From concerns that skylights ‘leak’ heat to rumors that daylighting reduces office productivity, concerns about energy efficient lighting are far from new. While the rumors are predictably false, the unfortunate truth is that a lot of building owners continue to fall for shortsighted thinking when it comes to energy efficiency.
We’ve looked at four of the most common daylighting myths, ranging from common heat worries to understandable cost concerns. If you’ve ever worried about the cost, the heat, the brightness, or the convenience of daylighting systems, read on to watch as the most common daylighting myths end up thoroughly busted.
1. Daylighting is too hot to use in an office setting
A long time ago, skylights were simply a piece of glass fitted horizontally for interior lighting and a cozy atmosphere. Popular in multi-story commercial buildings in New York and other dense cities, they were predictably hot during the summer.
Today, however, skylights are immensely efficient when it comes to managing heat transfer. Thanks to special coatings that eliminate ultraviolet radiation and prevent heat from entering, skylights are far from being unwanted sources of heat.
While a skylight may have spelled thermal doom half a century ago, today’s modern ultraviolet filters and heat insulation technology make daylighting an excellent way to keep your office or retail store cool, even in the bright summer sun.
2. Daylighting makes rooms uncomfortably bright and sunny
Here’s an objection to daylighting that, much like the heat concern listed above, is based on information that’s out of date. Because many old skylights used standard glass, many people mistakenly assume that modern skylights are the same.
Again, the reality is different from many people’s expectations. Just like the skylights of today are insulated from infrared and ultraviolet rays, they’re also designed using special technology that allows them to emit useful light without any annoying glare.
Enjoy a working environment that’s naturally lit to look bright, light, and perfect for working in, without the bright glare of yesteryear’s skylights. Far from standing in the way of work – today’s modern daylighting systems make it easier to work.
3. Daylighting is so expensive that it’s a pointless investment
Here’s an interesting paradox of daylighting: since buildings with energy efficient daylighting are worth more than their inefficient counterparts, people assume that energy efficient daylighting is expensive.
As with many investments, there’s a big difference between the cost of daylighting and the value it offers. Despite offering an immense boost to your building’s value, the cost of installing a natural daylighting system can be surprisingly affordable.
Much like other investments in energy efficiency, daylighting is an addition to your building that keeps reminding you of its true value. This is one of several reasons for its massive popularity in large buildings where heating is a major expense.
4. Daylighting takes a long time to install, bringing productivity to a halt
No business owner wants to shut down their office unnecessarily. Many business owners worry that installing energy efficient lighting will take weeks to complete, bringing office productivity to a temporary standstill.
The reality, however, is that simple daylighting systems can be installed in several hours. More advanced systems, or systems installed in older buildings, may take as little as one or two days. Far from taking a long time to install, skylights and other daylighting systems can be installed, tested, and perfected in very little time.
Whether you’re concerned about uncomfortable heat, unwanted sunlight, extreme costs, or slow installation, it’s time to put your fears about daylighting systems to rest. From insulation to installation, these four daylighting myths are thoroughly busted.