I Saw the Light: How Daylighting Adds to Your Bottom Line

Last night, I was at my daughter’s school for Meet the Teacher and I noticed that every window had the shade drawn. Naturally, this saddened me. I discovered it was due to the fact the windows were letting in so much Texas heat they had to keep them pulled. It made me realize how important daylighting is on people of all ages and in all environments.

Regardless of the location or environment, having access to natural light—or daylighting—is more than a trend. Hospitals, universities, corporate offices, and hospitality venues understand the benefits of the right use of daylighting, and frankly, how it impacts the bottom line.

Numerous studies from various sources, including the ALA, ScienceDirect, universities, and health publications, directly relate the exposure of natural light to human wellbeing. Exposure to daylight regulates melatonin, the chemical in the body that regulates our internal clock. In the workplace, this stimulus keeps workers on the right sleep pattern and helps increase productivity.

Performance is enhanced through the stimulation from natural light and reduces afternoon fatigue. Exposure to natural light can decrease seasonal affective disorder, a type of depression related to the seasons; level mood swings, and promote a more satisfied employee. A study by Texas A&M sites that hospital patients with a room view to trees recover 8.5 times faster than patients with an interior room.

But lets face it, even with the proven facts, who wouldn’t want an office with a view? The challenge in today’s world is how to give access to everyone in the office, especially in densely populated spaces. Here are some great examples of exposing light for everyone’s enjoyment. These images depict a range of work environments, from health care facilities and universities to traditional work environments, as well as some outrageously open environments.

Take a deep breath and let these spaces inspire you and your health.