Mirrors don’t only add a decorative accent to homes, offices, restaurants, hotels, etc., they can also be used to enhance daylight.
Daylight harvesting is transitioning from a practice encouraged by energy programs to one required by energy codes and standards. The value proposition for daylight harvesting is fairly simple: as daylight levels increase in a space, electric light levels can automatically decrease to maintain a target task-light level and save energy
Here are some examples of how to increase natural sunlight with mirrors:
- Focus on areas where the light naturally strikes
- Assess natural light changes throughout the day and seasons
- Use mirrors somewhere in or near spaces with substantial natural light
Mirrors can be used to increase daylight penetration deeper into the space and maximize daylight harvesting to reduce the need for artificial light. This is great for those who work in an office, as many studies have shown, natural light enhances people’s mood and behaviour. However it may not always be possible to be sitting right next to a window, so this is a perfect strategy to use. Mirrors also help redirect daylight into poorly lit spaces, which is great for energy savings.
The strategic placement of tilting mirrors provides a large amount of natural light, reflecting sunlight around a space. Mirrors will reflect more sunlight inside a space, which will also make it look brighter and larger. As most interior designers know, mirrors make a room look bigger by reflecting a large portion of the other side of the room and increased daylight will enhance this effect. This makes adding a mirror to a small office or home entrance a winning combination!
In addition, using multiple mirrors can increase light reflection and create an interesting effect, especially in dark rooms. To achieve this, determine where the light is going to go once it hits the first mirror surface, and then place a second mirror in such a way that it reflects the same beam of light. For instance, placing a mirror adjacent to a window or in front of one is a great approach.
Furthermore, mirrors can be used to capture often-neglected sources of natural light, such as skylights and light wells. Ambient light can also be used to reflect gently and add a warm glow in a given space.
Acid-etched mirrors are also quite useful to enhance daylighting. They are perfect for absorbing and keeping light in a selected area of a space and diffuse it for better visual comfort.
Mirrors and acid-etched mirrors can be used in countless applications such as doors, shelves, furniture components, decorative accents, wall cladding, sliding walls, rear projection screens, free standing structures and so many more!
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