Choosing the Right Skylight: 3 Factors to Consider When Selecting a Skylight

Indoor Skylight Design
Your building’s design, square footage and other factors determine its daylighting needs.
Are you considering daylighting for your building? Installing daylighting can result in a wide range of benefits, from lower energy bills to improved employee health, focus and productivity.

One of the most important aspects of daylighting is making sure you choose the best and most appropriate skylights for your building. Choose right and all of the benefits of daylighting are significantly greater.

Many building owners make the mistake of installing daylighting systems that, while far superior to artificial lighting, simply don’t match their needs. The end result is an improvement in energy usage and productivity that isn’t as great as it could be.

In this guide, we’ll look at three factors that you should consider when selecting any type of skylight for your building. Read on to make a more informed choice when it’s time to install daylighting in your building.

Your building’s square footage

How big is your building? Large buildings like fulfillment centers and warehouses, quite understandably, need a greater amount of natural light than small buildings such as retail stores and commercial offices.

If your building is large, with a significant amount of square footage, it will need a greater amount of skylights. Many large buildings use diffuse skylights installed at an interval in the ceiling to provide even, steady light throughout the interior.

On the other hand, a small office or retail store may be suited to just a few skylights which provide all of its lighting needs. Before you make a decision about daylighting, look at your building’s square footage to determine its needs.

Your building’s sun exposure

Does your building receive a lot of sunlight, or does its location mean it rarely gets as much sunlight as it could? Not all buildings are equally exposed to the sun, and a building that receives lots of sunlight may only need small or few skylights.

On the other hand, a building that isn’t as well positioned for natural light may need twice as much daylighting to achieve the same results. This can make it important to adjust your building’s daylighting needs to match its sunlight exposure.

How much sunlight does your building receive? More importantly, which parts get the most sunlight? Selecting and positioning your daylighting system for maximum sunlight exposure can significantly improve its performance and efficiency.

Your workplace’s lighting needs

How much light does your workplace need? Not all workplaces need to be lit to the same level – a retail store, for example, may need more light than an office in order to achieve commercial success.

As well as assessing your building’s size and location when determining what type of daylighting system to install, it’s important to think about your needs. Does your workplace need steady and even lighting, or concentrated light in one location?

Every workplace is different, and your needs may be very different to those of the next building owner in your area. Think about your specific needs and keep them close to the front of your mind to make the most appropriate decision.

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