Have you been thinking about how you could add more light to your space? You might be weighing up the benefits of natural light and why it’s a superior choice to artificial lighting. Let’s talk about it!
Factors That Make Natural Light the Better Option
In recent years, skylight installation in Australian homes has become more popular and it’s very easy to see why. Let’s delve into a few of the most common reasons why a natural light source is better for your home and your health!
1. Energy Savings
One of the top reasons our clients prefer installing skylights is the savings they see on their energy bills. Relying on natural lighting eliminates the need to use power-draining artificial light sources.
Often a dark hallway or laundry room will require several light fixtures to provide adequate lighting. In some instances, these lights might need to be on during the day and night to provide the necessary light. This can be costly! Natural lighting from skylights will eliminate this. Tubular skylights can reach even some of the darkest rooms in your home.
1. Helps Reset the Body’s Circadian Rhythms
Biological rhythms are the 24-hour cycles that regulate your body’s internal clock. These biological rhythms need to function correctly for your body to carry out necessary functions and processes.
Circadian rhythms include the behavioural and physiological rhythms needed for adequate sleeping, day and night syncing and regulating body temperatures. Natural light is essential in keeping these rhythms functioning properly. Light from artificial lighting emits a blue-rich light which interferes with sleep and recovery patterns. Introducing more natural light can therefore help with improving the amount and quality of sleep. And that has many health benefits!
2. Natural Light Provides Superior Colour Rendition
If you’ve ever heard photographers or designers talking about an item looking better in natural lighting, colour rendition is likely what they’re referring to. Simply put, colour rendition allows you to see the items (walls, furniture, ornaments and drapes) in the best light possible. Even if a light bulb or skylight alternative claims to be able to replicate “Daylight Colour”, they are unable to provide the entire spectrum that real daylight can and more often than not have a far lower colour rendition that natural light.
3. Environmentally Friendly
Aside from adding some much-needed natural light to your home and helping you to reduce your energy usage, skylights are also better for the environment. Using artificial lighting indoors can require a considerable number of light bulbs or LEDs to keep your space illuminated. Once these light bulbs eventually need changing, they’re discarded and end up in landfills. With skylights, there’s no need to discard any bulbs or light fittings.
4. Improves Mood
Have you ever noticed you instantly feel better when you go outside? That’s because natural light is the perfect mood enhancer. Exposure to natural light automatically increases your serotonin levels. Which in turn minimises symptoms of anxiety, seasonal depression as well as flu and cold symptoms.
5. Increases Productivity
It’s no secret that employees feel more motivated in a space that’s naturally lit compared to working in an office with overhead lighting. The latter can be harsh on the eyes and result in eye strain and headaches. This is true in your home as well, especially if you have a home office. Instead of adding extra lights to your home office, consider a well-placed skylight.
6. Natural Light Reduces Glare
In a world where the average person spends a considerable amount of time looking at a screen, eye strain is becoming more common. Aside from our smart devices, constant exposure to artificial lights is a huge culprit.
Glare is primarily caused when our eyes consistently move between two contrasting surfaces. This happens when artificial lights create different levels of brightness as they bounce off different objects. Adding a skylight to your space disperses the light more evenly. This in turn reduces the glare that causes eye strain.
How Do You Find the Best Skylight Installer?
If you’re reading this article, then you’ve already found the perfect installer to improve the natural light in your home! The experts at Belle Skylights have been adding natural light to Australian homes for more than 50 years.
Extensive manufacturing facilities mean we can create custom skylights to your home’s exact needs. Our sales team is eagerly waiting to find out how we can make your day a little brighter. Simply call us on 1300 168 374 for a quote!