National Daylight Appreciation Day Celebrates Benefits of Sunlight on Longest Day of the Year: June 21

June 21st

Benefits of daylight include higher performance for students

Who doesn’t love bright sunny rooms in their home? Well, what about classrooms, where kids spend so many hours of their lives? Studies show (Heshong Mahone) that students in classrooms with daylight actually perform better on tests and have higher attendance rates.

National Daylight Appreciation Day (June 21, 2013) was created as a way to increase awareness about the benefits of incorporating daylight in all aspects of our lives. Since daylight is free and energy efficient (no electric lights needed), there is a movement afoot to incorporate it everywhere from homes and offices to colleges, universities and schools.

For example:

  • Several studies have shown that natural daylighting in schools increases student performance. One study, completed for the California Energy Commission, found that among 12 models considered, there was on average a 21% improvement in student learning rates from those in classrooms with the least amount of daylight compared to those with the most. (June 2009 – “ Boulder School Installs Daylighting Device” http://colorado.construction.com)
  • Natural light contributes to increased concentration among occupants and positively affects their emotional well-being and overall mood. Studies reveal that students in rooms lit by an increased amount of daylight consistently progress 20 percent faster in math and 26 percent faster in reading. (May 2010 – “Untangling Daylighting and Mesh” http://www.edcmag.com)

Additionally, here are five of the many benefits of daylight:

Reduce stress and anxiety: You can reduce your stress level with the help of proper exposure to sunlight. Taking some time to enjoy the sun can help you sleep better as you decrease your stress level. If you are feeling anxious, sensible sun exposure on a regular basis can help soothe you. Sunlight is one of the natural remedies to anxiety.

Show your plants some love: Plants appreciate natural light, just like we do, and will flourish when you incorporate it into your home.

Fight depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): There is evidence that sunlight is a natural way to improve your mood. If you suffer from depression, adding moderate sun exposure might help you combat the symptoms. If you suffer from SAD during the winter, you can combat the feelings with the help of natural light. Look for ways to introduce more sunlight into your environment, with the help of Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs).

Better relationships: More sunlight can help your relationships because it offers a mood enhancement.

Improve visibility: Natural light makes things easier to see and provides true color rendition to your décor and wardrobe.

Daylighting is the most cost-effective and beneficial way to light up any interior space while keeping the lights turned off during the day. Daylighting systems (i.e. windows, skylights, Tubular Daylight Devices, etc.) are not only eco-friendly, but they provide exceptional and beautiful lighting.

National Daylight Appreciation Day is sponsored by Solatube International Inc, the leading manufacturer and marketer of Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs).  Since 1991, enough Solatube products have been installed to offset more than 68,590,000 pounds of carbon emissions annually, the equivalent of eliminating all carbon emissions for the entire country of Kuwait for one full day. The company recently launched its Smart LED System, which is a fusion of daylighting and LED lighting that saves up to 94 percent on lighting energy use.

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