The Benefits of Natural Light vs Artificial Lighting


One common misconception is the idea that all light sources are much of the same. It is widely accepted that natural sunlight plays an important role in maintaining a healthy mind and body, but at the end of the day how much difference is there really between the natural light given off by the sun and the artificial lighting created by systems in your home? After all, both play a role in our daily functions, so how big of a gap can there really be?

As it turns out, a fairly significant one. The benefits of natural lighting versus artificial lighting are varied and can affect aspects of your life such as health and productivity.

Natural Lighting Benefits

Research has established strong links between natural light and the part it plays in influencing our moods, health, and habits. Perhaps the most important benefit of natural lighting comes down to how your body responds to it. Natural lighting has a raft of benefits to our health, from helping keep our homes free from bacteria to assisting in weight loss.

Access to a healthy amount of natural light has been proven to help improve and regulate a person's circadian rhythms, helping them to not only sleep longer at night but to get higher quality sleep. Maintaining a balanced sleep-wake pattern will help you feel refreshed each morning, improve your moods, and be more productive.

Working in natural daylight can significantly boost a person's motivation - not only are they taking more pleasure in their work, but they're also working faster. Working in natural light is pleasurable experience and produces better results. There is a calming feeling to working in natural light as it reminds us of being outdoors. This creates a greater stress-free environment.

Another significant benefit of natural lighting has to do with your budget. Maximising the use of natural lighting both at home and at work using Solatube Daylighting Systems, can vastly reduce the reliance on artificial lighting, thus reducing the expenditure on electricity bills.

Natural lighting is a benefit to you and the environment. Reducing your reliance on electricity reduces your carbon footprint and the burning of fossil fuels for electricity production. Halogen-based artificial lighting requires a significant (and expensive) amount of electricity to run throughout a home or office.

Artificial Lighting

None of this is to say that artificial lighting is entirely without its benefits. There is a reason why the electric lightbulb was invented in the first place. The sun will set on your day eventually, which is where the benefits of artificial lighting come into its own.

Artificial light extends our day, giving us greater flexibility to work, play, and socialise. We would all have day jobs if not for artificial lighting. We can study into the evening and conduct leisure activities thanks to artificial lighting.

Artificial lighting is a crucial element of modern home design. Interior and exterior lighting can be altered to create atmosphere in rooms, or add practicality to outdoor spaces. Artificial lighting also adds safety and security to the home and workplace, helping avoid accidents and illuminating the darkness.

The Budget Advantage

Modern technology has helped alleviate some of the financial burden placed on lighting our homes or workspaces. A Solatube Daylighting System delivers free, bright, healthy, natural light to even the darkest areas of your home during the day. The Solatube Smart LED expands the lighting benefits further. Advanced LED technology ensures powerful and efficient lighting to either boost dim daylight or act as a regular LED light fixture, giving you brilliant, cost effective Solatube lighting day and night. Artificial lighting has also benefited from technology, with the uptake in LED globes replacing power-hungry halogens and solar boosted systems becoming the norm in many households.

The Solatube Approach

At Solatube, we understand that having constant access to rich, natural lighting can be difficult based on a number of different factors - the time of year, the position of the sun in the sky, the area of the country where you live and the availability of delivering light into certain areas of your home. This is why we've designed our Solatube Daylighting Systems from the ground up to pipe pure, natural light indoors where you need it the most.

Our Spectra Light Infinity Tubing system, for example, uses the world’s most reflective material to provide the purest colour rendition possible so that colours are truer and brighter at all times. It delivers 99.7% specular reflectivity, allowing for maximum sunlight transfer throughout the day.

With our advanced Raybender 3000 technology, a daylight-capturing dome lens on the roof of your house not only guarantees maximum light capture and rejects overpowering summer midday sunlight, but also provides a consistent daylighting experience throughout the day, even to the darkest corners of a room - guaranteed.

To find out more information about our Solatube Daylighting Systems and the benefits of natural light, please don't hesitate to contact us today.