become more important in recent years. The sustainable design movement has
created market drivers that are slowly shifting daylighting back into the
mainstream of commercial construction.
Daylighting has been demonstrated in numerous studies to be linked to energy savings, increases in worker productivity, higher student rates of learning, and higher retail sales. People prefer views that enable them to connect with nature and a sense of time. Providing a view to the outside can increase worker morale and productivity.
Skylights, view windows and other daylighting
strategies can become potential sources of glare and heat gain from direct
sun penetration. Lighttex can intercept daylight entering the space and
redistribute it in a soft, diffused light proportional to the amount of
direct sun blocked.
“You can visit a lot of media companies today and you’ll find the majority of the people don’t see daylight,” says Saf Fahim, Principal of Archronica Architects, architect for the Newsplex project. Fahim conceived a space that utilized Lighttex as walls to enable penetration of daylight and a sense of view into a large multimedia space. “They have absolutely no idea when it’s day when it is night, is it sunny, is it raining - no contact with the outside… Lighttex became what we call a mediator between the inside and the outside. It’s a mediating element that in fact allowed us to break the sunlight which can create a major hot spotin lighting termswithin the space. It does cut on the sunlight and turns it into a diffused light.”
Study. See the results of our daylighting study that demonstrate a strong potential utility for Lighttex Soft Egg Crates in daylighting applications. The study includes Lighttex applied to skylights and windows.
Lighttex Sunblocking Calculator. See the exact
percentage of blocked sun for any latitude, longitude, season, specific
time and window orientation. Compare the performance of Lighttex to
conventional horizontal or vertical blinds/louvers.
Virtual Showrooms. Visit our virtual showroom. The warehouse turned gallery space dramatically illustrates the potential signature design and views created when combining flat and curved Lighttex modular panels for ceilings and space dividers.
Productivity Studies. Heschong
Mahone Group has conducted numerous studies relating daylighting and view
strategies with improvements in morale, productivity, retail sales and
student learning rates.
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