Skylight System Promotes Vitamin D Production –

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SunBeamers reflecting natural light onto living trees in a shopping center atrium. (PRNewsFoto/SunCentral)

Published on June 2nd, 2015 |
by Dawn Killough


June 2nd, 2015 by

SunBeamers reflecting natural light onto living trees in a shopping center atrium. (PRNewsFoto/SunCentral)

SunCentral has announced the release of a new skylight system that claims to promote vitamin D production by providing natural sunlight in interior spaces that would not normally see sunlight.

“Our goal was to develop an indoor lighting system that provides much of the sun’s health benefits, including boosting the body’s ability to produce Vitamin D, while reducing the intensity of wavelengths of ultraviolet (UV) light that are more harmful than beneficial,” said the system’s co-inventor, Lorne Whitehead, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of British Columbia and chief technology officer of SunCentral.  “We have filed patent applications in the U.S. and selected international markets.”

“The Vitamin D SunBeamer Skylight adds to and complements our SunBeamer product line – both are cutting edge technologies that bring natural sunlight indoors in an environmentally friendly and cost-efficient manner,” said Guthrie Cox, chief executive officer of SunCentral.


The SunBeamer system works by reflecting sunlight over motorized panels and louvers, directing the light further into the interior of a building, no matter what time of day or what the sun angle.  The system is internet-connected and relies on GPS tracking to coordinate the angle of the reflective surfaces.

The system is installed as a fully contained add-on to any skylight.  The “Vitamin D SunBeamer Skylight streams filtered sunlight to a designated area, what we are calling a Vitamin D Sun Pool, within a building or structure,” says Cox.

“We believe the simple joy of being in sunlight, combined with its health benefits, give the SunBeamer Skylight broad appeal and will be of particular interest for medical buildings, gyms and spas, as well as structures in locations that are either too cold or too hot to be outside,” Cox continues.

Orders are currently being taken for the new Vitamin D SunBeamer system for shipment in 2016.

Sources and Photos: PR Newswire, SunCentral

Originally published on Green Building Elements

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