Maximizing natural lighting in our homes

Energy crisis experienced by our country today resulted in a lack of electrical energy. More than 60% of electrical energy consumed by the settlement. Responding to this, we need to prioritize energy savings. When designing a house, energy saving should also be considered. One way to save energy is to reduce electricity consumption for lighting during the day, so that no wasteful electricity. Another advantage is that it also saves money saving rental power. Steps to be taken is to maximize natural light (from sunlight).

The sunlight coming through the window is determined by the large number and shape of the windows. Estimated size of the window need to meet the need of sunlight. Form of elongated windows up causing quite a lot of incoming light, but less good light distribution. Laterally elongated shape window is more effective to provide optimal lighting.

In addition, window coverings also contribute to light a dark room. Preferably, the windows have curtains, or other coverings that can be set so that the lightness and darkness in the room can be arranged as well.

Materials shutters also play a role in the inclusion of lighting. Clear glass is the best material to pass light into the room, the light went up to 90%. Colored glass can reduce the incoming light into a very small up to 10%, for example black glass. Opaque materials such as plastic, frosted glass or white glass fiber also absorbs light up only 30%. That is, the more nodes

glass, the more it can continue into the light. For the space of hidden or less lighting, better not wear colored or opaque glass.

In addition to window coverings materials, other ingredients to consider are finishing the walls, the color of furniture, ceiling and floor. Basically the best color to reflect light is white, so white walls very well to minimize artificial lighting. The black color is the worst color to reflect light, making the room darker. Pastel colors are often chosen because it is good enough to reflect light and the impression the room is warm.

Furniture should also receive attention with the color accordingly. The color of young furniture, such as pastel colors, will help reflect light better so that natural lighting is more effective. To narrow room and a bit dark, light-colored furniture will help maximize the lighting.

In urban areas, because often the spaces did not get direct sunlight, the lighting a lot depends on the light reflection from the surface of the ground, pavement or from the surrounding buildings. When this happens the steps that need to be taken is to maximize the reflection of the pavement or the land use materials that reflect light well, such as pavement for the white color that reflects light (reflect light up to 70%). The grass is not too good to reflect light (only 6%). This needs to be consulted with the architect in charge of home design.


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