People love natural light. Subconsciously, unknowingly, we seek out sunlit places and enjoy spending time in natural light. Beyond this desire however, are some tangible benefits to adding natural daylighting into buildings.
Studies have proven daylighting makes employees more comfortable and productive. Reduced absenteeism, employee satisfaction and higher productivity are all bottom line benefits from the use of natural daylighting. An increase of just 1% in productivity provides enough financial savings to a company to pay their entire energy bill.
In fact, our quality of life, to a greater and lesser extent, relates directly to the amount of natural daylight we can access and enjoy.
However, traditional daylighting techniques bring a whole set of unavoidable issues to building designers. Managing glare, solar heat gain and heat loss through glazing have been the biggest problems when attempting to fully exploit daylight in commercial buildings, healthcare and educational facilities around the world.
Solarspot Tubular Daylighting Systems (TDS) can go a long way to solving these problems. Solarspot systems create a diffused source of natural light, evenly illuminating surfaces in all directions. In addition, solar heat gain or loss is virtually eliminated, enabling internal environments to maintain desired comfort levels with significantly reduced cooling and heating energy requirements.
Reducing dependency on artificial lighting also reduces the amount of flicker – the very rapid fluctuations in light levels that can occur in electric lighting due to the alternating electrical current. Flicker is responsible for a multitude of health problems, including headaches, eye strain and attention deficit problems. The advantage with daylight is it does not flicker.
Flicker, however, is not the major cause of eye-strain for the modern office worker staved of natural light. The eye is a muscle. And just like any other muscle in our bodies, if held in the same position for a prolonged period of time, it soon gets fatigued. Work spaces lit entirely artificially are subject to light that is constant, ensuring that the muscles in the eye are held in the same position for potentially hours on end. This is totally the opposed to the conditions that our eyes have adapted to work within.
In a day lit environment the levels of light are constantly changing, if only subtly. And every time the light changes, the eye makes an adjustment – exercising the muscles and preventing eye-strain and fatigue. The addition of Solarspot TDS to any work space can dramatically reduce fatigue and eye-strain; significantly improve performance, concentration and productivity.
Find out how Solarspot Daylighting Systems can dramatically improve your built environment.
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