Solar systems add free light to homes
Skylight system offers free light on cloudy days and at night
SKYLIGHTS are great and it is hard to imagine a more cost-effective lighting solution.
There are so many options available.
Conventional skylights have been available for decades and they have been the best solution to low-cost or no-cost lighting in important areas of the home.
The conventional lighting systems are almost faultless – the process of cutting through a roof, and the waterproof membrane and insulation generally don’t cause leaks.
The heat emitted from conventional skylights is noticeable but most consider this a fair trade off to get the bright light accessed by a skylight.
The bugs that gather in most skylight covers are a little bit annoying but they are manageable with annual cleaning, which may or may not be easy in high ceiling spaces.
BGS (Best Gutter Solutions) has a system which not only gives free light during cloudy days but it stores power to give free, bright lighting at night.
The system involves a small solar panel which feeds a bright LED lighting ‘mat’.
There are no big holes in roofs, no water issues, no cleaning of bugs and almost no heat emitted to areas being lit.
BGS has developed sensors which turn the light on at night when movement is detected and the system later turns the light off to save power when not needed.
There are five-hour battery back-up systems for night lighting, and the solar panel charges the battery.
The next questions asked are: How much does the system cost? Will it suit my home? What happens on cloudy days when there is hardly any sun?
Systems start at $350 installed; a system at this base level is what would normally replace the conventional skylight system.
BGS has variants for almost every situation, everything from large rooms to dark pantry or utility rooms.
Although sceptics might think it unlikely, the systems still work when it is cloudy outside; even cloudy days generate power for the skylights.
High-set homes usually discount the idea of a skylight but this system allows external lighting where it was not previously available.
Prices vary, with battery back-up systems costing more but they also give more.
BGS offers pension concessions.
Call 0437 747 117 or
3283 7832 for more information.
BGS can fit skylights with a small solar panel to give free light during cloudy days and at night.