We all crave natural light. We search for it in our everyday lives, opening the curtains first thing in the morning, soaking up the sunshine in the garden on a sunny afternoon, searching for the perfect lighting to take a photograph, it’s no wonder many people would prefer to live in warmer climates. This is why many buildings and homes incorporate the use of natural light, to bring the outside world, inside. It gives the illusion of more space and provides a sense of calm and a loft conversion can create this sanctuary.
There are multiple advantages to increasing natural light and dedicating ways to bring more into your home will all pay tribute to this. Incorporating roof windows into your loft is certainly one way to brighten a darkened room and you will notice the difference immediately. Not only will it benefit you, but it could be a long-term investment too, adding value to the property if you decide to sell your home in the future.
Here are just some ways natural light in your loft can help benefit your family, your wellbeing and the planet too.
Heard of the winter blues? Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, is a form of depression that affects many of us during the gruelling autumn and winter months. For some people this may be mild, but for others it can have a more prominent effect and integrating natural light during the darker months can really make a positive change.
We spend a third of our life asleep, so if your mental health is suffering, then it’s likely your sleeping pattern is too. A study found that people who worked in windowless workplaces had more sleep disturbances than those who had access to windows and natural light. Light controls our body clock, also known as our circadian rhythm, and if we are deprived of light, then our circadian rhythm drifts. Over time, this can severely affect our entire wellbeing.
Natural light benefits the whole family, even children. It offers a level of focus and clarity and is an instant mood booster. There is even evidence to suggest that it has a positive effect on children’s learning. In the same way it promotes productivity levels in adult workspaces, it has a similar impact on children. Light in a loft creates the perfect space for homework and studying!
In the UK, the standard household will have about 33 light bulbs. Financially this makes up a chunk of our electricity bills, but environmentally this costs us more. If we swapped our bulbs to LEDs, we could save on bills and reduce carbon emissions by 63kg a year! Fitting a roof window therefore, could would mean even less need to turn on lights in the first place.
Whether you want to enhance your home, help save the planet, or make simple lifestyle changes, the natural light and brightness of loft conversions can create this opportunity for you.