Natural lighting is an important tool in attaining sustainability. The generation of electricity is one of the largest contributors of pollution, which produces harmful chemicals such as sulfur dioxide, carbon and mercury emissions. Production of electric power can also be linked with other environmental issues such as the impact on water quality, increased production wastes, and increased industrial zones. Therefore, reduction in the use of artificial lighting is vital. Here are a few benefits that come with the use of natural lighting.
Reduced energy consumption. The lessened dependency on artificial lighting can help reduce the use of electricity by as much as 10%.
Reduction of mildew or mold built-up. Most diseases, especially chronic respiratory problems are often associated with bacterial and fungal built up in damp areas such as basements and bathrooms. Natural lighting can naturally lessen the production of harmful organisms and sunlight is considered to be one of the best natural disinfectants.
Healthy dose of vitamin D. Ample amount of sunlight can prevent vitamin D and B1 deficiency that may cause diseases such as rickets and beriberi.
-Improved performance due to change in working environment. Many case studies have been conducted that show a significant improved performance on employees where natural lighting have been encouraged in their work environment.
Increased visual appeal in interiors. Natural illumination is still the best type of lighting system used in interior design and can be a challenging, yet rewarding task to successfully incorporate it into a structure or building.
All in all, natural lighting offers an array of long-term benefits that affect the overall health of our living world.
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