20 Jul 5 Ways to bring light in to your home
Natural light is a very important matter. For one thing a home that feels light and airy brings a sense of tranquility in to a living space, and secondly from a buyers perspective a home that is filled with natural light will be seen as more desirable.
So here are our 5 top tips on how to bring light in to your home.
One of the reasons many older properties have tiny windows is due to the fact that single glazed windows let the heat out and the cold in. Fortunately with so many advances in Glazing Technology, more windows do not mean increased heating costs.
Skylights or roof lights are a great way to bring extra light in to an area which otherwise feels a bit dark. Even if it’s grey outside, roof lights allow your home to still be bathed in natural light. If a roof light is what you’re looking for there are so many options out there, from flat roof systems to atriums and the more traditional light shafts from a standard roof light. On those dark, cold rainy days you can look up through your new roofing system and feel warm and cosy in your new brighter living space.
Solar Sun Tunnels
Do you have rooms in your home with no outside walls? Most of us do, whether it’s a downstairs toilet or hallway. Sun Tunnels are a great way to pipe light through in to these areas. How do they work? A Sun Tunnel is basically a tube which is glazed at both ends, with reflective internal surfaces. The light enters the tube at the roof level. The tube ends in the ceiling of your internal room. If the tube comes straight through from the roof in to your internal room, the light will be the strongest. If you do need to bend the tube to route the Sun Tunnel in to position, the light will not be as strong, but due to the reflective surface the light will still make it to the end of the Tunnel.
The benefits of solar tunnels are that they are cheaper than roof lights, better insulated than skylights or windows, more secure than standard windows and roof lights and they are of course more energy efficient than electric lighting.
Although this is an obvious one, it is still remarkable how much difference a mirror can make to a room. So before you skip this section, remember a couple of important points when using mirrors to improve the light in your room!
Place your mirrors adjacent to or opposite your windows. If the mirror is adjacent to the window, it will mimic the window, making the room seem like it has more windows in the wall than it really does. When placed opposite, the mirror will reflect light and views from the window.
Admittedly this can be an expensive option, but it is also extremely effective. Using glass floors/ceilings and wall panels can allow light in to spaces such as basements or dark corridors. If you do decide to opt for a glass ceiling/floor remember that the glass needs to be fire rated but not necessarily structural.
Although this is not the cheapest option it can tick the box of adding design features whilst gaining natural light. Two birds, one designer stone.
Keep it clean
If you struggle for motivation to keep your house clean, this one might help. Keeping reflective surfaces such as worktops, bulbs and windows clean is guaranteed to increase the levels of natural light. After all it will allow the light you do have to shine the brightest. It does sound a bit Mary Poppins and admittedly it’s probably the least exciting option but it is the simplest and can make a significant difference.
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