Skylight / July 15, 2018 / Arnou Gabriaux
Skylights let natural light stream into your home bringing warmth and a feeling of spaciousness. When properly selected and used they can reduce your need for electric lighting and minimize your heating and cooling costs. There are also health benefits to this wonderful sunlight that shines on us. If you lack sufficient sunlight on your skin you will suffer health effects. Thats because the human body was designed to be exposed to sunlight on a frequent basis. We evolved after all under the natural sun not under fluorescent lighting. Our environment was one with plentiful sunlight. Skylights can provide up to 30% more natural light than vertical windows while making a small space seem bigger.
For example the optimum slope for a south-facing skylight in Columbus Ohio at 40º North latitude is 45º to 55º. Every skylight has a "shaft" which governs how much light is admitted into the room below. If all four sides are flared then the light is spread over a wide area. If your skylight has a shaft with perpendicular sides the light is focused straight below. If your skylights shaft is flared on only one or two sides then the light is sprayed in the flared direction. Ventilation If you wish you can have a skylight which also provides ventilation as well as light to your room. This allows you to release the hot air which collects at your ceiling.
Some people in an effort to let in plenty of light choose the biggest skylight they can afford. But bigger is not always better when it comes to choosing skylights for your home. The size of the skylight should not be more than 5% of the floor space if there are other windows in the room. It should be less than 15% of the floor space if there are few windows in the room. Unlike commercial buildings where structures are huge there is only so much that a room within the house can take. So choose skylights that suit the size of the room. Style: Although most skylights are rectangular these are available in a variety of sizes shapes and colors.