There are a number of benefits to be realised through the addition of a skylight in the design of a new project or a renovation. Skylights provide natural light to help turn dark areas such as hallways, kitchens, living rooms bathroom and laundries into vibrant and bright spaces with aesthetic as well as psychological and health benefits.

Skylights come in a range of different shapes, sizes, glazing, frame and installation details, and careful consideration must be given to the design and selection to avoid potential issues including excessive light and glare, energy loss, overheating and water leakage and condensation problems.

A new guide from leaders in Skylight systems, Skydome, aims to provide architects and designers with an introduction to glass skylight specification, examining the key considerations which must be made as well as the available skylight system solutions available from Skydome.

In addition to the central function of providing additional natural light, skylights can also help to significantly improve the thermal efficiency of a space. To assist in the specification of energy efficient skylights, the Windows Energy Rating Scheme (WERS) maintains a database of energy-rated skylight products. The guide goes on to examine the key measures of the ratings scheme, and the performance of the Skydome suite of products against these measures.

In addition the guide explores selecting the correct size skylight, how to best calculate required dimensions, and consequences in specifying the incorrect size.

Skydome provides a wide range of award winning skylighting products for varying requirements,  including traditional glass skylights, advanced technology tubular skylights for smaller spaces, as well as DayRay – a sustainable LED lighting solution and alternative for when the use of a traditional skylight would be impractical.

To find out more about specifying skylights and the range of Skydome solutions click here and download ‘Specification Guide: Skylighting Systems” from Skydome.