The Skylight Effect – Applicant submissions (part one)

Late last year we here at Skylights For Less were thrilled to announce our 2nd annual $1000 Scholarship Opportunity. From the outset, we challenged our applicants to artistically capture the effect a skylight or Sun Tunnel can have on an existing room or structure. With a keen focus on the contrasting relationship between the quality of a space both with and without a significant level of natural light. Submissions included the formats of photographs, photo edited mock-ups, digitized sketches, drawings and/or paintings.

Now, just a few months into the new year, we can say without a doubt: the future looks bright.

Today we will feature a couple of the many qualified applicants. We are thrilled with all the entries, each filled with ideas and images reflecting a renewed perspective, the old, made fresh again. So, whether it’s a living room reimagined or a dark office transformed into a vibrant creative space, The Skylight Effect is all about investing in the future.


Brett D.

Comparison of room without skylights to a room with skylights and plants.

Brett D. – “When a skylight is added, it makes the space flourish, just like the plants in a jungle.”

“I believe that skylights bring life to a room. I split the picture into two parts, the room with no skylights on the top and the room with skylights on the bottom, so that the viewer could get a side by side comparison of the Skylight Effect,” Brett D. says.

As a pre-architectural student and athlete at Lehigh University, Brett’s focus is on the non-traditional applications of design and architecture.

“My goal in college is to study architecture and use this as a background for developing my passion for creation and design in a career that is unique to me.”

The ability to bring real life experience to his work is key to Brett’s understanding of the Skylight Effect.

“I enjoy sitting in my living room in the sunlight that is allowed through the skylight. I wanted that feeling of enjoyment to be portrayed in my art. I wanted to show a room literally coming to life in the form of a jungle once a skylight was added. If you notice, in the top drawing, there is a hint of life. The contrast of black and white vs. color furthers this effect. Now notice how much more dramatic adding skylights to a space can really be. When a skylight is added, it makes the space flourish, just like the plants in a jungle.”


Katherine B.

Katherine B. plans on attending Clemson University this fall to major in engineering, most likely mechanical. Kathrine is active in a myriad of activities, most notable of which is her leadership in the Air Force Junior ROTC program, of which she is currently the commander.

“This program has given me immense leadership experience and has helped me to grow as a person and in my interests,” She says. “I am a very diverse person, as I enjoy both the arts and sciences.”

Kathrine enjoys drawing, painting, sculpting, writing, designing, and printing 3D models using her school’s 3D printer.

“I taught myself how to use basic 3D design software, and this has proven to be not only a fun activity, but also a valuable skill for the future”

Comparison of room with and without a skylight

Katherine B. – “comparing the two depictions side by side, which changes the perception of the room entirely.”

“[Here] you can see the immense aesthetic difference in a room without a skylight versus one with a skylight. The lighting difference is quite evident when comparing the two depictions side by side, which changes the perception of the room entirely. The lighting is much more natural and open, as opposed to the darker and less well-lit image without the skylight. The difference a light open to the sun’s natural light can make from above, even in a room that already has a window, is clear.”

Thank you to Katherine and Brett for two quality entries towards the Skylight Effect Scholarship.  Please be sure to check back as we will be posting additional entries in the coming days.



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