A skylight can let in five times more natural light than a window of the same size.
A bright, airy kitchen makes a pleasant working environment and adds value to a home, however many kitchens are set at the back of houses and face south without large windows to let in natural light. Conventional opening skylight units in a kitchen are popular and let out food smells and heat – particularly useful in open-plan homes.
Lounges and dining rooms
Most living areas in modern homes have large windows, which allow in sufficient light. However, in older homes, south-facing homes, or those with covered patios that block the light from living areas, you may wish to brighten up your living areas by installing conventional skylights.
Covered patios often reduce the amount of natural light reaching the living areas that they lead from, so installing skylights on the patio will help with the amount of light entering the living areas. In order for enough natural light to reach the adjoining rooms, skylights above the windows and sliding doors need to be the same length as the door or window and between 900-1 000mm wide.
Usually situated on the south side of homes, bathrooms mostly have small high windows, allowing little light inside. Conventional opening skylights will make a huge difference and will also let out steam and moisture.
Often set between the bedroom and the bathroom with no natural light source, dressing rooms usually require electrical lighting. Sola skylights are ideal for adding natural light in small dressing room areas.
Entrance halls and passages
Conventional skylights will give your entrance hall a bright, welcoming feel, which is important as this is the first impression visitors have of your home. Passages are usually dark and lights are often left burning there. Conventional skylights will suit passages in a home with a low pitch roof where the depth from the roof to the ceiling is relatively low, while sola skylights are great for passages where the house has a steeply pitched roof and where the depth is over 2.5m between the roof and the ceiling.