Discover Five Strategies Behind Daylighting
Want to see how you can design with daylight in spaces that were once considered impossible? Here are five strategies you can incorporate into your building design to maximize the benefits of daylighting with Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs). Check out these amazing projects where architects have used Solatube Daylighting Systems with brilliant results. These designers have creatively added daylight to building spaces, used daylight to highlight beautiful colors and architectural designs in an office building, and used TDDs from supplemental to complete off-set lighting designs.
Focus on High Impact Areas
Ensuring that daylight reaches the highest impact areas is important in building design. It has not only financial benefits (reduced electrical costs), but also health and wellness benefits for those who occupy the space for long periods of time. Think of the impact that daylighting has on an office space or classroom with large groups of employees or students. More people + more daylight = Most Efficient. And since Solatube TDDs offer a wide variety of flexibilty from 90° turns to 50′ extension tubes, just about anything is possible
Consider TDDs for Supplemental or Off-Set Lighting Options
Natural light is one of the most abundant natural elements we have to work with. So why not make the most of it and do amazing things with it? Daylighting is a beautiful solution to lighting a space, but we realize there are times when you need to make a choice: use supplemental or off-setting lighting? Solatube Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs) offer a variety of options, whether you have a limited budget, complicated plenum space, or challenging energy codes to meet. We are the daylighting experts who can help you determine the best plans to achieve your design goals.
Photo: Academies of Loudon
Credit: Stantec Architecture
Design Around Improving Employee Morale
If you had the choice between working in a room lit by natural light, or one lit by artificial light, which would you choose? Most of us would prefer the former. Artificial light can’t come close to replicating the quality of natural light and its positive impact on us. Scientists at the Lighting Research Center (LRC), in Troy, N.Y., have reported that daylit environments increase occupant productivity and comfort. It also provides the mental and visual stimulation necessary to regulate human circadian rhythms and the production of neural transmitters, such as serotonin which helps people feel more energized, happy and well-rested. Work spaces designed to deliver natural light? Brilliant!
Utilize Increased Daylight to Improve Learning in Schools
It’s been proven that access to daylight is an important element in the learning environment. When designing new schools or remodeling old ones, introducing adequate daylighting can often be challenging.
With Solatube TDDs, daylight can reach places never thought possible in both new and retrofit applications. Our TDDs provide a solution for improving an educational environment, and does more than simply brighten up a space. Studies have shown that properly daylit spaces improve concentration, reduce behavioral issues and foster greater student achievement. Properly daylit spaces also contribute to lower absenteeism and higher employee retention.
Apply Daylighting to Improve Color Rendition
Using natural light is one of the best ways to highlight an architectural design. Whether it’s in a museum showcasing historical pieces, using it to complement a biophilic green wall, or to highlight a colorful structure in an office environment, daylighting is the perfect way to help improve color rendition. Not all TDDs are created equal, though. Tube lining materials can shift the color of natural light. Be sure to use higher color rendition indices for best color rendering. Solatube’s Spectralight® Infinity not only provides a color rendition index (CRI) of 100, but also eliminates unwanted infrared wavelengths of light. Therefore, you get complete color purity without the heat.
Do you have a project and would like to learn more about the benefits of daylighting? We can help find solutions by incorporating daylighting into your projects, from spec writing to daylight modeling to a simple consultation. Call 888.SOLATUBE to set up a free consultation or visit Solatube.com to find your local distributor.