What is Daylighting?

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Daylighting refers to a passive architectural strategy for modelling how natural light enters a building and the effect it has on the environment inside. The practise is based on a distinction between direct sunlight and diffused daylight as discrete sources of natural light for your home, with the latter being the preferred option. 

The health benefits, both mental and physical, of a home well-lit by natural light are well documented, but without careful planning, it’s easy for areas to be either too bright or not bright enough. 

Hugh Metcalf

Hugh is editor of sister title Livingetc.com and former digital editor of homebuilding.co.uk. He has worked on a range of home, design and property magazines, including Grand Designs, Essential Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms and Good Homes. Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture and green homes, and moonlights as an interior designer, having designed and managed projects ranging from single rooms to whole house renovations and large extensions. He's currently renovating his own Victorian terrace in Essex, DIYing as much of the work as possible. He's recently finished his kitchen renovation, which involved knocking through walls, and landscaping a courtyard garden, and is currently working on a bathroom renovation.