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Are You Living in a Cave?

March 22nd, 2016

Many of our customers come to us because they don’t want to use their electric lights when they could be getting the benefit of natural light during the daytime. They are sick of living in a cave!

 

Natural Sun Light Is The Best Natural Light

It’s a relatively simple concept to add natural light to an area. We need to capture natural light (daylight) at the roof level and then transmit the natural light down to the ceiling.  To achieve this with a Conventional Skylight or a Tubular Daylighting Device, we make a penetration in the roof and the ceiling. We then install something onto the roof (a top structure), a duct to connect the roof to the ceiling, and then we install something at the ceiling level to diffuse the natural light. Each component has its own special technology to maximise the amount of light and minimise the amount of heat transferred from the roof to the ceiling.

The key to selecting the right natural light product for you is to decide what features are important –

• Do you want something to be a feature or in the background?

• What size area do you wish to light up with natural light?

• What activity are you likely to be using the natural light for? Is it just to “lift” or brighten an area you walk through or do you want to be able to read under the natural lighting?

• Where will the natural lighting be coming from on the roof? For example, is the roof oriented north, south, east, or west? This will affect the quality of the natural light that will be captured.

• How far does the natural lighting have to travel from roof to ceiling? This will have an im-pact of what size skylight you select and what type of duct will work best for your situation.

• What is your budget? Basic, good quality skylights start from about $400 for a kit and range up from there depending on what additional features you require and how big you want it.

• Do you want to be able to dim the natural lighting?

• Do you want ventilation as well as natural light from the unit?

• Do you have to meet any statutory requirements? For example, energy ratings, bush fire ratings, natural light and ventilation requirements of the Building Code.

When you have an answer to these questions, you are ready to start narrowing down which natural light product is going to best meet your natural lighting needs. If you are located in the Perth metropolitan area we are happy to come out to your home or business premises to provide you with advice on which of our natural lighting products will best meet your needs and a written quote for supply and installation. Please contact us on 9493 1826 or email us to arrange an appointment.

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A dark hallway with no natural light. Roof and ceiling penetrations prior

to installation of the skylight.

A tubular daylighting device – a

Solabright Maxlight (photo taken 7am).