March 30, 2016 1:49 am
To achieve the look, adequate lighting is key. Most homes will require a mix of natural lighting with accent lighting, which shines light on architectural or decorative elements; ambient lighting, which provides overall lighting; and task lighting, which focuses light into specific areas.
With the variety of lighting products available on the market, the latter three can be adapted with ease to suit your home’s needs. The level of natural lighting, however, very much depends on your home’s location—a factor that can be limiting.
If your home doesn’t receive as much natural light as you’d like, sky lights may be the answer. Sky lights are a low-cost, high-impact feature that not only increases natural lighting, but also offers energy-saving benefits. ENERGY STAR-qualified, fresh air sky lights, in particular, can help reduce dependence on artificial lighting and mechanical ventilation, which can save you significant expense each month.
Light-filtering, light-blocking or light-controlling solar-powered blinds can also improve energy efficiency in tandem with sky lights, sometimes by as much as 45 percent. Some models are even operable by a programmable remote control, and may be eligible for a 30 percent federal tax credit.
Source: Velux Skylights
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