Friday, December 22, 2017

Children Need Sunlight

Every parent knows that adequate exposure to sunlight is an essential component of a child’s health and growth. The sun is a vital source of Vitamin D which is a critical component of not just building strong bones, but overall good health and physical development. Unfortunately, children in this country are becoming increasingly deprived of sunlight and the effects on their health are increasing at an alarming rate. This is not scaremongering. 

A National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that “50 percent of children aged 1 to 5 years old, and 70 percent of children between the ages of 6 and 11, are deficient or insufficient in vitamin D.” The Hopkins Children’s Center says that “60 percent of children may have sub optimal levels of vitamin D. Prolonged and untreated vitamin D deficiency can affect multiple organs and functions, including bone growth and density, metabolism, heart and immunity, but it rarely causes overt symptoms and often goes unnoticed. 

Vitamin D deficiency in childhood can cause skeletal deformities, brittle bones, frequent fractures and lead to premature osteoporosis in later life. However emerging evidence suggests that vitamin D is involved in far more than bone health. Recent studies have found a link between low vitamin D levels and some cancers, heart disease, suppressed immunity and even premature death.”

The Cause

Today’s children spend too much time indoors. Hours spent in classrooms, at home doing homework, watching TV or on the computer leave little time for spending time outdoors in the sun. While parents do encourage their children to be outdoors, there is often just not enough time. In addition, there are now issues of the health effects of pollution and excessive sun exposure that often cause parents to be unsure about how much time to allow their children to spend time outside and also the reason for the increasing use of sunscreen among kids. Sunscreen may protect against skin cancer and excessive tanning, but it also blocks off Vitamin D.

Sunlight Indoors?

The simplest solution to the problem is to ensure that children are in natural daylight even when they are indoors. Windows may allow for fresh air to enter a house, but the amount of light that enters is limited and affected by the time of day and the season. Installing daylighting systems in a home is a simple and effective way to bring sunlight inside. Roof-mounted natural light collectors capture sunlight and this is carried to every part of the house by using high tech tubing. Even those parts of the house that have access to very light natural light through windows and skylights can now be filled with sunlight. The children, and the adults, in the home will now have access to natural sunlight in a safe form that protects their skin and leaves any pollution outside.

Daylighting – Simple and Economical

Modern state-of-the-art daylighting systems can be installed in just a few hours and are both elegant to look at and long-lasting. Another huge advantage is that once installed they run for free, resulting in major savings on the amount of electricity that is used for lighting during the day.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Electricity Costs in California

A report earlier this year in the Los Angeles Times provided details of how Californians are paying billions of dollars every year for electricity they don’t need. The genesis of the problem is that at the beginning of this century the state faced a severe electricity shortage. This resulted in the opening of many new power plants. Some of them used the latest green technologies to reduce the amount of water and fuel required to generate power. While this was a good initiative, it may have pushed up the cost of setting up these plants.

The Over Supply Problem

A power plant set up in 2001 had an expected 30 to 40 year life span. It closed down in 2016. The reason was that the state power regulators approved the construction of another plant just 40 miles away in 2010. The $300 million plant is now idle. The same story has been repeated in other power plants. The reason for older, but still viable plants to close was that the state changed from one with a shortage of power to one with an excess. Having excess power may sound like a good thing – there will be a buffer to cover shortages due to natural causes and plant shutdowns. On the surface, it would also appear that having an excess of supply over demand would mean that the cost of electricity would be driven down by market forces. This is not the case. The cost of the plants that have been shut down still has to be recovered. And many of the newer ones are operating far below capacity, which makes the power they produce uneconomical. The only way to recover the capital cost of the closed plants and the uneconomical generation of others is to make consumers pay more. Things are only going to get worse as official estimates say that the state will have an excess generation capacity of 21% by the year 2020.

A Staggering Cost

In simple terms, the cost of turning on a light or operating an electric appliance has increased. In recent years, according to the LA Times, the gap between what Californians pay as against what the rest of the country pays has doubled to approximately 50%.  Today California uses 2.6% less electricity than it did in 2008. But customers in the state are now paying nearly $7 billion more than they did then. And state regulators have approved higher rates for the future in an effort to try and recover the cost of setting up and running the new plants.

Save By Reducing Power Consumption

With the cost of utilities expected to keep increasing, homeowners need to find a way to reduce their power consumption. Installing solar panels in a home is a major project that involves modifications to the home and a capital cost that makes recovering the expense a long term proposition. An immediate alternative that is economical and requires no major installation effort is to use daylighting systems.  These collect daylight from the roof of a house and carry it to even the most interior parts of the home, which may remain dark even during the day. This reduces the need to use electric lights in daytime hours and this can have a significant impact on a home’s utility bills. With electricity prices expected to keep going up, the earlier these systems are installed, the greater the savings for consumers. To be sure of deriving the maximum benefits from a daylighting system, it is important to use only that which is manufactured by a reputed company and where there is a dealer in the area to provide installation services and support.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Daylighting FAQs

The growing awareness of the health, economic and environmental benefits of using daylighting systems to light a home has resulted in a vast amount of material being available on the subject. This volume of information, much of it partially or completely inaccurate, can cause confusion in the mind of the homeowner who wants to install daylighting systems in his home. Numerous questions arise and finding the answers to allow for a knowledgeable decision to be made is difficult. Here are some of the most common of these questions and  accurate answers you can rely on.

  • How bright is the light? Daylight systems can provide as much or even more indoor light than a skylight or large window.
  • How costly is it when compared to a window? When both the product and installation costs are taken into account, a daylighting system is typically less expensive than installing a window or skylight.
  •  How difficult is the installation? The best daylighting systems are designed for retrofitting into existing homes. Because of this installation does not require any structural modifications, dry walling or repainting. Professional installation can usually be done in 2 hours and a DIY project can be completed in a day. 
  •  Where in the home can it be used? A daylighting system collects sunlight from the roof of a house and uses special highly reflective tubes to carry it through walls and ceilings to even the most interior parts of the building. This includes rooms with no roof access and places like closets where natural lighting was previously not an option.
  •  Is it really green? The use of daylighting systems means that the use of electric lighting during the day can be either eliminated or significantly reduced. This automatically reduces the home’s carbon footprint and makes it more environmentally friendly.
  •  What are the running costs? A daylighting system uses no electricity. So once installed, the running cost is zero.
  •  Are there really health benefits? The link between exposure to adequate sunlight and good health has been extensively documented and any doctor will vouch for it. The benefits are not purely physical, they are psychological as well since sunlight is known to help in uplifting the mood.
  •   How will a daylighting system fit into my home’s decor? The best manufacturers offer a wide range of elegant fittings that will match almost any home decor.

Quality Counts

The increasing demand for daylighting systems means that new manufacturers continue to appear regularly. Many of them make claims that cannot be substantiated or offer prices that appear to be too good to be true – they are. Your home is your most valuable asset and not something you want to take risks with. That is why while installing daylighting systems, it is always advisable to go with a leading manufacturer with a global customer base and a reputation for quality and being cost effective. This will ensure that the daylight you have in your home will give you many years of trouble free brilliant light. Contact the dealer for your area of a reputed manufacturer to learn more.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Solar Power vs. Daylighting

The solar powered home is no longer the technology of tomorrow, it is available today. It may not be possible to be completely independent of the grid, but the solar home of today allows you to be green and save money on your utility bills. A solar powered home may not work for everyone – there are technical and financial hurdles to overcome. Here are the 4 basic components of a residential solar power system.

A Residential Solar Power System

        · The solar panels. These are made up of photo voltaic cells that convert the energy from sunlight into electricity. They are normally installed on the roof of the home which is where they will receive the most sunlight.

        · Batteries. The solar panels will generate electricity only during the day when sunlight shines upon them. Nothing is generated at night. If you want to have solar generated electricity at night, batteries will be required to collect and store the electricity generated during the day so it can be used after sunset.

        · The Inverter. The solar panels generate Direct Current (DC) while your home uses Alternating current (AC) power. The electricity that is stored in batteries is also DC. To convert this DC into AC an inverter is needed.

        · The electric meter. The AC from the inverter flows through the electricity meter into the home’s main electrical panel from where it made available throughout the home.

Installing a solar power system in your home can be complicated and expensive, although it will pay for itself in the long run. A simple way of using sunlight to light up a home, at a fraction of the cost of a solar power system, without a large amount of special equipment and with a very simple installation process is by installing a daylighting system.

Day lighting Is the Right Way to Get Started

A day lighting system is not part of a solar power system. It does not convert sunlight into electricity or heat. Instead, it collects daylight from the exterior of your home, carries is through ceilings and walls and uses the light to illuminate those parts of the home that do not get enough natural light. Besides providing healthy daylight indoors, it reduces the need to use electric light during the day, thereby cutting electricity bills. Unlike a solar power system, a day lighting one uses cutting edge technology to keep itself simple and easy to install. These systems are surprisingly economical too.

Whether or not you are planning to install solar power in your home, day lighting systems are something that you cannot ignore. Clean, healthy and free daylight in every part of your home is a major benefit and cost saver. Once you see the benefits you may want to reconsider installing solar power. The day lighting system can work in tandem with solar power. If you decide not to, you are still a winner because the standalone daylighting system will continue to provide you with free natural daylight for many years to come.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Stay Healthy With Sunlight

When a person is in a “sunny mood” he is feeling good. Sunshine is associated with brightness, happiness, good health and overall wellbeing. Since the majority of urban dwellers spend most of their time indoors, ensuring that sunlight is able to enter a home or office is important to enhancing the quality of life. This may appear to be an overstatement, but a look at the research done on the benefits of sunlight proves that it is not.

The Benefits

     ·  Sunlight helps the body to produce serotonin, the hormone that boosts the mood and creates positive energy. In addition, increased serotonin levels have been linked to the suppression of appetite and thus the reduction of overeating and so to weight loss.

     ·  A study by the highly reputed British Medical Journal shows that low levels of vitamin D (produced by exposure to sunlight) are linked to the increased likelihood of cardiac disorders, especially in winter. There is also a link between the rise in cholesterol levels in winter and the drop in vitamin D levels.

     ·  The vitamin D from sunlight helps to reduce the risk of diabetes. A study in Finland found that children with higher levels of this vitamin had an 80% lower risk of getting the disease.

     ·  Seasonal Affective Disorder (or just feeling low in winter) has been linked to a lack of sunlight exposure.

     ·  The causes of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) are still not clear, but research now shows that exposure to sunlight during childhood reduces the risk of the disease developing later on. The fact that the condition is less common in countries with sunnier climates appears to support this.

     ·  Although over exposure to direct sunlight can lead to skin cancer, the U.S National Cancer Institute has found that the risk of breast, colon, bladder, stomach, esophagus and womb cancer is lowered with exposure to sunlight.

     ·  Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to the onset of Crohn’s Disease and other bowel disorders. Once again, sunlight offers a way to reduce the risk.

     ·  In a study conducted by St Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, Columbia University in New York, it was found that women with menstrual and fertility problems benefited from the increased production of vitamin D that comes from sunlight.

     ·  Sunlight boosts the production of white blood cells which fight infections and boost the immune system

     ·  Sunlight is known to help in clearing up skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis.

Bringing Sunlight Indoors

Almost all homes have areas that need more daylight. Using electricity to illuminate these areas is not just expensive; it works against all the benefits of sunlight that have been mentioned above. Installing more windows or skylights to remove the darkness may not be possible and if it is, will be complicated and expensive. The right way to bring more sunlight into your home is with daylighting systems. These are simple to install and will carry natural light into even the most interior parts of a home. Using a state-of-the-art system means that you will have years of clear sunlight throughout your home with no running costs. Contacting the dealer of a reputed manufacturer can make a world of difference to the way you and your family live at home.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Dark Side of LED Bulbs

Artificial light is regarded as one of the most important factors in the development of the human race. The ability to use fire to light up caves changed the way early humans lived. Man was no longer literally left in the dark when the sun went down. He could work, eat and do everything with the light of the fire. Lighting evolved through candles, lanterns, gas lights, till the electric lightbulb was invented over a century ago. Today we have become so dependent on artificial lighting that a power outage brings life to a standstill.

Modern lighting uses LED technology and these bulbs will be in use in the foreseeable future. They are long lasting, efficient and minimize the amount to electricity they consume. While the technology is a blessing, it is not an unmixed one. There is a dark side to LED bulbs that many are not aware of.

Hazardous Substances

A study quoted in the highly reputed journal Scientific American says that LED bulbs contain over a dozen potentially harmful substances including lead and arsenic. Besides making disposal of old bulbs a major issue, what happens if one breaks in the home? Experts recommend that gloves and a mask should be worn before sweeping them up and then the debris, including the broom, should be disposed of as hazardous waste.

Artificial Light and Health

In 2012 the American Medical Association released a study on the impact of artificial light on health in general and on specific medical conditions. Among other things, it recommends that the development of new lighting technologies be given priority to reduce the health risks of artificial light. This is now a major area of research, but no practical technologies will be available for many years to come.

Daylight Is Best

We cannot do without artificial lighting. But controlling and limiting its use can make the home a healthier place. One way of doing this is to reduce the amount of electric lighting used during the day. Most homes have areas that remain dim during the daytime hours, requiring electric lights to be turned on when they are occupied. Instead of doing this, daylighting systems can be used. These systems capture daylight from the roof of a home and use high-tech tubes to carry it through ceilings and walls to parts of the home that need more daylight. The light they produce is completely natural and has none of the potential risks that extended exposure to electric lighting may have. They are free from hazardous materials and consume no electricity. Dimmer switches allow the amount to light to be controlled so the right illumination can be maintained. Using daylighting systems means that a home has clean natural sunlight in it and because of this it becomes a safer and healthier place to be in.

When installing daylighting systems it is very important to ensure that they are from a world class manufacturer that uses the best materials and has the latest technology. Having the installation done by a dealer ensures that once in place, the systems will functions flawlessly for years to come.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Indoor Plants Grow Best With Sunlight

A home is a place of comfort and warmth. The décor is a critical part of creating the desired atmosphere and indoor plants play a major role in this. The presence of greenery and bright flowers brings a touch of the outdoors inside and adds freshness to the interiors. Not all plants are suitable for growing indoors and having the right ones, those that will bloom and grow indoors, is essential. One thing that all plants have in common is the three things they need to grow – air, water and sunlight. Air of course, is all pervasive and giving plants the water they need is simple. The problem with indoor plants is providing them with the sunlight they require.

Where to Get the Best Light

Traditionally, placing plants near windows is the way to give them the maximum exposure to sunlight. The problem with that is that the direction the window is facing is a key factor in sunlight availability. In North America, the typical light intensity based on window orientation is:
  • North facing windows. This direction tends to have the least light intensity and will usually have deep shadows beyond the limited area of direct sunlight. Plants normally do not thrive near these windows, especially in winter.
  • South facing windows. Since the sun follows an east to west arc, windows facing this direction usually have strong daylight intensity and plants placed here do well. One problem could be that excess sunlight could lead to some burning of the plants.
  • West facing windows. These get the maximum afternoon and evening sunlight. Although the amount is not as much as with south facing windows, this is the second best location for your plants.
  • East facing windows.  The morning sun that comes through these windows is good for plants that need only a limited amount of sunlight.
One problem with the light from windows is that placing plants in these fixed locations may not work with the interior décor and layout. A solution for this problem is the use of daylighting systems which collect sunlight from the roof and use special tubes to carry the light into even the most interior parts of the home, where sunlight is often very limited or not available at all. Not only will the presence of natural light make the interior look better, the placement of plants does not have to be dictated by their proximity to windows.

People Need Daylight Too

One of the biggest health issues facing city dwellers is the inadequate exposure to sunlight. The benefits of this on human health are well documented and known. Being indoors, often under electrical light even during the day, may be an inevitable part of modern life, but it is not good for health. Humans need sunlight just as plants do. Using daylighting systems to spread natural light indoors is a great way to make up for this deficiency. Besides benefiting human health, sunlight adds another level of beauty and comfort to the interiors. And, of course, the reduction in the use of electric lighting means a lowering of utility bills. Finding the right daylighting system for your home is not difficult. All you need to do is go online to find a company with a reputation for quality, state-of-the-art technology and cost effective solutions with simple and quick installation. In other words, find the brand leader. With that done, search for a dealer close to you, have a daylighting assessment done and finalize the type of system and fittings you want. It’s not just your indoor plants, everyone in the family will be happier with a daylighting system in place.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Save Money this Summer with Solar Powered Attic Fans

Summer is on its way and that is something to be happily anticipated. However, along with all the good things that the season has to offer, there are a few downsides. Among them is the heat which can make even being indoors uncomfortable. That, in turn, leads to increased use of air conditioning and this translates into larger electricity bills. Solar powered attic fans offer a reliable and economic way to keep your home cool and so reduce your air conditioning load and the resultant bills.

Why Attic Fans?

  • Attics are notorious heat traps and the heat that collects here affects the rest of the home. According to some studies, even a moderate ambient temperature of 80 degrees can push the temperature in an attic above 140 degrees. Passive attic vents can help to some extent, but not enough to make a significant impact on your heat load and utility bills.
  • Positive airflow has a much larger impact on attic heat buildup. This can be achieved by installing an attic fan. With the increased heat dissipation attic temperatures can be brought down to around 10 to 20 degrees warmer that the external temperature. For example, if when the outside temperature is in the 80s and the attic temperature is kept to between 90 and 100 degrees, there will be a 10 degree reduction in the temperature in the lower levels of the house. This means a significant reduction in the air conditioning load and the operating costs.
  • An additional benefit of these fans is that in damp weather the positive air flow will reduce moisture buildup in the attic. This moisture buildup can lead to toxic mold and fungus formation as well as weaken the internal structure. Moisture can also damage insulation and framing materials in the attic.
  • To maximize the benefits a solar powered attic fan is the right choice. It consumes no electricity so, once installed, the temperature reduction is achieved at no cost. Solar powered attic fans that are controlled by a thermal switch will run only when the attic temperature falls within a predetermined range that are available. This option will reduce the motor wear and extend the life of the fan unit.
  • An additional benefit of solar powered attic fans is that installing one entitles you to a 30% federal tax credit.
Be Sure Of What You Buy

The use of solar power in the home is becoming increasingly common. From electricity generation to heating, lighting and ventilation, new manufacturers continue to appear in the market to meet the growing demand. Installing an attic fan is not something you do every year. You need to be sure that the fan you use is the best available and that it will give you years of trouble free service. That is why the fan should be from a manufacturer with an impeccable reputation, a proven track record of quality and a history of continuous innovation to ensure that what you buy is the best there is.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

How to Reduce Your Lighting Costs

Energy efficient CFL and LED bulbs have revolutionized indoor lighting and the reduction in electricity bill can be seen by all who use them. However, the savings may not be permanent. Energy costs will continue to rise over time and that will be reflected in higher utility bills. There is an old adage that says that work expands to fill the time available. Similarly, electricity consumption tends to expand to fill power availability. In other words, if electricity is available, it will be used. It could be a new lamp or gadget, a bigger TV or washing machine etc. Over time electricity consumption will usually increase. This is normal and there is little you can do about it without making yourself unhappy and uncomfortable. However, you can control your lighting costs by eliminating power wastage.

Power Saving Tips
  • Reduce wattage: An overly lit room not only wastes power, it creates a harsh ambiance that can cause eye strain. Use bulbs with only the wattage you really need.
  • Avoid multiple fittings: Do not think that using multiple low wattage bulbs in place of a single high wattage one will save power. Generally speaking, it will not. The thumb rule is the more bulbs, the more power consumed.
  • Use multiple switches: Use multiple switches, at different locations, to control light in large open rooms. This will enable you to light up only those parts of the room that needs to be lit. For example, if you are sitting alone in a living room reading, why do you need to have the whole room lit? A light where you are reading is enough.
  • Install dimmers: There are times when you may want the light intensity of a room lowered to create the desired atmosphere. Dimmers will enable this and also reduce power consumption. Just check that the bulbs you are using will work with a dimmer.
  • Use motion sensors and timers: Install motion sensors and timers for outdoor and security lights. This will enable them to be on only when they are needed.
  • Keep fittings clean: Wall mounted fittings tend to collect layers of dust and grime over time. Cleaning them regularly will increase the light output and will reduce the number of lights required to light a room.
  • Turn off lights: Lighting up an empty room is a waste of power- turn off the lights. This is the oldest and still the best way to save electricity.
Don’t Use Electricity

All these tips can help to control lighting costs. If you really want to reduce them, why not use electricity free indoor lighting? This is possible through the use of daylighting systems. By capturing daylight from the roof and carrying it through walls and ceilings to the interior of the house, free natural light will be available anywhere indoors. Of course, the efficiency and reliability of the system depends on the quality of the product and the way it is installed. Contact a reputed dealer of the leading daylighting system manufacturer. It is the green, energy saving solution you have been looking for.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

TDDs vs Skylights

The availability of natural sunlight emanating from the ceiling of a room can change its whole feel and ambience to make it a brighter and more attractive place to spend time in. Traditionally, the way to get this has been to install skylights. The problem with traditional solutions is that it is easy to presume that they are the only options available and so miss out on better alternatives. In the matter of bringing sunlight indoors, there is now a superior alternative to skylights and the surprisingly low costs, easy installation, flexibility and attractive appearance makes daylighting systems the preferred choice for wise homeowners. The rapidly increasing popularity of Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs) means that there are a large number of manufacturers offering their products on the market, often with large price variations. Going for the cheapest option will often land you trouble with inadequate light availability and frequent repairs and replacements. Buying the best TDDs will ensure that you have the best light and trouble free performance for many years.

The Daylighting System Advantages
  • When compared to skylights, TDDs provide more uniform light throughout a room. Additionally, the light available is more consistent and the seasonal changes in light and shifting patterns of lighting are minimized.
  • Not only will the smart dome and attractive fittings provide superior lighting performance as compared to skylights, the best systems offer Effect Lenses to easily modify the strength and color of the light to suit user needs.
  • With TDDs, there is no energy loss. The heat transfer from skylights can have a major impact on your heating and air conditioning costs. With utility rates on the increase, this will mean increased bills over the years. TDDs will not add to your heating and cooling bills.
  • Since no painting or reframing is required, TDDs can be installed at a lower cost as compared to skylights. In addition, installation is usually very quick and clean. In most cases the installation can be completed in 2 hours, a fraction of the time that putting in a skylight takes.
  • TDDs can carry daylight through walls and ceilings. This means that daylight can be available even in rooms where installing a skylight is not possible.
  • The best TDDs are completely leak proof and impact resistant with self-cleaning domes. This means that you can look forward to years of trouble-free maintenance.
  • The wide range of fittings that the best brand offers means that TDDs can be installed to match any décor. Additionally, options such built-in LEDs that automatically come on to compensate for failing daylight levels as the sun goes down means that the same fitting can provide the light you need day or night.
Ensure You Make the Right Choice

Your home is your biggest asset and you cannot afford to take chances with it. Contact a daylighting systems expert to discuss your lighting needs and how TDD can help you. A daylighting assessment and information about the federal tax credit available will show you why TDDs are a far better alternative to traditional skylights.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Too Much Artificial Light Is Bad For You

Thomas Edison changed the world with the invention of the light bulb. The setting of the sun no longer meant that man had to struggle in the dark with the dim light of candles and lanterns. The light bulb enables everything that could be done during the day to also be done when it is dark outside. There is no questioning this blessing but over time electric light came to supplement and even replace the use of natural sunlight during the day. A little over a century ago maximizing the amount of daylight available indoors was a critical part of any home design. While it is still a key factor, the easy availability of electric lighting has allowed for compromises to be made. Location, space and aesthetic considerations at times limit the use of daylight indoors.

Artificial Lighting Is Nice But….
  • Using electric light during the day adds to your utility bills. With the cost of power going up, the expenses will increase over time.
  • Using artificial light to brighten your home during the day can often affect the way it looks and the atmosphere in it. You may not even have noticed how much the lack of sunlight has affected the appearance.
  • In offices, artificial lighting means that more people can be given workspace inside a building without the need to worry about providing them access to sunlight. The space saving is huge. But what about the natural energizing effect of sunlight? The loss of this could affect output and productivity.
  • You can manage with limited natural light, but have you thought about how the loss of it is affecting you? Inadequate exposure to daylight can cause a number of health problems. The most common of these are eye strain, headaches, migraines, stress and seasonal affective disorder. You may not even notice these problems or take them seriously, but if allowed to go unchecked; they could grow into more serious medical concerns. In addition, medical research has linked excessive time spent under artificial light to a number of major medical conditions.
Bring Daylight Indoors

Do you want to brighten up your home or workplace with more natural light? Perhaps you do not realize the difference the entry of more sunlight can make. Adding more windows or skylights requires major structural alternations which may not be possible and if they are, will be messy, time consuming and costly. Daylighting systems are the better alternative. Tubular daylighting devices (TTDs) use special daylight collectors on the exterior of the building to collect daylight and then bring it to even the most interior spaces using high tech piping systems. They are easy to install and once in place, run for free. The elegant fittings available ensure that the lights blend in with any décor. TTDs are the ideal way to improve the lighting of your home or workplace, reduce the health risk associated with artificial lighting and bring down your electric bills.

If you live in Santa Clara County CA., all you need to do is go online to ask for a free daylighting assessment. The low investment and the great results will leave you wondering why you didn’t go in for daylighting systems earlier.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Prevent Eye Strain with Proper Lighting

Vision is perhaps the most important of all the senses mankind possesses. It is also one of the most overused and is often taken for granted. A key factor in looking after your eyes is ensuring that the lighting is right for whatever activity you are doing. The eyes are flexible and are able to adjust to make the best use of the light that is available. But while you may be able to see and work in dim or overly bright conditions, your eyes are being subjected to needless strain.

Bad Lighting in the Workplace 

The office is often a place of stress and pressure. A well-lit office helps in reducing the mental stress and physical strain. You can make your workplace a happier one that places less strain on the eyes by doing the following:
  • Reduce the amount of LED and fluorescent bulbs in the work area. Theses can contribute to the eye strain by the glare they create. Instead, maximize the use of natural daylight. Not only will this protect the eyes, it will boost your mood and also offer a number of other health benefits.
  • Adjust your desk and chair so that you are not directly facing a window or one is not behind you. These will cause glare and/ or reflections on your computer monitor which will make working harder and strain the eyes.
  • Reduce the brightness of the monitor.
  • Take a small break every hour to give your eyes rest.

Bad Lighting At Home

Lighting plays a major role in the way a home looks. While using it to create the right mood and aura is fine, do not allow these considerations to reduce the amount of light that is required for a room. For example, the kitchen and study are places where concentration and focus are required and inadequate lighting will strain the eyes. Finding items is a dark gloomy closet is not easy. Like the office, try to maximize the use of natural light. Not only is this the best for your eyes, it is much cheaper than having electric lights on during the day.

Maximize the Use of Daylight

If the design of your home or office is such that there is not enough daylight available, you can correct the situation. Putting in more windows, if at all possible, is a messy and expensive job. A far better alternative is to install a daylighting system. This high technology device captures daylight from the exterior of a building and uses special tubes to carry it through walls and ceiling to the indoor areas where the light is needed. Installation is inexpensive and quick and once the system is running, you will have the benefit of free natural daylight indoors for years to come. To ensure that you get the best system for your home or office, buy a daylighting system from only a reputed manufacturer with a dealer who will do the installation for you.