Natural sunlight and daylighting not only looks beautiful in your home and can help you save on your energy bill, it’s also good for the whole family. As humans, we are designed to need natural light, and yet our modern lifestyles demand that we spend most of the daylight hours indoors. On the other hand, we have become increasing aware of the dangers of excess exposure to unfiltered daylight.
Sunlight plays a crucial role in the physical and mental development of children as well, and all children should get a healthy amount of daylight each day. Here we look at how natural light benefits children and how you can incorporate more natural light indoors.
Daylighting Promotes Healthy Physical Growth
Studies have shown that children who spent their days in daylit rooms showed more signs of healthy development, such as growth in height, healthy weight gain and fewer dental cavities. The additional vitamin D absorbed from the sunlight strengthened bones and teeth. Sunlight also aids in the healthy development of the eye and vision.
Installing tube skylights in studies or children’s bedrooms can help to encourage a safe, filtered source of sunlight for children year round, for better health and development.
Better Academic Performance
A study of 21,000 students in three different states in the U.S. found that students in classrooms with ample daylight progressed 20% faster on math tests and 26% faster on reading tests in one year than students with limited or no daylight. This shows a clear link between daylighting and better academic performance.
After daylighting was added to schools in Pittsburgh and North Carolina, attendance increased by 2.5-3%, a significant enough change to earn the school additional state funding.
Daylighting Encourages Better Behavior
Studies in Canada and Sweden have shown that daylit classrooms promote better student behavior, as well as health. Using daylighting technology such as light tubes that filter the natural sunlight to remove glare and heat can also help to downsize heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, which reduces classroom noise and produces a more effective learning environment as well.
Tubular Skylights Increase Sunlight For Better Mood
For both adults and children alike, exposure to sunlight can help to boost mood and energy. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a mood disorder characterized by depressed feelings due to a change in seasons and lack of sunlight. Installation of advanced tube skylights can maximize sunlight indoors even during dim winters in Northern climates, to support and maintain healthy mood and better concentration.
Because of the clear advantages daylighting using tube skylights can offer to children’s development and learning, many schools are now incorporating light tubes in classrooms to reduce electricity usage and provide a better learning environment for children.
Installing tubular skylights at home in children’s bedrooms, study or play areas allows you to maximize children’s exposure to natural sunlight without the unhealthy side effects of glare and UV radiation that can occur with traditional skylights. Tube skylights create a healthy, functional and safe source of sunlight for children at home and at school for better growth, development and happiness.