchen where vertical light cannot reach directly.
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