LightCatcher advantages: cheap and ecological

The LightCatcher is considered a paragon of energy efficiency and an example of ‘smart green’ technology for the following reasons:

1. Optimised daylight!

All the advantages of daylight: the full colour spectrum, high-comfort light, stimulating to body and soul. Daylight is scientifically proven to have beneficial effects on the health of people in general and of employees in particular. It increases efficiency at work and has a positive effect on absenteeism. In some cases, the full colour spectrum that daylight provides is simply crucial to obtain natural colour rendering (for example in printing companies or paint-spraying plants). Crucial or not, it is always pleasant: daylight has a pleasing, warm shade to it.

LightCatcher light is never blinding. Even on the hottest summer day, the light is bright but never blinding. This is because of the prismatic lenses that break up the centrally clustered light and spread it widely via many rays of light. This is crucial for offices and sports centres, among others.
The LightCatcher, as a contrast to traditional daylight systems, diffuses the light. The diffused character of the LightCatcher has been developed thanks to a system of lenses that was developed using independent research.

The light distribution across the floor is fixed at optimum: it doesn’t change when the sun changes position. The central point of light is always directly under the LightCatcher. That ensures that you have light where you want it: directly on the workstation, or on the aisle between high shelving, throughout the day. With traditional daylight systems, that is not the case: depending on the position of the sun you get dancing spots of light and shadows moving around your building.
The daylight is UV-filtered. In total the LightCatcher has four UV filters: two on the dome and one at each lens level.

2. Substantial energy savings!

Your bills are lighter: the LightCatcher provides light for longer. The integrated mirror captures the low-lying sun. This way we allow for more hours during which you can turn off your artificial lighting whether it’s in the morning, in the evening, or in winter, with a low sun position. For an average of ten hours a day, your artificial light can be turned off (more in summer than in winter). This way, you can save up to 3,650 hours of light per year.

The LightCatcher also gives more light. 100% of your floor can be lit up with the use of only 1 to 3% of your roof because of the LightCatcher’s extra compact openings. The light is diffused and spread, making optimum use of the daylight that enters giving you comfortable light distribution with very few spots of shadow. This way you get the maximum amount of free light at a high strength: 200 lux for warehouses, 400 lux for office spaces.
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The LightCatcher blocks temperature fluctuations so that the heating can be on a degree lower in winter and you don’t have to cool the area as much in summer. The LightCatcher not only uses very compact openings in the roof (an average of 1.69 sqm, so less opening for more light) but because of its static air layers it also provides optimum insulation. The LightCatcher has an airtight chamber in the dome and an airtight chamber in the shaft below, and these two layers of static air ensure optimum thermal insulation. This means you also save on heating or cooling costs.
The average cost-recovery period of a LightCatcher is two to four years. EcoNation will be pleased to help you by elaborating a detailed study tailored to the size of your building. Contact us now for a free calculation to find out your exact cost-recovery period.

3. Environmentally friendly!

The LightCatcher is 100% ecological and environmentally friendly throughout all phases of its lifecycle.
The LightCatcher is a compact solution that provides more light through smaller openings and therefore also uses fewer raw materials. Thanks to the savings in plastic and steel plates, the ecological footprint of the LightCatcher is up to 6.6 times smaller than that of traditional daylight systems.
Throughout its lifecycle the LightCatcher does not use one single kWh nor does it emit one single gramme of CO2. The LightCatcher always works autonomously and is not connected to the electricity grid. Because the LightCatcher controls your artificial lights and turns them off for up to 3,650 hours per year, a lot of kWh in CO2 is saved. For every 1,000 sqm of floor area, the LightCatcher can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 45 tonnes. This is comparable to taking 15 standard family cars out of circulation for a year! So the LightCatcher is not only lighter on your wallet, but on the environment too.

4. High-quality and maintenance-friendly!

The outer dome is made of high-quality polycarbonate protected against yellowing and dirt. Because of its smooth round surface, dirt doesn’t stick. A simple rain shower keeps the LightCatcher clean.
Its design also ensures that the LightCatcher provides acoustic insulation. There is no annoying patter of raindrops.
The LightCatcher comes with all the relevant certificates and was acclaimed as ‘Best Available Technology’ after independent research. This gives you the guarantee of having the most efficient daylight system available on the European market.
The LightCatcher is self-learning and self-regulating. Once fitted, it never needs to be opened again. The maintenance is limited to an annual roof inspection (checking for growing moss). There is an optional monitoring contract with wireless real-time performance monitoring of the technology.
The LightCatcher comes with a ten-year limited product guarantee (ten years for the dome, three years for the operating system).

5. Safe!

The exterior dome is robust and impact-resistant The LightCatcher’s polycarbonate dome is virtually unbreakable. The dome can’t even be broken with a sledgehammer as Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo found out when he visited EcoNation’s premises.
The LightCatcher is fitted in a way that makes it burglar-proof. Once fitted, it can’t be reopened. To ensure this, we use one-way screws with a head that is broken off once fitted so that the dome stays shut forever.
The LightCatcher always lets through plenty of light without making your roof see-through. This is because of the prismatic lenses, which do not allow potential thieves to see through the dome, so it is impossible to see whether there are valuable items being stored in your building.