- Step 1 - collecting light from the roof
- Step 2 - the transmission of light rays inside a tube
- Step 3 - the diffusion of daylight into the room
- The benefits of natural light
- The advantages of a light pipe compared to a window or a roof window
A light pipe is a powerful solution for illuminating the dark surfaces of a house with natural light. These systems make it possible to light rooms even those that do not have access to external openings to create a window.
The natural light pipe consists of 3 parts: the collection area, located on the roof, the transmission area, located in the attic and the diffusion area, located on the ceiling of the room to be illuminated. The concept is simple but all the natural light pipes on the market are not identical: decryption to choose an effective and efficient light pipe.
Step 1 - collecting light from the roof
The collection of light is done mostly on the roof, usually on the south side to collect a maximum of
light in the day. Some installations can be done in frontage but the result will be less good, especially if surrounding masks like a tree or buildings nearby darken the collection part.
The catch of the daylight is different according to the marks. The most effective will be with a dome in the shape of a half-sphere because it captures the light at 360°. Generally acrylic, the dome is even more effective when it includes prisms that can redirect the rays at low angles like those of dawn or sunset: the gain of light in your room will be 2 hours per hour. compared to a roof window.
Step 2 - the transmission of light rays inside a tube
When natural light is collected from the dome, the light rays are oriented in the conduit. These rays
come by a rebound game until the ceiling of natural light of your room, called diffuser. This puzzle game is more or less effective depending on the quality of the lining of the tube. Some tube technologies verify that much of the rays collected from the dome can be reflected back into the room you want to light. For this, the tube must be rigid and have a high reflection rate (some tubes have an optimal reflection quality of 99.7%, the best proven on the market) If the quality is lower, too many light rays will be lost and the result will be very effective.
The tubes pass through the attic of a house either vertically or by creating an angle to avoid certain pieces of woodwork or to position the collection dome on the sunniest side of your house and install the diffuser on the opposite side. If a floor is above the room to be lit, no problem: the duct may be hidden in a closet or in a formwork made specifically for installation.
Step 3 - the diffusion of daylight into the room
At the end of the duct is the diffuser. Ideally located in the center of the surface you want to light, natural light blooms in your room. This technology allows you to have a low roof opening for maximum light inside your home.
Important point, also consider choosing a light pipe with a double wall diffuser to limit heat leaks between the tube and your interior.
The benefits of natural light
As you can see, the light pipe offers multiple installation possibilities. No matter the configuration and constraints of your home, it is always possible to install a light pipe to take full advantage of natural light and its benefits.
Real comfort in your home: a bright room will be more pleasant to live. In addition, it is a real asset when reselling your property.
Real colors: natural light gives the real colors to objects, clothes... unlike the electric light that tries to simulate this rendering.
Excellent performance: Natural light has a real impact on our body but also on our mind. Indeed, it represents a healthy stimulant for concentration and performance.
The advantages of a light pipe compared to a window or a roof window
Why choose to install a natural light pipe rather than a window or roof window? The five-point answer:
It is possible to illuminate a room in the heart of the home: With its tube with highly reflective walls, the rays are guided where you want, in any room even in the heart of your home. It is thus possible to illuminate the bottom of a room when the natural lighting of the windows is not sufficient or without direct access to the roof.
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