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Understanding Window Lighting

Milgard understands the importance of light and considers the best ways windows can let light into your home.

Window Lighting

Natural light 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 must be taken into account. 

Artificial lighting accounts for 10 percent of the home’s electrical consumption on average. Using replacement windows for natural light decreases the reliance on energy. Pattern or “obscure glass” options allow natural light while offering privacy for a bathroom or shower application.

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. 

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. Large panels of glass can help by increasing the amount of daylight indoors., allowing the space to feel more open and to take advantage of beautiful views.