Using Indoor Sunlight to Improve Your Mood While Protecting Skin and Furnishings

October 23rd, 2019 by Emmariah Holcomb

With November 3 marking the end of Daylight Savings and more pronounced shorter periods of daylight in the northern hemisphere, the International Window Film Association (IWFA) is offering advice to consumers on how to maximize the benefits of indoor sunlight, while protecting the skin and furnishings.

Shorter days and limited sunlight can cause decreased productivity and disturb natural sleep patterns. In more extreme cases the result is a form of depression know as #SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder. Fortunately exposure to bright light has been shown to alleviate the condition and improve performance.

According to U.S. Department of Education, children perform better in environments with natural light. Students in classrooms with the most daylighting had a 20% better learning rate in math compared to classrooms with little or no daylighting.

Similarly, a Cornell University study reports workers exposed to optimal daylight had a two% increase in productivity, the equivalent of an additional $100,000 a year of value for every 100 workers. Workers in offices with optimized natural light also reported an 84% drop in symptoms of eyestrain, headaches and blurred vision symptoms, all of which can detract from productivity if not addressed.

β€œOn the other hand, too much indoor sunlight can be too bright and too warm, causing glare and thermal stress,” said Darrell Smith, IWFA executive director. β€œThe key is to balance the need for abundant natural light with the need to offer an even comfort level and protection for the skin and furnishings from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays,” he added.

Professionally installed window film may allow in ample natural sunlight without the downside risk of harmful UV rays that may damage the skin and eyes, cause hotspots, glare and lead to higher energy costs.

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