According to the Center of Design For An Aging Society in Portland, Oregon, older people need more light (about 3 to 5 times more than younger people) for both vision and maintaining health. Seniors know that as they age their eye lenses thicken and their pupils shrink. This causes their eyes to adapt more slowly to changing light conditions and increases the need for more light. Velux Skylights and Sun Tunnels provide additional light so that fewer falls occur.
Many seniors don’t get outside enough, so there are other reasons to bring more natural light in. Studies show that Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), evidenced by emotional depression, a drop in physical energy, increased appetite, and need for more sleep, is directly linked to a lack of sufficient daylight. Some researchers are concluding that light therapy may help to alleviate SAD symptoms faster than antidepressant drugs.
Sunlight can enter our dwellings and be balanced through the use of skylights and tubular skylights. Skylights admit 30 percent more light than vertical windows and provide the drama of a sky view that can’t be achieved with vertical windows. Skylights also offer more privacy than vertical windows without taking up valuable wall space that can be used for decorating. It is also a way to stretch fixed-income dollars with a one-time purchase that pays benefits over time by reducing the need for artificial lighting and cutting energy costs.