When you are developing a lighting design for spaces that have windows, sky lights, or other natural light, you are granted an opportunity to do two things: save more energy and improve the health of the space.
The impact of incorporating natural light in indoor lighting design is instantly reflected in improved efficiency of your system. That is, when you compare the efficiency of the new plan to the baseline of the building. The GSA recommends the use of natural light in commercial spaces as an effective way to reduce lighting costs, which make up approximately 20% of energy costs in commercial buildings.
We intuitively understand the benefits of natural light palatable in our daily lives. The light of sun makes us feel better, seeing light outside our windows helps us better understand the passing of time, (Wonder why casinos in Vegas have no windows?) and natural light is crucial to regulating our circadian rhythms that help us sleep better at night and feel better all day. And contrary to the idea that windows are costly distractions, studies indicate that great lighting can actually improve productivity in the work place.
So, your outcome when taking advantage of natural light is an aesthetically pleasing, energy efficient, and cost-effective lighting solution.
There are, however, some challenges to designing and incorporating natural light. For example, glare from the outside (windshields and windows) can be a problem. And if natural changes are not balanced with technology, your lighting may be unnecessarily bright on a sunny day, or not bright enough under an overcast sky.
So, how can you design a lighting plan that incorporates natural lighting without over lighting, under lighting, or glare? You can utilize newer technology like daylight sensors, lighting control integration, energy efficient windows, and other new offerings.
The lighting industry has changed dramatically over recent years with new and improved products becoming more affordable and readily available. eMatters, stays ahead of these innovations and implements them through to final commissioning.
Add comfort, ease of maintenance, and lowered operating costs to the mix and the big picture starts to unfold. Lighting is an important part of our lives and it’s our responsibility to ensure that our days are bright and sustainable.