How to Really Compare Prices of Industrial Skylights
By Torrin Greathouse | July 15, 2015
While researching the prices of industrial skylights often seems like a cut and dry process, there is more that goes into it than just the price of each individual unit. A skylight system’s effect on your electrical costs and productivity, as well as the number of units your facility requires, can have a great effect on the overall cost of your installation. Make sure to take all of the following factors into account when comparing the prices of industrial skylights.
The price of each individual skylight is important to take into account, but means very little without an understanding of how many units your facility will require. This depends on not only the size of your facility, but also the optimal light level for the work being performed inside. Look for a manufacturer who can provide you with detailed building lighting plan to ensure you plan for the correct number of units.
Whether it is for a new building, or a building retrofit, the initial cost of industrial skylights is high. Because of this, it is important to judge skylights on not only their initial cost but the savings they will provide. A properly integrated skylight system can substantially lower your energy costs. According to the Department of Energy, daylighting can reduce a building’s energy use 50-80%.
Skylights can also provide a marked increase in worker productivity within a facility. Studies show that exposure to high quality natural light can alleviate stress and reduce employee sick days by up to 6.7%, ensuring a productive work environment.
Return on Investment
The potential savings skylights provide factor into a detail that is even more important, the time it takes for your industrial skylights to return on your investment (ROI). Despite the high cost of investment, many systems more than pay off their initial cost through reduced utility bills and increased productivity. The speed at which this occurs, however, differs from product to product. Before making a large investment, you want to ensure that the skylights you invest in offer a short ROI, so you can start to experience the benefits of your lighting solution sooner.
Ciralight produces a cutting edge solar-tracking skylight, the SunTracker. These devices combine solar-power and GPS technology to precisely track the sun with a set of mirrors and reflect sunlight into a building for 10.5 hours a day. This allows them to provide a brief ROI of only 2-4.5 years.