A Comparative Study on Daylight Performance Assessment of Light Shelves Based on Inclination
Energy consumption of lighting can be reduced by using different daylight control strategies. The rise in environmental distresses requires the necessity of natural light control systems. Light shelf is considered as excellent lighting control scheme that provides great lighting production and inexpensive prospect via entering the daylight inside the space. The aims of this study shows that the daylight efficiency and visual productivity are affected by the design parameters of light shelf such as its angle, location and height. In this research, Autodesk Ecotect 2011 is used for the daylight simulation of summer solstice and winter solstice days under overcast sky conditions on a nominated theoretical study space of an institutional building. Daylight simulation is carried out to evaluate the illuminance requirement within the selected space and analysis is also executed on the model with selected categories of light shelves including different positions, heights and angles. The acquired data is then exported on Radiance software intended for complete day-light investigation. The results of this research shows that external light shelf at a height of 7' and an angle of 20˚ is the most appropriate choice in prevailing the glare and it also enhanced the illuminance level to11.5% in 21st June and 10.6% in 21st December as compared to without light shelves. Furthermore, the shaded range is decreased by the rise in the angle of Light shelf which has a tendency to increase the inside average lighting. Hence, significant consideration should be given to the height and position of light shelves, since it has a superior effect on light shelf performance.