Are You Letting Enough Natural Light Into Your Home?

With the spring months comes the opportunity for us to enjoy the extended hours of natural light in the home and reduce the amount being spent on artificial lighting. Letting in as much natural light into your property as possible, can not only open up the space and create a more welcoming atmosphere, it’s important for your health and wellbeing. If you’re looking to make the most of these brighter days and maximise the amount of natural light you’re letting in, updating your windows and doors is an easy way to do this and can help to increase the value of your home.

Maximising light with energy-efficient windows

Having as many energy-efficient windows as you can will light up as much of the dark areas in your property as possible and also help to naturally heat your home. If there are any areas where you could place a new window or skylight, opting for glazed, insulating panels will benefit the interior and also help you save money on your energy bills. However if adding a new window isn’t an option, you could increase the size of your current windows to let sufficient natural light flood in and keep you home brighter and warmer. We’d recommend upgrading to high performing energy-efficient PVCu windows, which are low maintenance and come in a range of different styles.

Using translucent window coverings will additionally increase the light coming in through your windows and bounce light into the adjacent wall. Reflecting your window light by placing a mirror opposite, will also reflect light around the room and help to lift any dark spaces.

Using windows to borrow light

Borrowing light from other areas of the home can effectively light up any darker areas and improve the space’s appearance. Installing a glazed panel above internal walls and doors can instantly lighten areas that are hard to reach with light from the external windows, and lower the amount of artificial light needed. You could also replace some internal walls with windows or translucent surfaces. Sliding panels or glazed doors for instance, can give the impression of more space in smaller areas by letting natural light through and also make for a stylish design feature. Interior glass doors, such as double-glazed French doors, are a practical way of spreading natural light around connected spaces and offering the option for room separation and privacy.

Updating your exterior doors

Glazed glass doors for the outside of the home can maximise the amount of light the interior can benefit from. A secure glass porch door can lighten the often dark hallway and form a more inviting entrance to the house. Sliding patio doors or bi-fold doors leading out to the garden, feature more expansive glass panes, which can let both plenty of natural light in and effectively warm up the back rooms. Installing energy-efficient glazed doors such as these will let you enjoy an enhanced view of your garden from the inside as well as improving the amount of light it can receive.

Waterside Windows is a specialist provider of quality and energy-efficient PVCu windows, doors and conservatories for the home. To find out more about our range of services or to speak to our team about upgrading your windows, please call 0121 706 9633 or email