Natural light is always preferable to artificial lighting. However, many older houses were not designed to incorporate a lot of natural light. If you have an older home and would like to add more natural light, what are your options?
There are a variety of ways to add natural light into a house nowadays. Skylights are one example and are an extremely effective way to add a maximum amount of natural light. If you go for this option make sure you choose double-paned windows and get a professional to install them for you.
Clerestory windows are another excellent way to incorporate natural light without taking up a lot of wall space. You will usually see clerestory windows high on a wall. Their wide but short design allows a lot of light into a room but not too much heat, as the overhang of the roof stops the sun from entering during the summer months. Another benefit you will see is that because of the sun’s low position in the winter, both light and heat will enter during the cold months.
Some spaces do not allow for traditional windows. In a case like this, light tubes could be a good choice. Light tubes are coated in a material that is highly reflective. When light travels through the tube, a diffuser evenly disperses light into the room. Plus, a special lens helps to enhance low-level light while at the same time reducing the midday sun’s intensity.
As you can see, there are many ways to incorporate natural light into a dark home.