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Tips for Adding Light to a Dark Apartment

Posted: Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016 | Filed under: interior design, natural light, nyc apartment, Roller Shades, Solar Shades
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Apartment Lighting
With space at a premium in NYC, many apartment residents face the challenge of adding light to a dark space.  When natural light is maximized, rooms feel more spacious and comfortable.  Following are tips for adding light to a dark apartment.
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How to Make a Small Apartment Feel Bigger

Posted: Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 | Filed under: interior design, natural light, nyc apartment, Solar Shades
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One of the most common questions asked by New York apartment residents is how to make a small space feel bigger.  The choice of color scheme and furnishings that are part of your interior design concept can make a small space feel either claustrophobic or spacious.  Window treatments and lighting are other design elements that make a big impact in a tiny apartment.
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Improving Workplace Productivity Through Natural Lighting

Posted: Thursday, August 5th, 2010 | Filed under: Greener living, Shading systems
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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a serious condition usually occurring in the winter months, but can also be a result of extended periods spent in a window-less room. Sometimes called the “winter blues,” SAD causes depression, loss of energy, decreased interest, anxiety, social withdrawal, sleepiness, and difficulty concentrating. Certainly these symptoms are the antithesis of what employers are seeking in a productive worker. At the same time, organizations wish to lessen outside distractions or glaring sunlight. Do not cover those windows just yet.

Natural lighting can increase productivity

Natural lighting can increase productivity

Completely blocking out daylight could negatively affect employees. Artificial light does not have the same beneficial effects as natural light. Those benefits include increased productivity and elevated mood.

Organizations must figure out how to maintain the positives, while filtering out issues such as glare and distractions. A simple solution is utilizing a window treatment systemto block out diversions but to let in sunlight. Window shades can let in natural light while filtering it to prevent excessive glare, which is an excellent environment for reading or writing during the workday.

Privacy is another workplace issue that must be addressed where windows are concerned. Window treatments are available that work as a two-way mirror, allowing occupants of the room to enjoy the light and the view, yet preventing passers-by from seeing inside.

Even offices with skylights might find window shades beneficial. Overheating is a common complaint in rooms with numerous windows or skylights. Not only is this an issue with comfort, it can also cause problems with increased air conditioning usage. Using an effective window treatment system, such as the skylight shades available with Shading Systems, Inc., can reduce or eliminate skylight window problems, while still allowing plenty of beneficial natural light into the workplace.

Resources: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/seasonal-affective-disorder/DS00195/DSECTION=symptoms

What can natural light do for you?

Posted: Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 | Filed under: Home cooling, natural light, sunroom shades
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Sunroom Shades

Natural light has many benefits that shouldn’t be overlooked. People who live and work in a well lit environment are happier, healthier, and more productive. Natural light can make your living and working environment feel more spacious. More importantly, utilizing and managing daylight will save money on your electricity bill and reduce your carbon footprint. Natural light reduces eyestrain, increases attentiveness, concentration, has even shown to keep children calmer. Need I say more?

You should keep the numerous benefits of natural light in mind when remodeling your home; in order to incorporate appropriate shading options to better manage and control the thermal and lighting benefits provided (for free) by the sun. For example, if you added a sunroom to your home, you will certainly benefit from the heat generated by it from the sun in the cooler months. However, during the warmer months (especially the summer) you will likely double your cooling cost as the sunroom will generate a tremendous amount of unwanted heat. Here is where you will certainly need to hire a professional to install sunroom shades for you. Doing so will keep the room cooler on a summer day and warmer on a brisk winter evening making temperature in the sunroom easier to control throughout the year.

Don’t stop with sunroom shades, perhaps you have large windows, or a skylight. With the addition of a shade system, you will be able to control how much light or heat is generated. Think of your windows having functionality of an electric light with a dimmer control installed. That is what roller shades, folding shades, drapery systems, and other window coverings will do for your glass. What will you do to create more natural light in your home? What will you do to shade your home once you increased your natural light? Think the process through and create the perfect environment for your needs with the right daylight control option.