As we have mentioned, daylighting is a word used to describe the use of natural light for illuminating the interior of a home. There are various ways to do this. Perhaps one of the more well-known methods is with the use of skylights. If you decide, however, to install skylights in your home, make sure they are double-paned and that the flashing has been done properly.
Another natural lighting option is clerestory windows. These are short, wide windows set high on a wall. This allows the sun to pour into a room during winter months, adding needed light and heat while at the same time, because of the roof overhang, it protects against the sun during the summer.
Light tubes are one more daylighting option. They use a special lens that amplifies low-level light and reduces the intensity of the sun's light at midday. The tubes themselves are coated with a highly reflective material that channels the sunlight through it. The light then enters the interior of the home through a diffuser that will evenly distribute the light.
While we have only mentioned a few ways natural light can be used to brighten a home, it's clear to see the benefits of doing so.