Skylight: beauty, functionality and energy savingOn December 2, 2021 by blog-admin
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Ideal to give a touch of refinement by allowing natural lighting in an indoor environment, the skylight becomes a good option for those looking for a difference when building.
Its use began in ancient Europe, with the function of illuminating large buildings and aesthetically alleviating the weight of their domes. Indicated to enhance indoor environments, adding this feature even ensures energy savings, as it allows natural lighting to invade indoor environments. Versatile, the skylight can be installed in any room, with no restrictions on size or function.
According to the professionals at the
Studio LK architecture firm, the skylight is basically an element that has the function of allowing the passage of natural light, ventilation and can even help to reduce the weight of structures, depending on the occasion they are used and the type of building.
How a Skylight Works
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Among the advantages of this element, interior designer Avner Posner highlights its decorative and functional role, enabling “the provision of accent lighting, ventilation for a room that cannot have side windows and also energy savings, discarding the need for lights on during the day”, he adds.
Regarding the disadvantages, the professional highlights the issue of the incidence of continuous natural lighting, with the need to install appropriate curtains in the case of bedrooms and living rooms, “so that the entry of natural light does not interfere with functions and uses that require absence of light”, he reveals.
Like light, heat is also a point that must be carefully analyzed. “Attention to privacy: before installing a skylight, observe the surroundings of the residence so that taller buildings cannot see its interior”, warns Aver.
What options are available?
Among the available models of skylights, it is possible to highlight the dome-shaped skylight, the common, the tubular model, the shed, the lantern and the atrium.
According to Aver, the common skylight is made of a semi-transparent material, which is installed in the ceiling, allowing the direct entry of light. “The tubular model skylight, on the other hand, is a system that, through light reflection, allows it to be taken up to 50m from its installation point through appropriate ducts”, he teaches.
According to the professional, the shed skylights are “teeth” on the roof, which allow not only the entrance of light, but also the circulation of air. These types require a more detailed structure of the coverage and a correct orientation to take advantage of the sunlight.
“The skylight with a skylight model can be defined as sections higher than the roof, that is: light enters and the air is constantly exchanged through the thermo siphon principle or forced circulation, in which hot air rises and cold air descends” , clarifies the designer.
The dome or dome models are spherical sections, domed in shape, in translucent material that allows natural light to enter. Finally, the atriums are openings in the roof, which can be covered or not, especially when used in commercial projects or in the center of residential buildings, allowing the entry of light and saving energy.
Regarding the materials for its manufacture, the professional highlights the diversity of possibilities, as long as they allow the entry of light. Among them, it is possible to mention glass, acrylic, polycarbonate-aerogel and Lexan, a material similar to acrylic. “This item can have numerous shapes and sizes, as long as they are properly structured and made so that they are well installed and insulated to prevent the entry of rainwater, for example,” advises the designer.
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For the correct installation of a skylight, it is necessary that the roof covering has been designed for this function, and the subsequent cut of slabs made in concrete is not recommended, except on occasions when it has structural support for such a feat.
What can happen is the replacement of common tiles by transparent options in polycarbonate or made of acrylic. It is essential that the opening where the skylight will be installed has a well-designed project, so that there are no unforeseen futures, such as the dreaded infiltrations.
Installing the skylight
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As informed by the interior designer, the ideal installation of the skylight depends a lot on the place where it will be installed, as well as the construction method adopted and the type of roof in use. “Among the precautions for a functional installation, the open span must be perfect for fitting the skylight, requiring special attention to seal the place, preventing rainwater from penetrating the environment.” It is also worth paying attention to the ideal time to install a skylight, which is at the beginning of construction.
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Regarding the care and maintenance of the skylight, Aver recommends constant checking of the sealing against rainwater and special attention to the use of the room, so that it has protection against the incidence of light and the heat generated, requiring the installation of a curtain appropriate, in addition to taking care of the internal temperature, so that there is no thermal discomfort.
How to find the perfect location for your installation?
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“Generally, skylights are installed in corridors, stairwells and rooms that do not have windows, both for natural lighting and for free air ventilation. Central areas of the house, such as atriums, corridors and some places of coexistence and passage are excellent for skylights”, indicates the professional.
To find the ideal location, as well as the most functional positioning for the skylight, it is essential to have the advice of a trained professional, who will carry out all the necessary checks for a successful installation.
40 environments that gained a new look with the skylight
1. The bigger, the more natural light
PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / ZIZE ZINK ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIORS
In this project, the large skylight provides natural light not only for the upper floor, but also allows the ground floor to be bathed in sunlight as well. A nice way to dispense with the use of lighting in the stairwell area, necessary to avoid possible accidents.
2. Luxury and elegance in a clean environment
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As the space is used for the transition of different levels of the residence, the decor is minimalist, with wooden details with geometric cutouts. The dome-shaped skylight completes the look with a beautifully crafted structure, giving the place refinement.
3. Can also be used outdoors
PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / DANIELLA BULCÃO
Here, the back of the house received a lining elaborated with plaster, guaranteeing the possibility of the room being used regardless of the climate presented. To ensure better use of natural light, the skylight was installed in the connection to the house’s internal environments, making the space more illuminated.
4. It looks beautiful in the kitchen too
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As the kitchen is an environment that requires good lighting for food preparation and handling, installing a skylight ensures even more style and energy savings in the room. In this project, the used parts can be opened, allowing the entry of air inside the residence.
5. Guaranteed lighting, day or night
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This project has good planning, as the skylight positioned above the dining table allows for abundant lighting both day and night for meal times. If by day natural light fills the room, at night the light sources maintain the necessary clarity.
6. A two-room skylight
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Positioned on the upper floor, it guarantees the necessary lighting for the indoor garden to remain fresh and healthy. The large skylight also allowed the entry of natural light on the ground floor, eliminating the need for light bulbs during the day.
7. with cutouts in the plaster
PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / ARMSTRONG ARCHITECTURE
Forming a beautiful and functional design in the gourmet area, the skylight was installed to frame a plaster square positioned above the integrated environment. This arrangement guarantees abundant and even lighting in different parts of the room.
8. for stylish meals
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With a unique decoration, the dining table is highlighted by the natural lighting dedicated through the installation of skylights above it. To complement the charm, wooden beams and pendants in a beautiful shade of blue complete the look.
9. Differentiated skylight
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Known as bruises, these decorative elements still surround the ceiling, adding the function of a skylight to it, in addition to ensuring a more beautiful environment, with personality and abundant natural lighting. The room is even more beautiful with the green of the garden making its presence felt.
10. Wood and glass, exquisite materials
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This stylish gourmet area was made even more beautiful by blending the excessive use of wood in its natural tone and layer of black paint with the glass used in the skylight. As wood has dark tones, this feature ensures a well-lit environment.
11. for a relaxing bath
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There is nothing better than taking a bath and, as a bonus, in contact with nature. Here, the green of the garden invades the internal environment through large windows and the skylight, enabling night baths with a mystical content by allowing the entry of moonlight into the enclosure.
12. A good project makes a difference
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In the form of an atrium, this skylight was centered in order to illuminate the entire TV room. The skylight model chosen was ideal to guarantee sunlight only in the seating and circulation areas, without harming the direct view of the big screen.
13. How about a good first impression?
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The entrance hall is the residence’s calling card, guaranteeing a preview of the style of decoration chosen for your home. Here, the first impression is pleasing, as even for this limited-length environment, special care was taken with decoration and planning.
14. Skylight also in the service area
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Installed in the passage that gives access to the back of the house, the skylight ensures the necessary lighting for the external area of the house, but with the advantage of not suffering from bad weather, allowing the use of the space regardless of climate changes.
15. Welcoming visitors
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Longitudinally positioned in the entrance hall of the residence, the skylight ensures the necessary lighting for the space, since the environment has a wall with natural stones and wood in abundance, balancing and ensuring the personality.
16. Dual function: skylight and access door
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With a modern look and good planning, this skylight also serves as an access door to the building’s roof, which can be opened or closed at any time. If closed, the circle-shaped cutouts allow moderate light to enter the indoor environment.
17. Nook of tranquility and beauty
PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / CARLA JUAÇABA ARCHITECT
The building positioned in the middle of the green allowed a perfect room for moments of relaxation and tranquility, whether reading a good book or listening to your favorite music. In addition to the glass walls, the skylight ensures the entry of natural light, increasing contact with nature.
18. A spa full of personality
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The skylight positioned over the pool provides the necessary lighting, day or night, for moments of relaxation and restoration of energy. Detail for the stone staircase that gives access to the special room.
19. for a brighter kitchen
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Despite the white color prevailing in this large kitchen, the use of gray on the wall and ceiling (using the burnt cement technique) provides a decrease in the lighting in the room, so the use of the skylight fits like a glove to give the required clarity.
20. Strategic position and stylish decor
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The skylight was positioned over the bathtub, allowing natural light to diffusely penetrate the room. To ensure a more harmonious decoration with the rest of the environment, the piece received a structure similar to the mosaic coating seen at the site.
21. The beauty of details
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Installed with the objective of abundantly illuminating this kitchen, the skylight gained a metallic structure in a black color similar to the one used in the glass door at the back, ensuring a more harmonious look and making the room even more beautiful and with personality.
22. Mix of wood, steel and glass
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With the planning well done, this skylight was installed to allow the lighting of two different levels of the residence at once. The piece received a white painted steel structure, contrasting beautifully with the abundant wood on the upper floor.
23. No matter the size, it makes a difference
PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / ARCHITECT PAULA ROQUE
Although this bathroom has a bathtub, it has discreet measures. In this case, the implementation of a longitudinal skylight in this beautiful room allows, in addition to energy savings and a look full of charm, the feeling of a wider environment.
24. The sky is part of the decoration
PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / PAAL ARCHITECTURE
One of the great advantages of choosing to install a skylight is the possibility of integrating the look of the external environment with the internal one. In this case, the blue sky with few clouds creates a beautiful contrast against the brick wall, enriching the decor.
25. Valuing environments
PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / TAYNÁ GONÇALVES
With a simplistic decoration, this environment does not have many features: only the use of white in abundance and few details in varnished wood. To further enhance the minimalist decor, the skylight makes beautiful designs by letting in sunlight.
26. Positioned in the corner, illuminating the bench
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Planning for the installation of the skylight in this kitchen was essential to ensure the necessary lighting for the handling and preparation of food, as it is located above the wooden countertop. For an even brighter environment, plenty of white.
27. And why not in the closet?
PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / EUGÊNIO SCHITINE
This closet ensures access from the bedroom to the bathroom, accommodating the items of clothing and facilitating access to them after showering. As this environment does not normally have windows, there is nothing better than a skylight with a matte finish, which allows natural light to enter, but in moderation.
28. The beauty of the black and white duo
PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / LIMA ALVES ARCHITECTURE
There is no combination as classic or elegant as mixing black and white colors in a decor. While the predominant environment used is the white color on the walls, stairs and floor, black figures in the structure of the skylight, in the painting and in the furniture in the background.
29. Highlighting the beauty of wood
PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / STUDIO WE
With a mix of trends and styles, this beautiful bathroom guarantees a breathtaking look by being complemented by the use of the skylight, allowing natural light to enter and highlighting all the beauty of the wood used in abundance and the coatings in white tone.
30. Also used in the hallway
PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / SIQUEIRA + AZUL ARCHITECTURE
A home environment often neglected in relation to decoration, the hallway can also gain prominence in a home. In this example, the spacious environment has glass doors integrating the garden with the interior of the house, in addition to the use of wood and the skylight installed throughout its extension.
31. Economy and style
PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / JULIANA PIPPI
Despite appearing to be a gourmet area located on the outside of the residence, this room is actually the main kitchen, in which the large skylight ensures energy savings, as well as the integration between internal and external space, with a lot of style.
32. Functionality regardless of its size
PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / STUDIO BELLO DESIGN
As the main function of the skylight is to allow natural light to enter an indoor environment, no matter how small it is, it fulfills its function. Here’s a nice example of how a discreet measurement skylight can make a difference in a kitchen.
33. Versatility and beauty
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Positioned close to the side wall of the room, this skylight allows plenty of light to enter, avoiding the need to use artificial light. Versatile, it can be closed at night, ensuring that the environment is completely dark, facilitating relaxation for a good night’s sleep.
34. Ideal for a different runner
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As the corridor has reduced dimensions and normally no windows, adding skylights ensures that the space is flooded with natural light, enabling the organic highlight of decorative elements, in addition to the domestic economy.
35. Tone Contrast
PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / GÁLVEZ & MÁRTON ARQUITETURA
Installed above the winter garden stairs, this skylight has a metallic structure painted brown, a tone similar to the natural color of varnished wood, also seen at various times in the environment. The white color of the walls complements the beautiful contrast.
36. Differentiated lighting for a stylish bathroom
PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / STUDIO MK27
With the walls and floor covered with wooden beams, this bathroom full of character gains a small skylight positioned above the shower pipe, allowing light to fall on the natural stone wall, forming different designs.
37. Lighting the entire room discreetly
PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / ANA CAROLINA CARDOSO
Using a skylight installed throughout the integrated room, in addition to providing a clean and light appearance, the lighting is evenly distributed throughout the ceiling, also providing high acoustic performance and differentiated decoration.
38. Glass wall and skylight
PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / LA KOMBINA
Essential pair for those seeking integration between indoor and outdoor environments, in addition to allowing the green of the garden to contrast with the bench used in the furniture, the glass, together with the skylight, allows the feeling of a room without walls, making the decoration more interesting.
39. More functionality to the pool
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In addition to ensuring natural lighting during the day, the skylight positioned above the pool allows it to increase its functionality, as it can be used regardless of the weather, even on rainy days.
40. for a more beautiful living area
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The integrated environment ensures space to accommodate family and friends, allowing contact with whoever is in the entire space, whether at the dining table or on the sofas scattered throughout the room. For a prettier look, an atrium-style skylight allows light to flood the room.
Regardless of the room where the skylight will be installed, or its measurements, the use of the piece in the construction is a functional and versatile resource, which covers the most varied decorative styles, enhancing the look and ensuring domestic economy. Bet!