Ever notice how hard it is to get out of bed on dark, overcast days compared to the energy you feel when awoken with sunlight? That’s one of the many benefits of natural lighting. If you’re not already taking advantage of this free energy source, then you might not be aware the effect it can have on your productivity, and even health.
Here we’ll discuss the many benefits of using natural lighting in your home or office, and what you can do to maximize it in your space.
Architects refer to the use of natural light to support the needs of people as “daylighting,” and it can encompass the brightest of sunlight, as well as subdued, muted light.
Daylighting doesn’t just make a space look more attractive and feel more uplifting, but it actually increases productivity. For example, the Lighting Research Center (LRC), in N.Y., have reported that daylit environments increase productivity and comfort by providing the mental and visual stimulation needed to regulate our circadian rhythms.
By using motorized blinds for skylights, or sheer window covering, natural light can be the primary source of light, creating a comfortable temperature and energizing work environment.
Sunlight can actually make you feel happier. This is partly due to serotonin levels in the body, a chemical that helps maintain mood balance. When serotonin levels are too low, people may experience slumps in their mood, or even depression.
However, studies show that sunlight can naturally boost serotonin levels and lift your mood. Many people experience what’s called seasonal affective disorder (SAD), especially in areas like Toronto that experience many overcast winter days.
To counteract the effects of SAD or low serotonin levels, then maximize the amount of natural sunlight through motorized blinds for skylights or transparent window coverings.
If you hate waking up to the annoying sound of an alarm clock, you’re not alone. Imagine waking up gradually to the slow and steady increase of morning sun. Sounds like a much more peaceful way to start your day, doesn’t it?
However, waking up to sunlight can be tricky with standards blinds, because you’ll want a dark room while falling asleep, but not in the morning. A room that stays dark at sunrise can throw off your internal clock and lead to oversleeping.
Electric window coverings solve this problem with their ability to be set on a timer. Without having to think about it, you can have your window coverings close at dusk and open at dawn. Setting them to open 15 minutes before you’d like to wake up is a far more pleasant way of easing into the morning. Want to sleep in on the weekends? You can set the timer to do that too.
Using abundant natural light in your home not only gives you personal energy, but saves electrical energy too. In a typical building, lighting accounts for 25 to 40 percent of your energy use (and electric bill).
Imagine what could be saved if using skylights, or simply making better use the large windows already in your home or office.
Now that you know some of the amazing benefits of natural light, you probably want to start getting more of it. Here are a few ways to get more sunlight inside your home or office:
Your window coverings heavily influence how light penetrates your home or workspace. With so many advantages of using sunlight as your primary light source, make sure your windows treatments are allowing you to get the most out of it.