Natural daylight is one of the most important assets that we have as human beings. Yet, we don’t always make the most out of it. Here at Belle Skylights, we know just how powerful exposure to the sun can be. Whether you’re at school, work, or at home cooking in the kitchen, it can lift your spirits, boost your performance, and help you stay focused.
Over the years, thousands of studies have focused on our relationship with natural daylight. Many have explored ways in which we can welcome more daylight into our lives and homes, while also keeping them safe and protected from the elements. One of the most popular methods is the installation of skylights, as they open up the house to light from above.
To help you better understand why Solatube Skylights are such a great investment, we’ve put together this guide to the importance of natural light.
Health and Wellness
We’re used to thinking of Seasonal Affective Disorder as a condition that affects people in the winter and that it’s only really an issue in countries where it rains a lot and the days are shorter. While this is true to some extent, the reality is that SAD can affect anybody who isn’t exposed to a healthy amount of natural daylight throughout the week. If your home is very dark, for example, because you haven’t got many windows, it is a good idea to invest in a Solatube device that can direct light into the interior environment.
Productivity and Concentration
A lack of natural daylight is not just bad for the emotions, it can have a negative impact on concentration and focus as well. According to research, people in bright workplaces and homes with lots of broad, expansive windows get more done and perform at a higher level. This is because their eyes aren’t as strained, they’re getting lots of vitamin D from the sun, and their brain is processing the light, cheery atmosphere as an indication that it is time to be active and energetic. On the other hand, a dimly lit environment tells the brain that it is time to unwind and prepare for sleep.
A More Efficient Sleep Cycle
Speaking of sleep, it is really important that the brain is allowed to progress through the natural fluctuations of light. In other words, it makes judgements about what it needs to do according to the hour of the day. If you constantly spend the brightest part of the afternoon in darkness, it’ll assume that maximum efficiency is not needed and work at a slower pace. When it comes time for bed, it won’t have been naturally worn out as it should and you’ll suffer restless nights and an inconsistent sleep cycle.
Why Solatube Skylights Can Solve All of Your Daylight Woes
You might be thinking ‘That’s all good and well, but ‘I don’t have the money or the resources to install a skylight.’ That’s where we come in. Solatube Skylights are not like the conventional, broad windows that are usually placed in attics. They are made up of a reflective tube, which begins at the light source (in the roof or on a side wall, for example) and directs the natural daylight through the building and into a room of your choice.
This means that, even if the room doesn’t have windows, it can still enjoy natural daylight, which is rather groundbreaking. Head over to our customer gallery to check out the difference that Solatube Skylights have made to homes and businesses of all shapes and sizes.