Daylighting is an architectural concept that takes advantage of natural light in illuminating the indoors of a home or building. With the right style and placement of windows, sunlight can help create a bigger, more inviting space. It also offers other benefits, the most notable of which is the important role it plays in one’s overall health and well-being.
Natural Light and Its Health Benefits
Sunlight helps the skin absorb Vitamin D, a nutrient essential to preventing bone loss and reducing the risk of certain diseases. It doesn’t matter if you get a daily dose of the sun indoors or outdoors, you are bound to receive the so-called “sunshine vitamin.”
Also, the connection between natural light and the sleep-wake cycles have been evident in many studies. Conclusive evidence has pointed to constant exposure to daylight as a way to maintain an individual’s circadian rhythm, which leads to better sleep that then translates into better physical and mental health.
More natural light coming through the window also means less usage of artificial light, especially from fluorescent bulbs. They may be recognized as safe, but other people elicit an elevated stress response when exposed to such lighting.
Others Ways to Harness Natural Light
Windows may already be a given when it comes to letting natural light in, but there are other ways you can maximize sunlight to brighten up the interior. Hanging a mirror helps bounce light, casting more brightness throughout a room. Also, using light fabrics as window treatments can help in illuminating the interior without sacrificing privacy.
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