Natural light coming from windows and doors is a great source for general lighting and task lighting. The strategic placement of windows can reduce the need for artificial lighting during daylight hours, although the position of the home and local climate must be taken into account. In general, south facing windows offer the best opportunity for maximum light in the home year around. Artificial lighting accounts for 10 percent of the home’s electrical consumption on average. Using windows for natural light decreases the reliance on energy to run light fixtures. Pattern or “obscure glass” options allow enjoyment of natural light while offering privacy. A typical obscure glass application would be a bathroom or shower.
Benefits of Natural Light
Exposure to daylight has direct physical and mental health benefits. The human body uses sunlight to prevent disease, regulate sleep and to provide mental awareness of the time of day.
During cold weather, natural light helps combat against winter blues. Studies have shown that individuals exposed to reduced amounts of natural lighting suffer more symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder than those with greater access to natural lighting.
Natural light helps us feel more connected to outdoors and the natural world. An increasingly popular trend amongst homeowners is choosing covered backyards and expanding living spaces for indoor-outdoor living. The large panels of sliding doors facilitate Integration of indoor-outdoor living space to increase daylight indoors and open up to beautiful views.