Eco-friendly Lighting: Plan a Sunroom Addition
Sunrooms create warmth and eco-friendly lighting during colder months by capturing solar heat from the sun. Some of the benefits of sunrooms include cost- and energy-efficient lighting, architectural interest, and greenhouse functionality. Plus, sunrooms provide unique lighting design options not suitable for other areas of the home. Here’s how to plan a sunroom addition:
- Orient the sunroom toward the south to get the maximum amount of sunlight during the winter.
- Choose glass walls rather than glazed plastic because it’s more durable, doesn’t fade or yellow, and retains heat better.
- Include skylights if the sunroom will be used as a greenhouse as well.
- Use dense construction materials such as concrete and stone within the sunroom to retain as much heat as possible.
- Consider ventilating with windows, doors, and skylights for year-round use.
Lux Lighting Design created an English conservatory (above) with a lighting design that maximizes indoor and outdoor viewing. The lighting features include perimeter ledge uplighting to highlight the conservatory’s architectural beams, a handmade decorative pendant for inside lighting, exterior wall-mounted lighting to provide safe and stylish pathway and stair lighting.