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You Can Do Without Electric Lighting During The Day, Can’t You?

by Chris - March 6th, 2013.
Filed under: Guest Posts.

A lot of homes are powered by electricity but you can also take advantage of natural lighting during the day. This will not only reduce your electricity bills but it will also allow you to enhance the ambiance of your indoors. However, you should note that the quality of natural lighting will depend largely on the season. Listed below are some changes you can make to your home to increase natural lighting:

1. Window treatments

The kind of treatments that you choose for your window or glass patio doors will determine how much light will get into your house. Heavy drapes, lined curtains and blinds block light while solar window shades, sheers and other light fabrics will allow more light into your home. However, if you do not want to get rid of your draperies, then you can invest in curtain tie backs. This will allow you to pull the curtains back throughout the day and close them during the night for privacy.

2. Skylights

Skylights are designed with a concept similar to windows and the only difference is that they are installed in your house’s ceiling. You can find them in a wide range of shapes and sizes which means that you are bound to find something that suits your preference. Skylights are usually installed in rooms that are used a lot like the living room and the kitchen. The direction and angle of the skylight will determine the amount and quality of sunlight that comes into your home.

3. Mirrors

You probably did not know that by simply placing a mirror perpendicular to your window is similar to having two different windows. By placing the mirrors strategically around your home, you can reflect the sunlight to dark nooks. Interior decorators advise that the mirror should face something interesting like a good view or artwork.

4. Windows

It may seem obvious but if you wish to maximize natural lighting through your windows, then you should keep them clean. You can also invest in replacement windows especially ones that are made from glazed or vinyl material. This is because they allow you to maintain proper heat indoors and give you freedom to control the amount of light coming in. The placement of your windows also play a major role when it comes to natural lighting. You should note that, windows that face south get more sunlight throughout the day unlike others.

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