Skip the Winter Doldrums

It’s happened. We all set our clocks back an hour this past Sunday and now we are facing the dwindling daylight hours.

As the days grow shorter and the sun moves lower in the sky towards winter, you may find the light inside your home growing dimmer even during the day.

Lack of sunlight is the number one contributor to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and so you’re most likely to experience it in the winter. Adding more artificial lighting will help ease eyestrain, but it will not lift your mood.

Install VELUX Sun Tunnel Skylights now, before you become lost in the doldrums of winter. They will both increase the natural light in your home and lift your mood.

Skip the winter doldrums and get your sunlight before it’s gone!

Read more about VELUX Sun Tunnel Skylights.
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Roofing and Skylights are Happier Together

A newly purchased Marin County home was in need of a new roof and brighter interior spaces. While it had existing traditional VELUX Skylights in good condition, the homeowners wanted to add four VELUX SUN TUNNELs.

This photo shows the existing skylights and new curb mounted Sun Tunnels before being sealed with the white vinyl roofing.

Naturalight Solar was called in to coordinate the installation with Wedge Roofing, who would be installing a new white vinyl roof. Sun Tunnel skylights can be installed on any roof type, but some roofs, like white vinyl, require extra steps for proper installation.

Naturalight Solar built the required curbs for optimal waterproofing and then installed the curbs and four 14″ TCR VELUX SUN TUNNELs. As a finishing touch, we also added colored theater gels to tint the light to a warmer tone, per the homeowners preference.

When our work was complete, Wedge Roofing returned to install the white vinyl roofing, sealing the vinyl up the sides of the Sun Tunnel curbs for a seamless waterproofing.

If it’s time for a new roof on your home and you think you might want to add skylights, give us a call for a free estimate at 707-527-5330. Likewise, if you want to add skylights and it’s nearing time for a new roof, consider having both done at the same time. New roofs and skylights are happier together.

Part Four: 4 Reasons You Need More Natural Light

Last week, in part three, we looked at how having more natural light can Reduce Eyestrain and Headaches.
If you missed it, you can read it here.

This week we will look at how having more natural light can make A Happier You.

Studies have shown than employees and students in buildings full of natural light are happier, healthier, and more productive than those who are working under electric or fluorescent lighting.

Eveer heard of Seasonal Affectice Disorder (SAD)? During the winter, people don’t receive as much Vitamin D from the sunlight and can suffer the consequences, such as depression. A similar problem can occur year round if you spend a lot of time under artificial lighting rather than natural sunlight.

Having enough Vitamin D is an important way a person can stay in a good mood. And this vitamin has numerous other benefits as well, including immune system regulation, body weight maintenance, asthma symptom control, and helping the brain to continue working efficiently into later life. The best way to increase your body’s Vitamin D generation is exposure to natural light.

While no home is the same, you have a plethora of different choices for adding natural light to yours. Skylights are a perfect solution for improving the brightness in any room in your home. Small skylights or tube skylights can even fit into small spaces where you wish you had more light, including bathrooms, stairways, hallways, closets, and laundry rooms. New, high quality skylights are much more energy efficient than skylights from even ten years ago.

   

If your house is dimly lit, it may be time to add natural lighting. Naturalight Solar offers a large selection of skylights to help you live a healthier, brighter life. With our experts here to help you, you can find the right skylight and have it installed in a matter of days.

You can receive a complimentary budget estimate to enhance your home or office
if you call 707-527-5330 or click here.

Part Three: Four Reasons You Need More Natural Light

Last week, in part two, we talked about needing more natural light exposure during the day in order to have a Better Sleep Cycle. If you missed last week’s post, you can read it here.

This week we will look at how having more natural light in your life may Lessen Eyestrain and Headaches.

Do you work all day in a space that has little to no sun exposure, instead relying on artificial lighting? Do your eyes blur when you glance from your monitor to another object? Fluorescent lighting and glare caused by contrasting amounts of light and reflections in the environment can cause strain on your eyes that might even cause headaches and migraines.

Adding natural lighting to your home or office may help stop you from squinting at a computer screen or television. The natural lighting is better for your eyes and evenly distributed ambient light can help reduce glare. VELUX SUN TUNNEL Skylights are an excellent option for office spaces, as the built-in ceiling diffuser helps distribute the natural light evenly through the space, perfect for eliminating glare.

If you don’t have a way to add more natural light in your work environment, try taking regular breaks from the computer, letting your eyes adjust focus by looking at objects both closer and further away, and stepping out into the sunlight for a few minutes several times throughout the day.

Check back next week for the final post in this series.

Part One: Four Reasons You Need More Natural Light

You may have noticed times when you come inside from a particularly bright day and stumble around the house for a few minutes as your eyes adjust to the much dimmer light inside your home. Our eyes are making these types of adjustments all the time, though usually less dramatically. But why make our eyes work harder when we have the option to add more natural light to our lives?

Do you work under artificial lights during the day? Having electric lights on during the day uses up an amazing amount of electricity, and it’s also not very good for your health. Adding more natural lighting could make all the difference in your health and mood. There are more risks than you may think by using fluorescent light in your under-lit home.  Fluorescent lighting creates emission of treacherous chemicals like sulfur dioxide, carbon, and mercury into the environment.

We have four reasons for you to consider letting that sunlight into your home. In this first post we will talk about Energy Efficiency & Environmental Impact.

By increasing your home’s exposure to the sun with new-age, thermal, energy efficient windows and doors, you will reduce the use of your electric lighting. This reduction of electric lighting and increase in natural lighting has a three-fold effect. Using less electricity, and especially fluorescent lighting, will reduce chemical emissions and your carbon footprint. It will also lower your electric bill, saving you money. And, having fewer chemicals in your environment and exposure to more natural light is better for your health. You could also use venting skylights to not only bring in more sunlight, but also fresh air into your home.

The boons of natural light don’t end here, check back next week for Part Two!

Celebrate Earth Day in Sonoma County

We believe in celebrating the earth every day, but Earth Day is a great way to grow awareness and nurture our gratitude for all the earth gives us.

Check out this article from SonomaCounty.com for some Earth Day activities this weekend. From the Quarryhill Botanical Gardens to the Flavors of Spring at Korbel Champagne Cellars to an evening walk and campfire at Spring Lake Regional Park, there’s something to inspire everyone.

If you want to make a lasting difference for Earth Day, while brightening your home, consider installing a VELUX SUN TUNNEL in that dark hallway, bathroom, closet, bedroom, or office. The VELUX SUN TUNNEL brings in the sunshine, eliminating the need for daytime electric lighting, thus reducing your electricity usage and your carbon footprint.

Read more about skylight energy savings here.

Submit your free estimate request here.

VELUX SUN TUNNEL Skylights are for All Roof Types

In just one day, we installed one 10″ and two 14″ VELUX SUN TUNNEL skylights to dramatically brighten the kitchen and bathrooms of this Sonoma County home. Standing in close proximity to surrounding two story homes which shade the windows, the Sun Tunnels bring in additional natural light from the sunny rooftop without compromising privacy.

The rooftop photos show the clean look of the Sun Tunnels on a flat tile roof. Sun Tunnels can be installed on all roof types, though some require additional labor and special flashings. However, in most cases, the tubular skylights remain the most efficient, effective, and affordable option for bringing natural light into your home.

Interested in having VELUX SUN TUNNEL Skylights brighten your home? Submit an estimate request.

Get the Sunshine without the Allergies

Spring has arrived!

 

It’s been a tough winter, with flooding, mudslides, hail, thunderstorms, and just plain cold, dark, dreary days. We are much better for the rain, but now spring is in the air, bringing with it a certain sweet aroma that lifts the spirit.

Step outside and breath it in!

Unless you have terrible spring allergies, then please, stay inside and save yourself the itchy, sneezing agony. But don’t give up the warm spring rays of sunshine; bring that light inside! With a VELUX SUN TUNNEL Skylight.

Installation is a breeze; in just two hours you could be sitting in your very own ray of sunshine.

Want to know more about VELUX SUN TUNNEL Skylights? Visit our blog post: What are VELUX SUN TUNNEL Skylights
Want an estimate for installation? Submit an estimate request.

Celebrate Spring with Free Sunlight

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“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!'”
~Robin Williams

Feel Good This Spring

(and all year round)
When the sun starts shining, and the weather warms up, we start getting that spring cleaning itch.
Open the windows! Air out the rooms! Let in the sun!
There are reasons we are in a better mood when the sun is shining:
Moderate Sunlight is critical for our health and well being.
Sunlight helps us:
  • Create vitamin D, which helps up process and absorb some vitamins and minerals
  • Regulate our waking and sleeping patterns
  • Help regulate blood pressure and glucose levels
  • Think more clearly

There’s and easy way to bring more sunlight into your home all year round.

 

 

 

The VELUX SUN TUNNEL is the economical way to get full spectrum light into your home.

Each tube installs in about 2 hours.

Full spectrum light your home can:

  • Help to keep your eyes healthy
  • Provide safer, well lit rooms
  • Show the true colors of furniture and paintings (without fading them)
  • Improve your mood
  • Improve your mental clarity

Take a look at these before and after photos of this windowless hall:

 

 

 No more turning on yellow tinted lights. Get healthy, full spectrum light without using electricity during the day.

Call us today to find out more about bringing daylight into your home:

707.527.5330

Bright New Accessories

The new year has brought stylish and practical new accessories for your home. These new accessories for VELUX SUN TUNNEL skylights allow you to have the quality of light you want, when you want it.

Decorative Diffuser

Decorative-diffuser

This ceiling level decorative diffuser for VELUX SUN TUNNEL skylights adds style to any decor. It is available in Brushed Nickel, Polished Brass, Oil Rubbed Bronze, or White.

Daylight Controller

ZTK KES daylight controller

This product is electric, connected to a wall switch, and allows users to control the amount of daylight that enters a room. It is perfect for spaces such as bedrooms or entertainment rooms that might need darkening for sleeping or watching a show. It also allows the flexibility of partially dimming.

Manual Blackout Shade

ZTK blackout

The manual blackout shade installs in minutes and uses magnets and a rod, making it simple to operate. This product completely blocks out the light for sleeping or watching TV.

Diffuser Discs

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There are now three options of Diffuser Discs. The standard Frosted Diffuser, the Prismatic Diffuser, and the New Fresnel Diffuser. The Fresnel Diffuser has concentric honeycomb parabolic prisms to maximize light diffusion.

Energy Kit and Quad Diffuser

The Energy Kit (pictured) and Quad Diffuser increase the energy efficiency of VELUX SUN TUNNEL Skylights and ensures they are ENERGY STAR® qualified. The Energy Kit is made up of a thermal plate and diffusing disc. The thermal plate converts a dual diffuser system to a Quad Diffuser system, while the diffusing disc reduces the solar heat gain and increases light diffusion.

Call 707.527.5330 to find out more about getting an accessory with your VELUX SUN TUNNEL.

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