Solar Lighting -- A New Industry

Secondary Author(s)

McCluney, Ross; Kinney, Larry

Report Number




Buildings; Windows


The use of natural light for illumination in buildings has great potential for both energy conservation and increased human comfort and worker productivity. A solar lighting industry is evolving that provides some of the components needed for solar lighting systems. Complete solar lighting systems are available from a few manufacturers for specialty applications. Currently the "industry" is a loosely-knit group of engineers, architects, designers, and manufacturers, mostly of components. A major problem is that there are no industry standards governing either illumination or energy performance of these systems. It is not surprising that the public knows little about the field. Suggestions are made for overcoming past limitations and for forming the solar lighting community into a coordinated industry. The main conclusion is that more organization and cooperation is needed within this new industry.

Date Published



Original publication: Stiles, M., McCluney, R., Kinney, L., "Solar Lighting - A New Industry", Reprinted from the English translation journal Light and Engineering, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 1-13, 1998 of Svetoteknika, No. 3, pp. 4-12, 1999 with invited discussions of the topic by several specialists in the field.

Local Subjects

Buildings - Windows


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