Lighting – The effect on your home, naturally

One of the simplest ways to spruce up an old home is by adding light. Ask any real estate agent the first thing they will do when selling an old home, and often their answer is “to brighten it up”.

With so many options on the market, a homeowner’s question might be: “What kind of light should I put in my own home – warm light, white light, day colour light, LED, or natural light?”

The answer is all of them. What many people don’t realise is that you should choose different light for different rooms. Many people don’t realise that light can affect the way you feel, the way you live, the way you work and even the look of your home.

If you can provide adequate natural light through products such as windows, skylights or tubular daylighting systems, you are able to have the best of both worlds. Natural light from the sun is the best source that transitions from warm (sunrise) to daylight to warm (sunset), to ensure you feel great every day. This allows you to use warm light in every room to create a relaxing living space while still utilising the best colour light during the day.

Another issue that many do not realise about sacrificing natural light to LED is the importance of colour rendition. It’s surprising how often colour rendition affects your day-to-day lives. The average 80 per cent colour rendition of LED in comparison to natural light’s 100 per cent is the difference between knowing if that suit is navy or black in your wardrobe; it’s the difference between picking the wrong shade of makeup in your bathroom. Natural light is the choice for turning that old, tired looking home into something that makes colours pop and feel vibrant.

So, what should you choose when it comes to natural light? It depends on what you want to achieve. Windows will allow you to see the sky and create a feature, but if you’re looking to spread beautiful natural light evenly across the entire space, the best way to do this it’s through a tubular daylighting device or tubular skylight. At a fraction of the cost of traditional large windows!