A roof lantern is a window placed on the roof of a building to allow entry of natural light. Also, known as skylights or roof lights, these types of windows were first used in sixteenth century Europe for cultivating citrus trees. Since roof lanterns were made from wood during the Victorian era, only the rich and affluent could afford to have them on the roofs of their terraced houses. Today’s lanterns are made from a wide variety of materials including PVC, hardwood, aluminium and stainless steel.
The primary purpose and benefit of installing roof lanterns is to increase the amount of natural light entering a building thereby minimising on electricity costs. In addition to helping reduce a house’s power consumption, roof lights are also seen as key components of a modern contemporary architectural design. Thus, when installing skylights an installer has to take into consideration the design preference of the house’s owner. Additionally, an installer has to take into account the design and size of the lantern to be installed. If a lantern is too small it will appear awkward and unappealing the same applies where the lantern is too large. Contine reading