By Stasya Alla. Light. Tuesday, January 23rd 2018, 02:18:15 AM.
However, a grid of pot lights is not all you need for a balanced light scheme. Notice that this space also includes a pendant, sconces and art lamps (more on those later), as well as a full wall of windows. Including at least three layers of light, from different categories and in different locations, eliminates strong shadows and adds a sense of sparkle that allows all the other furnishings to look their best.
In a renovation, on the other hand, we have to consider what effect a new skylight will have on the efficiency of the existing building. In some cases the additional sunlight (and therefore heat) can help reduce the amount of energy needed to heat the house. It depends greatly on the local climate, but also on the design of the building envelope of the house.
A skylight is like a window on your roof. Simple skylights can be used to bring extra light to a room as a substitute for artificial lighting throughout the day. More complex skylights can even offer an access point for roof maintenance (ideal for checking up on a green roof, for example). Skylights can be fixed, vented, tinted or even combined with an automated shutter system, and can include a fly screen. A light tube, on the other hand, is good for rooms that don’t have a ceiling at roof level. It’s basically a reflective pipe that bounces the daylight down to the room where it is needed. Light tubes can be combined with lighting fixtures, so the same area that lets in daylight during the day can double as a light for the evening.