It is intriguing to know what had ever prompted man to build windows on roofs, opening up into a vast, limitless expanse of the sky! One of the earliest kinds of skylights were the openings found in the domed ceilings of buildings erected in Rome called Oculi. Though they were a direct access to sunlight, they could not keep the rain away. Later, as domes developed further, lantern were incorporated on the top of them with small glass apertures in the domes themselves that kept the elements away. The play of natural light added drama to the overall architectural appeal. It wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution when the manufacture of glass was perfected that glazed or closed skylights were created.
Three hundred years ago when the Europeans moved into North-east America, they began to build houses that resembled those in their home country. On the St. Lawrence River, houses with windows on their roofs were constructed by the French and fitted with beautiful wooden shutters.
In 1941. A Danish entrepreneur, Villum Kamn Rasmussen invented the modern skylight. He called it a roof window and it began to be widely accepted in Europe because of its practical design.
Old fashioned skylights were simply a single thickness of glass in a frame. Today they are laminated or tempered or have a tinted coating with a low e-value to control heat transmission and UV radiations.
SKYLIGHTS ARE BENEFICIAL
Skylights have a lot to offer in terms of an architectural element on the exterior of the building. They become a decorative factor in the interior of the building too, giving the home a different dimension by the amount of light they let in. A room that could have been dark otherwise is made to look and feel altogether different. Natural light by itself has its own advantages and as it pours into our homes abundantly we gain twofold. More natural light radiates more happiness and productivity because of its positive energy. We need its warmth to sustain us and keep us healthy with its generous supply of Vitamin D for our bones. It keeps away mildew, molds, and unnecessary odors by disinfecting anything that is exposed to it. Resorting to natural light during the day rather than an artificial source, reduces electricity consumption and contributes to conservation.
WE WOULD NOT WANT TO MESS WITH IT
Too Much Of Anything amounts to over-indulgence, and that is the last thing we would ever want to avail of when we consider the ill effects of Sunlight. Prolonged exposure to the harmful UV rays of the sun causes sunburn, dehydration, skin discoloration, pigmentation and even Melanoma, skin cancer. UV rays damage the interiors of the home as they pour in, discoloring furniture, floors, carpets, the paint on the walls and even the objects used for decoration like fine works of art. The direct glare falling on any reflective surfaces inside our homes like our computers and home theaters can be unnerving and discomforting.
POSITIONING OF SKYLIGHTS
While installing a skylight into a roof, it has been suggested that it’s best left to a professional. By gauging the position of the sun at different times of the day, one can make optimum use of it. Generally, north-facing skylights are a source of constant and cool illumination throughout the day. East facing skylights receive maximum sunlight and solar gain in the morning. West facing ones receive maximum sunlight throughout the afternoon and a large amount of heat along with it. For passive solar heat gain, a south-facing skylight is the best choice in winter. Unfortunately, it produces the most amount of solar heat gain in summer.
SHADING OF SKYLIGHTS
Skylights shades is the wisest option one can choose to keep the sun at bay and diffuse the sunlight. All kinds of window treatments can be mounted on a skylight window as an inner or outside mount. Shades, blinds and shutters in a variety of options like light filtering or blackout and in a variety of colors and size options help in taking total control of the sun when it is right on top of our houses.
However, as most skylights are mounted against the ceiling, the window treatments used on them are out of reach or difficult to maneuver when raising or lowering them is desired. Reaching the controls of their mechanical systems is difficult. Manufacturers of such window treatments do provide us with manual options for manipulating them like a sky pole ranging from 6 feet to 9 feet. The effort involved can be time-consuming and tiring. Motorization of these window dressings gives homeowners the pleasure of adjusting them with the simple click of a button throughout the day or with programmable settings on a timer.
MOTORIZED SKYLIGHTS SHADES – A BOON
Can easily adjust hard to reach window coverings.
Conveniently manage glare at the touch of a button.
Effortlessly adjust a group of window coverings especially for the elderly and people with physical limitations.
Automatically protects furnishings.
Instantly create privacy.
Reduce energy costs.
LATEST TREND – TIMER ENABLED MOTORIZATION
The timer, a convenience of modern technology, is an automatic mechanism for activating a device at a preset time.
Radio Frequency signals that are wireless electromagnetic signals used for communication are used in its operation. They are capable of passing through thick walls and can reach anywhere in a typical home.
No external wiring has to be done for its use. The timer itself is powered by batteries.
The wireless mounted timer transmits the radio signals to a small antenna in the motor that is prefixed into the Headrail of the shades being used. A microprocessor in the Headrail decodes the signal to activate the motor, and the shade can be raised or lowered at the preset time.
A timer can memorize a vast number of different timing event triggers, which are organized in a sequential manner from Monday to Sunday or from Sunday to Saturday.
Timers can be programmed to operate at the same time every day or at different times each day. Some wireless timers have sun sensors and operate according to the light intensity.
A timer is set by inserting batteries into it. An LCD display switches on and the time parameters are shown. Three rows of characters are exhibited.
In Row 1, a Transmit symbol appears when the timer unit is actually sending radio signals to the tubular motor. The Days of the Week section is used to determine which of the seven days will be selected during the programming of the timer.
In Row 2, a UP/DOWN Indicator reflects the direction of travel of the shade when the motor is activated. A real time digital clock shows which menu mode has been activated.
In Row 3 of the timer, a Mode indicator determines if the timer is operating in manual mode or automatic mode. A timing set up shows the present trigger time for a particular pre – programmed event.
Programming the timer and creating events for motorization involves setting the current time and date. The Event timing, the Weekly timing and the Daily timing for operating a window treatment on the skylight have to be pre-set.
Timing events for a shade creates a fixed schedule for the shade to be automatically operated by motorization on a seven-day schedule.
By a simple operation, a shade will roll up and put itself away when not needed and put themselves right back to work while you may be taking in some extra hours of sleep on a long weekend. Window treatments on a skylight automatically lower at a preset time in the afternoons to reduce solar heat gain in summers and solar heat loss in winters. So much for Motorization. Create an ultra-modern home with a sleek look with timer-enabled motorization.