Hi-tech options boost daylighting alternatives

Although homeowners might be intrigued by high-tech devices, they're ultimately looking for daylighting solutions that bring more comfort to their home, said a major daylighting product manufacturer.

At Greenbuild 2014, Sara Havard, chief operations officer of Wasco Skylight Products headquartered in Wells, Maine, told ProudGreenHome.com about some of the latest developments in daylighting products.

To offer the benefits of daylighting to a broader customer base, Wasco in May 2013 opened a new manufacturing facility in Reno, Nev. The additional location produces both standard and custom skylights for the commercial and residential market, and expanded the company's distribution west of the Rocky Mountains.

Wasco is also the exclusive U.S. partner with Sweden-based Parans Solar Lighting, a fiber-optics system that brings full spectrum sunlight into areas of a building never before touched by the sun. The system is available in the U.S. through Wasco’s network of dealers and its professional services group.

The Parans lighting alternative replaces artificial light with natural light, which is proven to increase productivity by 16 percent and lower overall carbon emissions. To accomplish this, the patented Parans system tracks the sun and transfers it via fiber optics to inside environments and through specially designed luminaires(s). The system is fairly compact and easy to install. Pricing varies based on use and other specifications.

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Topics: Connected Homes / Smart Homes, Exteriors, Home Design & Plans, Proud Green Building, Windows


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