1. The preparation: a thorough lighting study
(free for you, important for us)
An EcoNation representative comes to your premises and conducts an official lighting study. This is totally free and provides you with important information. You get an exact report on your lighting usage and how much energy that costs you. But this study is also important for us. It forms the basis for the progress of the project. Here, we research the return on a LightCatcher investment and we also look at the practical details. How and where can the LightCatchers best be fitted? Do you have any special requests? Does your roof (gradient) or the ceiling (obstacles) or the function of the building (vapours or gases) or the layout (small passageways, small rooms etc.) potentially require custom materials, custom shaft heights, different lenses or an atypical layout? All these issues are looked at by our experts.
2. The decision: beware of fakes
The LightCatcher obtains excellent results and that can result in copycats. This is not very simple because our technology is protected by several patents, but it does happen. Don’t worry. Know what you’re choosing and always ask for the technical details. Is the exterior dome made of impact-resistant polycarbonate, or is a cheaper PMMA version used? How much power does the integrated solar panel have? Is the mirror controlled by a robust DC motor, or is it a simple stepper motor? How many years are covered by the guarantee and what are the conditions? And, does the copy comply with all the conditions for eligibility for subsidies?
The LightCatcher is the only system developed by independent research that has been recognised as ‘Best Available Technology’. To date, no other system complies with the requirements for this guarantee.
3. The order: completion of correct measurements (and subsidies!)
The light shaft of a LightCatcher has a standard length of 54 cm. But perhaps at the last moment you want a lowered ceiling and so the light shaft needs to traverse a larger space. Or you have obstacles under the ceiling and so the light shaft has to be shortened with a flat lens instead of a pyramid lens at the bottom. This is all possible but it must be clearly stated at the outset to avoid any surprises later.
N.B.: in most countries the subsidy application needs to be submitted prior to ordering the LightCatcher. Request more information from our specialists. They will be happy to help you with your subsidy application. We provide all the necessary documents. You need look no further. Remember: most of the time you have to submit your subsidy application first and then place your order.
The LightCatcher is preferably installed by professionals to avoid leaks or faulty mirrors immediately after the installation. Rely on our EcoNation-approved installers to ensure you can benefit from the results of your LightCatcher and our guarantees.