Retail Skylights Increase Sales Up to Forty Percent

Putting skylights into a retail location has shown a positive and significant correlation to higher sales.

A study by HMG found that remodeling to include retail skylights could increase sales up to 40%. They also found that a well designed skylight could save the retail location up to $0.66 per square foot on energy costs. Though the energy savings are nice, HMG reported that the increase in sales from incorporating retail skylights was at least 19 times greater but usually resided around 45-100 times greater.

The link between high consumer activity and skylighting occurred despite the fact that many of the customers interviewed stated that they were unaware of the presence of the retail skylights.

When interviewed, the customers reported that they frequent the skylit stores because of positive environmental feelings, such as stores feeling cleaner, more spacious, more open or brighter, and no seasonal variation was detected. Researchers concluded this suggested a long-term customer loyalty effect and not a short-term impetus on sales.

The increase in sales resulted in both more foot traffic to the retail location, and a rise in the number of average customer transactions.

The study reported customers purchased 1% – 2% more in the skylit stores.

The retail skylights also benefited the employees working in the location as well. They reported feeling happier and an increase of moral, better customer service, increased productivity and a decrease of missed shifts and sick days.

How Daylighting Impacts Our Productivity

Increase Your (Or Your Employees) Productivity with Proper Lighting and Temperature

Daylighting has many benefits, and while most companies and studies focus on cost reduction, daylighting can have a more subtle, yet equally important benefit for yourself or your company.

People who work in natural daylight work more effectively, work longer, feel healthier and happier by the end of the day.


9386-7901Most people notice the difference between daylight and artificial light (think about working another day in the office, or spending the day outside) but typically don’t equate it to natural lighting.

A recent study by Mirjam Münch (and others) compared the two environments and recorded how performance, sleepiness, and hormonal activity. They studied two groups of people, one worked in natural daylight, the other in artificial lighting for 8 hour periods. Their results:

Subjects felt significantly more alert at the beginning of the evening after the DL (daylight) condition, and they became sleepier at the end of the evening after the AL (artificial light) condition. For cognitive performance we found a significant interaction between light conditions, mental load (2- or 3-back task) and the order of light administration.

4325_Foothills_Academy_PIn other words, even after just one work period, people felt more awake at the end of the work day (and through it) and slept better that night when working in natural daylight versus artificial light. They also performed better, especially on more difficult tasks, in daylight than artificial light.

One more important finding is that our cortisol levels drop significantly under artificial or poor lighting conditions. Cortisol controls our stress and energy levels, losing it prematurely means you are more tired and stressed throughout the day.

To put it briefly, spending the day in dim or artificial light makes us sleepy, less productive and stressed. This can be powerful knowledge to have in home and office design. Paying attention to your and your employees rhythms and needs can improve your and their productivity and make the place a more enjoyable environment.

Saving Energy With a Good Daylighting System

Properly designed daylighting systems save energy and costs

Artificial lighting requires large amounts of energy and can represent as much as 50% of the electricity consumption of a building. Artificial lighting also generates a large amount of heat. When a good daylighting system is considered in the design phase the HVAC system can be reduced in size and operational cost will be lower.

Replacing artificial lighting systems with an effective daylighting system can reduce a building’s energy costs by as much as 30% to 70%. It is essential that lighting controls be utilized in a good daylighting system.  If the artificial lights are not turned off when the appropriate light levels are met the daylighting system is probably not saving any money on energy.

There are skylight manufacturers that tie the available daylighting into the lighting controls to always insure correct amounts of light and at the same time manage costs to avoid waste.

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A new way to install Polycarbonate panels that provides the ability to easily remove a particular panel anywhere within the system

At first glance you might think that this new product is just a marketing gimmick. However, this product really is revolutionary. I love when a manufacturer makes a good product, but I even love it more when a manufacturer tries to improve what they have already designed and sold successfully. The bullet points listed below are important but one of the keys to the success of this “new” product is the time savings on installation and the ability to have a seamless system that you can still remove an exterior panel, if need be. Click the link below for more detailed information and/or contact us for a quote or someone to talk to, to help with your project.

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