Thinking Green

Natural Lighting

By: Danny Lipford

Natural light in homes can have a positive influence on our mood while reducing the energy used by artificial lighting. Take advantage of natural lighting during daylight hours to brighten up your home by installing mirrors in strategic locations so they will reflect sunlight to other parts of the room. In rooms with little or no natural light, consider installing tubular skylights in the ceiling to provide an energy efficient source of natural light.

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People who live in glass houses….are probably thinking green! Ok, I know that’s not how the saying actually goes, but it brings up a great point. Green can be totally free sometimes. During the daylight hours, take advantage of the natural light to brighten your home. Besides being green, it’s healthy, too. Studies have already proved that daylight energizes us and affects our mood, so open the drapes and take advantage of nature. Be sure to keep any landscaping trimmed so it doesn’t block the sun from your windows. You can also add mirrors in strategic locations to increase the reflection of sunlight to other parts of the room. Speaking of mirrors, here’s a related way to get natural light into places without the benefit of windows, like closets, hallways and bathrooms. Solar tubes are a style of skylight that uses a reflective surface, much like a mirror, to bring in the sunshine. With one of these installed, it eliminates the need to turn on the lights during daylight hours, which means you’ll be saving money while breathing a little life into the interior of your home.



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  • ELYZABETH Says:
    January 15th, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    i also had a bit of trouble playing the led lighting video, it would stop and then no sound, then i could click and it woudl play more but stop again, the only sound was ? a firework popping sound? i do have falsh software so must be a little glich somewhere. more important- that IS my led lights im searching for! yay! now, where are they in stock?
    help?


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    Ben Erickson Says:
    November 10th, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Hi Jennifer,
    Sorry you had problems playing this video. It played fine for me, so it might have been a temporary glitch. If you still have problems, be sure you have Flash software installed on your computer.



  • jennifer Says:
    November 9th, 2009 at 11:10 am

    it did not work it wolud not play for me


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