Monday, June 24, 2013

Natural Light Keeps Seniors Safe and Healthy

We recently installed two VELUX Solar Fresh Air skylights and VELUX SUN TUNNELS in a residential care home for seniors.

These skylights opened up the space and brought in an abundant amount of natural light.

Care providers, and older adults who live by themselves are now realizing the importance of adequate lighting in their homes.

Abundant Natural Light in your home:
* Insures safety, health and quality of life
* Minimizes the effects of normal eye aging
* Uses less electricity
* Improves the quality of light in a home which  maximizes the abilities and independence of the occupants

One easy and affordable way to improve on lighting is to install a VELUX SUN TUNNEL.

SUN TUNNEL Tubular Skylights are especially great for bathrooms, one of the most notorious rooms for injuries.

The aging eyes of a 60 year old person require up to three times more light for tasks than they did as a
healthy 20 year old, and by the time they reach age 85 they may require as much as five times more light.

Careful consideration should be given to the design of both the day-lighting and electric lighting systems, as well as the materials used within the visual environment of older adults. The best lighting solutions use abundant natural light - daylight,daylight, and more daylight.

Sufficient exposure to bright light during the day and darkness at night naturally regulates your body’s rhythms.In addition, daylight also stimulates the production of serotonin, one of the body’s “feel good” chemicals. One of the most pleasant side effects of serotonin is its ability to cheer people up and feel alert.
It’s like a miracle drug from the sun.

In addition to light for vision, the effects of light on circadian rhythms and vitamin D synthesis are even more important to older people.

The best and most affordable source of the bright light necessary for synchronization of the circadian system is daylight.

Insufficient exposure to sunlight can lead to or contribute to
* Physiological disorders
* Cardiovascular problems
* Immune dysfunction
* Cognitive and functional deterioration,
* Depression
* Vitamin D deficiency and hip fractures

Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to an increased risk of falls among people over 65.

Call Naturalight Solar today for your free day-lighting estimate:

Elizabeth Brawley, AAHID, IIDA, IESNA & Eunice Noell-Waggoner, IESNA, LC

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Bringing Life to Small Spaces

I'm entirely satisfied with my new SUN TUNNELS; they do exactly what was promised, bringing lots of light into a formerly shadowy place. They are inconspicuous and seem as though they had always existed in the architecture of the house.

The installer, Al , was prompt, personable, responsive to my wishes of placement, and tidy.

I am seriously considering the installation of 2 more SUN TUNNELS in the same space, perhaps next year.

Thank you for everything.

~ Ross G., Santa Rosa

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Most Economical Way to Natural- Light Your Home

 My home is so dark that I have to turn on the lights during the day! What can I do to bring in some natural light?

Installing a skylight is a great way to bring in free, natural light into your home. 
 VELUX makes some of the world's best day-lighting products. They offer a large variety of skylights and shades to choose from. 

Getting enough natural light exposure each day makes you feel great.

Also traditional skylights and tubular skylights bring the light in while protecting your privacy. No staring at your neighbor's window or fence!

Traditional VELUX Skylights can be amazing for transforming a room, or getting fresh air into your home. With their many shade options, you can control how much light enters your home.

The price of having a brand new skylight cut into your roof varies depending on site conditions, and size and number of skylights. Usually the homeowner is looking at $5,000 or more.

VELUX SUN TUNNELS are economical alternatives to traditional skylights. They let in a lot of light and can fit in some smaller spaces that wouldn't be possible for  a traditional skylight. There is no heat transfer in or out of your home, and they are a fraction of the cost of a brand new skylight.  

VELUX SUN TUNNELS come in 3 sizes: 10", 14", and 22"
One 10" is enough to light an entire bathroom
and only costs around $500.

...And VELUX SUN TUNNEL Skylights bring in abundant daylight and all its related benefits. Daylight brings out the natural beauty of interior spaces in a way no other light source can. Colors become more vibrant and alive. Spaces become more inviting. 

How long does it take to install a  VELUX SUN TUNNEL?
If I schedule an installation today, will I still make it to my costume party?

Yes! Our experienced installers can have your SUN TUNNELS installed in 1-2 hours per tube!

Call Naturalight Solar today to schedule your
VELUX SUN TUNNEL appointment!

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