A building is not static. It evolves over time – the décor will change, the business conducted in it may take a different course and style trends may dictate that its look should be altered. A commercial daylighting system must be able to adapt and evolve to meet these demands without being completely ripped out to make way for a new one. Not only will this be expensive, it will add to the disruption in the work flow that the other changes may cause. A good system should be able to use new fittings and lighting controls to suit the new requirements. If needed, the tubing should be capable of being rerouted to a new location. This will enable it to conform to the new environment.
The amount of natural daylight varies according to the time of day and the season. However, the lighting in a workplace must be consistent and predictable so that the working environment remains stable. A good daylighting system must be able to deliver consistent and predictable lighting. This means that cutting edge technology and state of the art materials have to be used and that the system itself should be designed for optimal light availability. The best manufacturers and their dealers will have the tools and technology to create customized lighting designs to meets these goals.
A daylighting system that is unreliable and needs frequent repair, maintenance and parts replacement will negate all the benefits that it should offer. The best systems offer years of trouble free use with little or no maintenance and parts costs. The best brands do this by focusing on quality and innovation. To install a daylighting system that is not state of the art is to spend money on what will be a continuous source of problems and expenses. Installing a top level system will ensure the reliability that every organization wants.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is becoming a key factor in all business planning. A major facet of this is reducing an organization’s negative environmental impact. The use of sustainable natural daylight reduces electricity usage and by doing so, minimizes the carbon footprint that is created. A CSR act of this nature will enhance the image of the business and assist it in creating a positive impact in the market. The other aspect of sustainability that must be taken into consideration is the cost effectiveness of daylight and the low maintenance. These will both help to reduce operation overheads and by doing so, improve bottom lines.
A high quality daylighting system can make an immense difference to the look, feel and functionality of a workplace and by doing this, improve workflow and productivity. If you are planning, or even considering, the use of daylighting in an office, the first stage is to talk to reputed experts in the field to develop a lighting plan and design that will give you the maximum return on your investment and the greatest savings in lighting costs. With utility cost continually rising, daylight will soon stop being an option and become an essential.