Applications for daylight systems
Intelligent building and refurbishment programmes incorporating modern tubular daylighting systems such as Solarspot®, could dramatically reduce the daytime power usage of UK business and industry. Industrial premises are ideal candidates for natural lighting solutions. For example, in a single story, metal-clad construction with no windows and rows of sodium or metal-halide lighting, the energy used for lighting would typically account for around 70-80% of the total power requirement for the building. If these lights can be turned off during daylight hours, the reduction in emissions and corresponding costs savings would be considerable.
As well as a site-wide electricity reduction many companies who have incorporated daylighting systems also reported that the employees responded positively to working under natural light. In fact, many studies have proven that there is a link between daylight and improved productivity and reduced absenteeism.