With eight in 10 workers across the UK spending more time working from home, a new study has been commissioned to understand how much importance Brits place on having access to natural light in their homes – and how it affects them. The study commissioned by Roof Window Outlet showed 63% of homeowners in parts of the UK believed natural sunlight shining into their home made them feel happier than any other element.
56% of women said sunlight gave them a feeling of true happiness. and 1 in 6 people felt accessing additional light was the most important focus for their home renovations. Adam Slade, Operations Director at Roof Window Outlet, said: “The survey results show just how vitally important access to light is for millions of Brits.
“There is a far better understanding about the role that light plays in our mental and physical wellbeing and these results really shine a spotlight on that.”
Amy, 38, said: “We spent a lot of time during lockdown in a dark and depressing kitchen, with minimal access to light. Working from home in these conditions impacted my mood and general wellbeing – I felt low, tired and really lacking in energy.
“We were lucky enough to renovate the kitchen, adding an extension with beautiful roof lights and folding doors that look out onto the garden and I can honestly say, it has improved my health.”
Amy, underwent brain surgery in November 2021. She said “Recovering from surgery was tough but I spent as much time as I could, sat in front of the windows and looking out into the garden. I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude – not only to be alive and on the mend, but to be able to enjoy watching nature and feeling the watery winter sunshine on my face.
“For me, the light in my home genuinely saved me. I work from home and every day, I sit at my kitchen table, look out into the garden in all weathers and feel truly grateful.”