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Daylighting in a building utilizes available sunlight by manipulating window placement, window fixtures, and room dimensions to maximize natural light in a space. Using daylighting minimizes the need for lamps and overhead lights and the energy required to power artificial lighting. Daylighting has been shown to improve performance and health in office workstations and schools, as well as sales in retail stores.

Effective daylighting techniques create indirect sunlight that reduces the glare of conventional windows. Strategies to maximize daylighting focus on building orientation, window placement, and window or shading fixtures. Some daylighting tools include clerestory windows, light shelves, skylights, and window overhangs. Window orientation is also important in designing daylighting strategies for a building. For example, an office building with windows on the north and south faces receives moderate, constant light throughout the day instead of extreme glare in the morning and afternoon. Daylighting designs like this minimize the need for artificial lighting while also improving the general health and attitude of occupants.

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