Lighting without Electricity: How Daylighting Helps 1.1 Billion People

By Torrin Greathouse | July 22, 2015

It is easy for those of us living in developed parts of the world to forget that there are many people who do not have access to the amenities we take for granted. 1.1 billion people world-wide live without access to electricity. This often deprives them of something essential to our way of life, which we take for granted—light.

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How to Harness the Power of Daylighting Systems

By Jeff Brain | July 13, 2015

The sun is the most important energy source on Earth. Men and women use it to grow plants, create heat and light, and convert its energy into electricity. The sun is an efficient means to create light. It has been used throughout history for this purpose. Today, installing an effective daylighting system with a combination of reliable design techniques and modern technology in your commercial building makes it possible for you to harness the power of the sun to illuminate your building with free, natural light all day long.

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5 Factors to Consider When Adding Natural Lighting to a Building

By Jeff Brain | June 16, 2015

Natural lighting offers many benefits for offices, retail stores, schools, healthcare facilities, and anywhere else that requires interior illumination. Industrial skylights lessen our dependence on artificial lighting and can reduce air conditioning use. Depending on the efficiency of the industrial skylight, you can reduce lighting energy consumption between 50% and 80%.

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4 Daylighting Myths Debunked

By Torrin Greathouse | June 03, 2015

One of the difficulties when considering a sustainability upgrade for your facility is separating facts from fiction. Perhaps more than any other form of sustainable building upgrade, daylighting is affected by these myths. Despite huge advances in daylighting technology, many of the  problems that daylighting systems faced in the past are still viewed as issues today. This is rarely the case. Below are a few daylighting myths which are more fiction than fact.

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Energy Savings with Lighting Controls, Sensors, & Daylighting Systems

By Jeff Brain | May 12, 2015

With dwindling natural resources and rising electricity costs, sustainable energy systems with proven energy savings are making waves in the market. Generating energy savings in lighting can result in a significant reduction in the cost of utility bills. One way to maximize these savings is to use a combination of innovative technology in a single, unified lighting system.

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3 Reasons Why Architects Appreciate Daylighting Systems

By Jeff Brain | May 05, 2015

Before the rise of electric lighting, daylighting was an integral part of architectural design. Although daylighting systems have taken a back seat since the advent of the electric bulb, modern architecture is witnessing a revival in daylighting systems which not only help save on the building’s lighting costs, but also improve the visual aesthetics of the building.     

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Why Daylighting Systems Are a Great Green Investment

By Jeff Brain | April 28, 2015

Daylighting systems take advantage of the natural light that surrounds us everyday. When properly designed and installed, they can provide high energy savings, health benefits, enhanced morale in the workplace, and sustainable illumination with a long-term lifespan.

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Can Commercial Skylights Help Boost Sales?

By Jeff Brain | March 10, 2015

Brands like Abercrombie & Fitch, Louis Vuitton, and Starbucks have been utilizing their brick and mortar store environments to influence the brand experience and help boost sales for decades. A major component, however, which these retailers have failed to take advantage of is natural lighting. Although research shows that daylighting in retail environments has the potential to increase sales up to 40%, many brands have yet to take advantage of the benefits of natural light, when it could be delivered easily through commercial skylights into their retail and commercial spaces.

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The History of Daylighting and Its Importance To Sustainable Lighting Today

By Jeff Brain | March 04, 2015

From the time of the earliest primitive cave dwellings to the development of evermore staggering cathedrals in the medieval Gothic era, humans have used natural light to enrich  interior spaces. Daylighting and window design has always been central to the functioning of an indoor environment.

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8 Stats That Show Green Lighting Solutions Are Worth the Investment

By Torrin Greathouse | February 11, 2015

Whether you are a CEO, building manager, small business owner, or private citizen, sustainable green lighting can have real world benefits for you or your company. While there are many green lighting solutions on the market today, the potentially high cost of a lighting upgrade can be intimidating and may overshadow the numerous benefits of investing in this new technology.

Here are 8 incredible statistics that show why sustainable lighting is worth the investment.

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