Residential skylights are a great way to add natural light and fresh air to your home. They not only improve your living space, but they also help improve energy efficiency.

Commercial skylights not only improve energy efficiency, but they also provide optimal lighting and fresh air to enhance your building's architectural design and performance.

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What is a Skylight

Skylights are light transmitting fenestration (elements filling building envelope openings) forming all, or a portion of, the roof of a building's space for daylighting purposes.


Open skylights were used in Ancient Roman architecture, such as the oculus of the Pantheon. Glazed 'closed' skylights have been in use since the Industrial Revolution made advances in glass productionmanufacturing. Mass production units since the mid-20th century have brought skylights to many uses and contexts. Energy conservation has brought new motivation, design innovation, transmission options, and efficiency rating systems for skylights


Skylighting types include roof windows, unit skylights, tubular daylighting devices (TDDs), sloped glazing, and custom skylights. Uses include:

  • daylighting elements used to allow direct and/or indirect sunlight, via toplighting.
  • providing a visual connection to the outdoor environment to interior occupants.
  • sustainable building — passive solar heating, and with operable units; ventilation for passive coolingand fresh air exchange.
The skylight of Münster's shopping mall "Arkaden".
Fixed unit skylight, roof view.
Fixed unit skylights, interior view.
Fixed unit skylight

A fixed skylight consists of a structural perimeter frame supporting glazing infill (the light-transmitting portion, which is made primarily of glass or plastic). A fixed skylight is non-operable, meaning there is no ventilation.[1]

Operable skylight

An operable (venting) unit skylight uses a hinged sash attached to and supported by the frame. When within reach of the occupants, this type is also called a roof window.