LED Skylights emit artificial light that closely resembles the visible spectrum of natural sunlight. In its purest form natural sunlight has a temperature of around 5,000 degrees Kelvin and a Color Rendering Index of 100.
Install: Simple process, which any electrician can perform with minimal wiring. No retrofitting required. Controlled by a wall mounted digital control pad which can link up to 60+ skylights. Most companies also offer standard sizes like 2' x 2' or 2' x 4'.
Maintenance/Cleaning: Virtually no maintenance required, and cleaning is fairly easy.
Heat Gain/Loss: LED Skylights do not have any impact on the air temperature. As we move towards building more energy efficient homes, this is a great way to have less openings in the building envelope while still getting the benefits of natural light!
Glare: LED Skylights do not produce UV radiation or glare and do not interfere with projectors or any other light emitting technology. LED Skylights have a dimmable range of 1% to 100%. They provide up to 50,000 hours (5-6 years of continuous usage). This period can be extended by replacing the parts that might fail after the initial lifespan has ended.
Other Notes: Some LED skylights also provide background images of scattered clouds or clear blue sky. A single LED panel can light up to an area of 15 m² with 4,500 Lux if installed at a height of 3 meters. At a height of 6 meters, the same area will receive 3,000 Lux.
Install: Experienced installer required to perform complicated roof alterations, which can prove to be
costly and risky if not done by a professional.
Maintenance/Cleaning: Due to their structure and position on the roof, skylight windows can easily become dirty due to condensation over time, and cleaning them can be a strenuous job. Moisture problems (or leaks) may also arise if the skylight has not been properly insulated.
Heat Gain/Loss: Since skylights are located on the roof, they tend to lose heated air in the winter and cooled air in the summer.
Glare: Because traditional style skylights allow unfiltered sunlight directly into your home, you might experience issues with glare at certain points of the day. Due to their location they may also be a nuisance to have blinds on.