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Solar Lighting in Schools Affects Student/Teacher Well-being

Sunlight saves energy, provides natural light and reduces energy costs with daylighting solutions for schools.

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School Lighting ... a Daytime Task

It makes sense for businesses and commercial buildings that work 24/7 to rely heavily on elecrical lighting.  But for commercial buildings such as schools -- that are daytime only buildings, there is a very DIRECT way to achieve quality lighting.

Daylighting is the use of windows and solar tubes, or Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs) to directly use the free sunlight that floods our communities almost every day.  When this sunlight is used directly as light, maximum savings are achieved.  Not expensive solar PV or solar thermal systems are needed.  Simple window and ceiling lighting tubes can focus light where it is needed.

It's not quite that simple, I'll admit.  Windows need curtains or blinds to prevent glare.  And there are rainy days that have less light than others.  But if your school could save, say 50% on electric lighting costs...and provide people with quality natural light, wouldn't that be worth investigating?

Daylighting is the solution.  There is a growing network of companies that offer various solutions for daylighting such as tubular lighting (an updated version of skylights that is much more efficient), windows with film coverings and coverings to provide control over degree of lighting...and light shelves that bounce raw sunlight into interiors...and loft windows that bring light into the interior of the classroom.  Solutions abound.  All that is needed are the parents and administrators, teachers and students to rise up and investigate WHICH solutions fit your local needs best.

Daylighting Is an Energy Efficiency Idea Whose Time Has Come

When one considers that nearly 55 million people — or 20% of the nationís population — spend their days inside of a school building (either as students or staff), it is clear that these facilities have a major impact on the quality of life of our citizens.

"Ample, quality daylight is finally being looked at as a basic human necessity, rather than simply window dressing," said Digert. "While we still have a long way to go in transforming our educational facilities to their full potential, we are making tremendous strides. We have gotten back to basics with natural lighting, combining it with todayís technology to improve upon Mother Natureís design."

Solatube International Inc., based in Vista, Calif. (northern San Diego County), is the worldwide leading manufacturer and marketer of Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs).

SolarTubes, Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs)

The companyís flagship product, the Solatube Daylighting System, provides a revolutionary natural lighting solution for all types of residential and commercial applications. The maxim Innovation in DaylightingTM reflects the company's commitment to the development of breakthrough daylighting technologies, which has resulted in numerous patents dating back to the mid-1980s. Widely recognized as the industry innovator, Solatube International has earned acclaim around the globe for its unrivaled ability to transform interior spaces with the power of daylight.

For more information on the Solatube Daylighting System or other products manufactured and marketed by Solatube International, including solar-powered attic ventilation fans, please visit the Solatube website at www.solatube.com or call 888-SOLATUBE (888-765-2882).


Edited by Carolyn Allen, Managing Editor of Solutions For Green

Publication Date: 6/13/2010
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