Many architects and interior designers nowadays choose to use a skylight as an excellent, effective natural lighting solution in enclosed spaces. The skylight is a transparent window, which can be installed in walls or on roofs. It is a functional, ornamental means of introducing ventilation and natural sunlight into such spaces.
The skylight can be located in relatively dark spaces such as stairwells and attics, thereby adding natural sunlight to those spaces, substantially altering the ambiance and atmosphere within them, transforming them from gloomy spaces into spaces filled with vitality. In addition, the skylight is highly appropriate for use in public structures, such as in malls and roofed markets.
The skylight allows natural light to penetrate and creates a line of sight to the sky from within the structure, especially if a sufficiently large skylight is built. The skylight substantially transforms the feeling of those below it.
The skylight as a design feature
The skylight has in recent years developed far beyond being just another lighting and ventilation solution. In fact, many interior designers nowadays are choosing to add a skylight in their designs, realizing that this is a first-class design feature. Nowadays there is great awareness of the advantages of introducing natural light into enclosed spaces, including from the health standpoint and due to the mental positive effect it has.
Therefore, architects and interior designers add a skylight not only to spaces which might be dark, but also to more central rooms in private homes and in central spaces in the public structures they are designing. A skylight ceiling can be highly appropriate in roofed public swimming pools, in mall roofs and in public structure roofs and in any space where there is a desire to create a special effect of natural sunlight.
Skylight – Introducing natural light into a space
Many studies in recent years have highlighted the great importance of exposure to sunlight. The effects of sunlight are good not only for our physical wellbeing but also for our mental wellbeing and our mood. People that spend long periods of time in dark places, and who do not get sufficient exposure to sunlight, are prone to depressed moods and various health problems such as vitamin D deficiency. Solar radiation itself can be dangerous to the skin through prolonged, continuous exposure. But when it reaches us through a skylight, insulating materials can be used to filter out the UV radiation, significantly reducing the risk. This way it is possible to enjoy the best of all worlds – natural light without endangering the skin as a consequence.
Other properties of the skylight
Besides letting in a great deal of natural light, skylights can help with thermal insulation, whereas the entering light does not create heat stress within the enclosed space. The skylights facilitate insulation not only against heat, but also against radiation and noise.
When installing a skylight, it is possible to choose whether to add a manual or electric opening mechanism depending on the needs and location of the window itself. If an electric mechanism is selected, this enhances the convenience of controlling the window and it can easily be closed when necessary.
Designers have a broad selection of different models of skylight windows. Skylights can be made in different sizes and for different locations within enclosed structures. It is also possible to install multiple windows side by side, each opening individually and allowing control over the amount of light and air entering at any given time.
Plazit-Polygal’s skylight windows are available in a broad selection of types and sizes. Many leading interior designers in Israel choose to use the Company’s materials to create high-quality, useful skylights, which deliver ideal lighting and ventilation solutions.