5 Reasons to Switch to Daylighting

You already have perfectly good electric lights in your home. But are they really as perfect as you think? Here are 5 reasons to consider converting your electric lighting to daylighting using a tubular daylighting system.

Reason #1: Daylighting Saves You Money 

Each time you flip on your electric lights, you pay a fee to your energy company to power them. The more you use your lights, the more you pay.

A tubular daylighting system uses solar energy to light your home’s interior. That means you’ll pay nothing to light your home during the daytime because you’re not using any electricity.

But what happens when the sun goes down? While tubular daylighting systems can’t provide natural light at night, many manufacturers offer optional electric light kits that can be installed inside the daylighting system to light your home in the evening.

A hybrid system is an even better option. These unique models combine daylighting with LED lighting so you can illuminate your home day and night while saving up to 94% on your lighting energy bills.

Reason #2: Daylighting Renders Colors Better 

Have you ever dressed in a black shirt only to find out it’s actually navy when viewed in sunlight? This occurs because electric lighting in homes can range in hue from bluish to yellowish, which shifts the perceived color of fabrics when viewed under them.

Natural light, on the other hand, provides the truest color rendition of all light sources. With daylighting as your main light source, mix-ups are not a problem because colors are rendered in their natural state without shifts.

Reason #3: Daylighting Reduces Maintenance

Keeping your lights operational takes a certain amount of regular maintenance. When a bulb goes out, for instance, you’ve got to replace it. That means you’ll have to make a trip to the store to buy bulbs. Then you may have to climb onto a wobbly chair or ladder to swap the burned out bulb for the new one. After that, you’ll need to properly dispose of the old bulb in the trash or, if it’s a compact fluorescent bulb, at a hazardous waste facility. Then consider that, at some point, all your electric lights will require a bulb change. That’s a lot of work!

With a tubular daylighting system, there are no bulbs to change. Even with the hybrid systems, light bulb replacement is practically non-existent because the integrated LEDs can last up to 20 years.

You also won’t need to worry about repairing frayed cords, damaged plugs or malfunctioning outlets because tubular daylighting systems don’t use them. This also makes them extremely safe to use.

Reason #4: Daylighting Is Convenient 

How many times do you turn on your electric lights each day? Have you ever found yourself struggling to flip the light switch with an elbow or shoulder when your hands are full of groceries or laundry? Do you find yourself constantly reminding others in your household to turn off the lights when they’re not in the room?

When you use a tubular daylighting device, you’ll never have to flip a switch again. The system delivers daylight consistently throughout the day, so you’ll have the light you need without having to lift a finger. Plus, you won’t have to nag anyone to turn off the lights because there is no electricity being used that will go to waste.

Even the hybrid systems help in this area because some models are able to trigger the LEDs automatically when light levels get low. Occupancy sensors can also be added so the LEDs trigger only when someone enters a space with low light levels.

Reason #5: Daylighting Makes You Happy

One of the best reasons to daylight your home is because it offers many personal benefits. For example, it can improve your mood, reduce eye strain, make you more productive, boost your concentration, and help you sleep better at night.

Environments with unvaried lighting (i.e., electric lighting) can produce low-level sensory deprivation, which results in boredom, fatigue, lack of concentration, lowered mental capacity, and even depression. The variable lighting offered by daylighting provides mental stimulation by clueing you into what’s happening outside as weather changes and clouds shift through the sky.

Solatube Daylighting Systems and Solatube Smart LED Systems offer all these benefits and more. To find out how to get one in your home, visit our Where to Buy page to locate your local Solatube Premier Dealer.

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