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06 Jul 2021

Skylights versus LED Lights - What’s better?

What is better? A skylight or LED lighting? While skylights and LEDs both have a common goal of lighting up your room and making it brighter, how they achieve this goal is vastly different. A skylight essentially delivers natural light and distributes it into your room while an LED is generated through light bulbs.

What are the benefits of skylights?

There’s no doubt about it, a room that has lots of natural light is far more enticing and beneficial to your health and wellbeing compared with ordinary light bulbs. Here are a couple of benefits that skylights will bring you and your family.

You receive extra daylight.

Especially in the colder months. You want to maximise the amount of daylight as much as possible, and since we spend a lot of time indoors, sending daylight into your home is one way of doing that. during the winter months the sun is at a lower angle; in the North Island of New Zealand it only reaches a height of 50 degrees, which means the days are a lot shorter and the cool, brisk air sets in faster.

Natural light regulates our circadian rhythm.

Installing a skylight into a particular room of your home fills it with natural light and the intensity of light will change according to the time, date, season, and position of the planet. Natural light is important because it helps regulate our body's circadian rhythm which aids in synchronising our digestive, metabolism, sleep, and rest periods. Natural light is essential to all humans, animals, and plants to survive.

Natural light helps you sleep better.

Natural light and mental health go hand in hand. Without a good night’s sleep, you tend to feel groggy or unproductive in the morning and reach for that additional shot of coffee so it’s not surprising that natural light plays a crucial part in our sleeping patterns. A 2014 study proved that office workers who were exposed to more natural light received a better night’s sleep. Natural light also affects the production of the natural substance melatonin, which is a key ingredient to a good night’s sleep. Try to avoid bright lights two hours before you go to sleep as this can affect your melatonin levels and will make you stay up longer. If you find that you get sleepy too early during the evening, move to a brightly lit area of your house.

What about artificial light?

LEDs or light emitting diodes are made up of visible light as well as some ultraviolet and infrared radiations. Most notably, they contain blue light which is on the cooler end of the spectrum. Lighting experts would agree that cooler shades of light work best in the bathroom and kitchen, however not in the bedrooms or living spaces.

LEDs contain blue light.

Blue light can be linked to health issues like sleep deprivation. Unlike natural light, blue light suppresses our body’s release of melatonin. Blue light isn’t only found in LEDs but also in smartphones, televisions, offices, torches, night lights and lamps. With this in mind, it’s important to get as much natural light as possible to help prevent physical and mental illness.

They are complex

LEDs are also more complex than the ordinary light bulb. Some manufacturers claim they get at least 10,000 plus hours; however, it isn’t uncommon for LEDs to overheat or only achieve 80 percent of its capacity. LEDs will produce less light with time and will ultimately stop altogether if damaged.

How to achieve natural light in your home?

There’s an easy way to install natural light into your home. Solatube skylights work by installing a dome on your roof that captures sunlight, even low-angle light during winter, and sends the light through a reflective tube into a specially designed fixture that distributes the light throughout your room. Our Solatube skylight tubes are lined with Spectralight Infinity – the most reflective material in the world – ensuring that you get maximum light output through the tube into your house. You can enjoy all the benefits of natural light even if your room is windowless.

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