Daylighting Systems for Manufacturing Applications

The manufacturing industry gains many practical benefits through the use of advanced daylighting products.


Illumination levels significantly affect human performance and attention. Research by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society shows that people take less time to carry out tasks such as probing needles, reading maps, and measuring the diameter of bolts when luminance is increased. 

The full spectrum rays of natural sunlight reduce the occurrence of headaches and eyestrain while improving visibility and making hard-to-see details, small text, and finely-cut objects stand out. With proper daylighting, workers do not have to shield their eyes from harsh glare or strain their eyes in order to get the job done; they will carry out assignments and feel confident that their performance is on target.  

Daylighting improves employee moods, which directly increases motivation and workplace satisfaction and reduces absenteeism. After Lockheed Martin moved some of its workforce into a daylit building, they calculated that “every minute less of wasted time per hour represents a 1.67% gain in productivity… where a 2% increase in productivity equates to $3 million saved (per year)”

Daylighting also improves worker safety. For example, Prince Street Technologies “used daylighting to cut energy use and saw worker’s compensation cases drop by more than a factor of twenty.”

Ciralight SunTrackers provide consistent, high-quality natural light all day long, which can cut energy usage and cost between 50% to as much as 80%. SunTrackers create a healthier, more productive environment for all workers. If you would like to learn more about Ciralight’s active daylighting solution, contact our sales team today.

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(5) Romm, Joseph J. (2006). Cool Companies: How the Best Businesses Boost Profits and Productivity by Cutting Greenhouse-Gas Emissions.

(6) Federal Energy Management Program Newsletter, March/April 2002.

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