Cutting Costs with Natural Lighting

By Jeff Brain | April 27, 2017

One of the primary reasons that facility owners are updating their buildings’ lighting is to cut costs as energy costs continue to rise. Beyond the sustainability of using sunlight, natural lighting methods also offer the opportunity to significantly cut costs. It can be difficult to immediately see the ways in which these methods can cut costs, however, there are a few key ways in which they directly affect electric costs. 

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Is Daylighting a Viable Option for Your Facility?

By Torrin Greathouse | April 25, 2017

When considering daylighting as an option for your facility, it is important to evaluate how suitable a solution it is for your facility. The fact is, despite the wealth of benefits natural light can provide, it may not be a fit for every building. Integrating skylights into an unfit facility could end up costing you more money in the long run. 

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How Skylights Can Incorporate IoT Technology

By Jeff Brain | April 20, 2017

The Internet of Things is an idea that has been in circulation since the late 90s, which involves creating an internet of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, allowing them to send and receive data. In 2016, however, the convergence of several technology made this idea a reality, with companies around the world beginning to integrate these technologies into their business plans. 

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Can LEDs and Daylighting Work Together?

By Torrin Greathouse | April 18, 2017

Due to the nature of market competition, LED lamps and daylighting systems are often placed opposite each other when we compare sustainable lighting options. To a degree, this makes sense, with each representing the possible savings of artificial and natural lighting, respectively. But do these solutions need to be separate?

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5 Tips for Investing in Sustainable Lighting

By Jeff Brain | April 13, 2017

Oftentimes, because of unfamiliarity with newer, more sustainable products, or worries about the higher investment, sustainable lighting can be a hard sell. However, when building owners do their research and invest in sustainable lighting, they are capable of achieving incredible savings. 

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3 Ways Daylighting Maximizes Savings

By Torrin Greathouse | April 11, 2017

As energy costs continue to increase, as they have been projected to through 2018, it is growing increasingly necessary to invest in solutions which help to reduce costs overall. One solution which offers a range of different ways to reduce your costs is daylighting. While outdated had the potential to actually increase costs, which has made consumers wary of natural lighting, modern solutions are specifically designed to avoid the issues these older systems faced. 

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Why Your Roof Space is a Valuable Commodity

By Jeff Brain | April 06, 2017

When considering energy efficient building design, most people tend to focus on the interior of the building. One area that does not receive enough attention is a building’s roof. This is often a versatile area with high square-footage, which can be used to great effect, particularly in dense urban areas.

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How Your LEDs May Be Costing You

By Torrin Greathouse | April 04, 2017

While they have the potential to be one of the most efficient and sustainable artificial lighting technologies currently on the market, many LEDs face design issues which can drastically reduce their effectiveness. Selecting the wrong LED technology has an equal chance of costing you and helping you save. 

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How Natural Lighting Can Reduce HVAC Costs

By Jeff Brain | March 30, 2017

It is surprising for most people to learn, but energy use for heating and cooling can account for up to half of a building’s total energy usage, according to the US Department of Energy. Because of this, reducing HVAC usage in your facility can create distinctive energy savings. One way of reducing this is by incorporating efficient natural lighting into your facility.

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5 Daylighting Pitfalls to Avoid

By Torrin Greathouse | March 28, 2017

As with any technology on the market, as soon as a something proves itself competitive on the market, cheaper, less efficient competitors will soon appear. Because of this, investing in efficient skylights can be challenging. Over the years, however, several shared traits have arisen that can be used to easily locate a lower-quality system. 

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