LIGHTING – Tropical Patterns
USE NATURAL LIGHTING WHERE POSSIBLE AS HIGH LIGHT LEVELS ARE AVAILABLE AND EVEN SHADED AREAS HAVE ADEQUATE LIGHT
Artificial lighting does not have the full spectrum of natural light and is energy intensive to use, so design for natural lighting where possible.
USE LOW ENERGY AND LED LIGHT
Low energy lighting is very advances with LED lights now using very low wattage, lasting over 30 000 hours and providing wide spectrum light.
HIGH AND LOW WINDOWS LET IN THE MOST LIGHT
Mid range windows provide the best views, but high windows provide the best natural lighting and low windows able to pick up ground reflected light.
USE REFLECTIVE BLINDS, SHELVES AND MIRRORS AS WELL AS WHITE CEILINGS TO REDIRECT NATURAL LIGHT TO DARK INTERIOR AREAS
There is no need to have internal lights during the day in high light tropical areas. Use reflection to redirect light into the cooler interior rooms without the heat gain of direct windows.
IF USING GLASS IN WINDOWS, USE NEWLY DESIGNED GLASS THAT MINIMISE SOLAR GAIN
Tropical light through windows builds up high temperatures inside the house. Reduce this by using newly designed glass that has low heat gain.