Natural light has positive effects physically, emotionally and psychologically. It also saves on energy costs, which can contribute up to 14% of a home’s electric bill, according to the U.S. Energy Information Service. Skylights are a great way to create natural lighting. David Gorman with RevoluSun tells us about skylights and why they’re becoming more popular, especially in the kitchen.
Living808, KHON2 | June 8, 2016
0:00 Trini: Welcome back to Living808. Now skylights can provide a lot of natural light, and there are lots of benefits to having natural lighting, now that’s what we’re talking about in today’s Energy Innovation…Look at all of this natural light! I love it. We’re talking about natural lighting today, the benefits, there are so many benefits with natural lighting. I am here with David Gorman with RevoluSun. David, tell us what are some of the benefits with natural lighting?
0:25 David: Well as you can see it just really transforms a space. There’s nothing that makes a room more beautiful than bringing in that beautiful natural light, especially into the kitchen. Another thing is we make the house more energy efficient when we’re not using electric lighting to light up the house.
0:40 Trini: Okay, you mention natural lighting especially in the kitchen, why do we see more and more people are having, or want natural light in the kitchen?
0:52 David: Well I think it just adds a nice drama to the kitchen. We have skylights and our skylights we installed are Velux Fresh Air skylight and they actually open and close, so in addition to natural lighting you get some ventilation in the kitchen as well. Sometimes it gets hot, you know, you’re cooking Thanksgiving dinner and the stove is going and the oven is going, it gets really hot in the kitchen. It’s nice to get some of that hot air out and some fresh air in.
1:20 Trini: It is. Now this happens to be your home David, we’re on location, and your wife is here with you. This is Traci Morita and your little one.
1:27 David: This is McKenzie.
1:28 Trini: Hi, McKenzie. Oh, her TV debut! Now Traci, what would you say are some of the benefits of having natural lighting in your kitchen? Because this is your space.
1:40 Traci: Well before we were really dependent on the fluorescent lighting, you know in the original installation. Now that we’ve put the skylights in we don’t have to use the lights at all during the day and even when the kids come home at 5:00 they can still sit at the kitchen counter and do their homework. We’ve also seen a significant difference in the electricity bill every month.
2:05 Trini: I bet, not having to turn on those lights right? Now David, what makes these skylights different from other skylights?
2:12 David: There’s a lot of things, so, for one, they’re glass. A lot of the skylights we see out there are acrylic or plastic domes. So these are double paned glass, they have argon gas between the panes. That helps keep 99% of the UV out, as well as about 86% of the heat, so that’s been, you know, UV coming into the house, heat, people don’t like skylights for that reason. They also open and close. So there’s a little PV panel up there, on the skylight, that powers it, and then you get this little remote control here, and if I hit open, you’ll see now these skylights are gonna open up. Let the hot air out and let the fresh air in.
2:49 Trini: Very cool. Now I remember hearing that—now when it rains, and it’s open, what happens?
2:55 David: So there’s a rain sensor up there, so they’ve thought of everything. It rains every ten minutes here in Hawai’i, right? You don’t want to leave those skylights open, run to Costco, and then a bunch of water gets in the house. So there’s a rain sensor on there. It starts raining, they close themselves.
3:10 Trini: Now, can you customize the shape or the color or?
3:13 David: You can. So they come in a number of different sizes. These are 3’ by 4’, the standard size is 2’ by 4’. That usually is what fits in-between your rafters, and makes the installation a little bit easier. They also can come with solar powered blinds as well. So it didn’t really make sense for us here in the kitchen because we want that beautiful natural light all the time, but if you had it in the bedroom and sometimes you wanted to sleep in, you can control when you get that natural light in and maybe when you don’t want that natural light in.
3:43 Trini: Okay, I love that, because we ended up buying a house that has skylights in the bedroom, and I’m like who would put skylights in the bedroom? It’s awful because there’s no cover, so whether we want it or not we are up when the sun is up.
3:55 David: Well, we’ve got to take care of that. So it’s really easy to actually change the skylight covers out. If you’ve already got other skylights but you’d like to install the Velux skylights, it’s very easy for us to come out, take the other skylights out and put the Velux skylights in.
4:15 Trini: That’s great, because we’ve been having to sleep with blankets and pillows over our heads. Well thank you so much, now when can people try this out?
4:23 David: Yes! So we have seminars in our showroom once a month, they’re on the third Saturday of every month, at 10:00 AM, in the Innovation Center, which is where we usually meet. We have a mock roof in there, with a skylight, that you can check out and control, and see how it works.
4:40 Trini: Alright, David, thank you so much. Traci, thank you. McKenzie, you are just darling. Again, RevoluSun—oh, am I boring you?—bye bye.