A prototype design that brings daylight into deep-plan rooms and blends it with artificial light has been developed by Stephen Gage, senior lecturer at the Bartlett. He is finetuning his idea with Monodraught Ltd. The disk hangs from the ceiling and contains reflective pipes of up to 530mm diameter. Light sensors in a plastic dome on the roof collect daylight and the reflective surfaces direct it down the pipes, round corners and into 9m-deep spaces.
'The light is good for places where rooflights won't reach.
When natural light begins to fade the artificial light from low-voltage halogen lamps cuts in, ' says Gage. Known as the Monodraught Lightpipe Room Terminal, it has yet to be priced - but it will probably be sold for hundreds rather than thousands of pounds.