Suspended Ceiling Skylights certainly aren’t a new thing. So what’re the benefits? When should we consider using this option? Are there are disadvantages to this type of skylight? Let’s take a closer look.
So what are the benefits?
Well, firstly we have the benefit of more natural light. Natural light offers many advantages over artificial light. The big one is it’s free! Secondly, it’s cost-effective! The reason being a suspended ceiling skylight utilizes existing features of your premises. The diffusers are standard light diffusers than can be bought from most electrical wholesalers. These diffusers aren’t expensive and you can buy as many or as little as you need. No waste. Furthermore, if you keep the existing ceiling tile you can change it back at a later date.
When is a suspended ceiling skylight a viable option?
You can use this type of skylight if both the following conditions exist. Firstly, you need to have a suspended ceiling installed in the space. Secondly, your roof needs to have at least some translucent sheeting on it. If your unsure, have a look in the ceiling cavity and it’s dark… it’s a no go.
What disadvantages are there to having a suspended ceiling skylight?
Firstly, cross members limited where you can and can’t place your skylight. If you want that skylight a little to the left…. too bad. Secondly, The panels are quite light and need some extra hold-downs to stop them from blowing out in a windy environment. Unlike a normal LED panel you can’t switch this light off should you wish to darken the room. Depending on the position of the sun and the translucent sheeting the light can also be uneven in places. With a suspended ceiling skylight, It should also be considered that this option does not offer much thermal barrier. If your roof sheets aren’t insulated underneath this is worth taking into consideration.