LightCatcher

What is a LightCatcher?

 

Thanks to an ingenious mirror and technology system, the LightCatcher brings more and longer daylight into your buildings. That's the one  ecological  and  economic alternative  for skylights or traditional domes: the LightCatcher brings green energy, lots of light and puts a stop to temperature fluctuations.

Basic operation

The basic operation of the daylight dome is very simple.  A mirror is integrated into a polycarbonate skylight that focuses on the optimum light point: often this is the sun, and often another point when the sun is hidden behind clouds or obstacles. The mirror captures the daylight and that light is reflected inwards, filtered and amplified in a light shaft, after which it is neatly distributed throughout the building.
The result: the artificial light can be switched off for up to ten hours a day, now that the LightCatcher brings in intense and pleasant daylight. Thanks to the daylight dome, a roof opening of 1.6m² provides an abundance of light to a zone of no less than 60 to even 120m² on the floor.

That is completely free. The mirror is controlled by a  patented sensor technology  linked to a microcontroller,  and that technology doesn't consume a cent of energy:  an integrated solar panel  ensures that the skylight works completely autonomously, without being connected to the electricity grid. And so our daylight dome with a particularly small roof opening brings in a maximum of daylight into a building (especially Best Available Technology).

EcoNation  developed the LightCatcher in collaboration with the University of Ghent (Worldwide Patent). Today, the LightCatcher is the only skylight that meets all the requirements of 'Best Available Technology'.  This means that our daylight dome exceeds the strictest European standards in terms of light efficiency, light diffusion,  thermal insulation  and environmentally friendly production. This reduces the ecological footprint of your building.

Advantages

Natural daylight has a major impact on people and the mind. Daylight is healthy and has a positive effect on our mood.  Daylight has been proven to have a positive influence on work performance: it increases the concentration and efficiency of employees and it reduces absenteeism. Moreover, daylight is free and it occurs in abundance in our nature.

Our dome has been developed to bring more daylight into buildings through fewer/smaller roof openings. Equipping 2% of the roof surface with LightCatchers can already make a world of difference to the interior space.

 

The combination of more daylight via fewer roof openings and good heat transmission ensure that the LightCatcher is the most energy-efficient daylight dome on the market. You save on heating costs in the winter months and you don't have to worry about overheating on hot summer days.

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Application

The LightCatcher is suitable for all kinds of  buildings.  Discover them here !  

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The LightCatcher fits both in  new construction  as in  existing buildings and is applicable for both flat and pitched roofs.  With new construction, we can already take an optimal placement into account in the design phase. We adapt to existing buildings  to the current infrastructure.

Development

 

The LightCatcher was developed in 2009 by EcoNation R&D, the research body of EcoNation NV. Through intensive collaboration with the research partners listed below, a robust and reliable system was designed with the aim of providing a room with maximum daylight.

 

BBRI

Dieudonné Lefèvrestraat 17

1020 Brussels

Belgium

www.wtcb.be

 

university of Ghent

St. Pietersnieuwstraat33

9000 Ghent

Belgium

www.ugent.be

 

sirris

bd. A. Reyerslaan 80

1030 Brussels

Belgium

www.sirris.be

 

Flanders Make

Celestijnenlaan 300

3001 Heverlee

Belgium

www.flandersmake.be

 

Green Light Flanders

Brothers De Smetstraat 1

9000 Ghent

Belgium

www.groenlichtvlaanderen.be

 

Lab Light Technology

Brothers De Smetstraat 1

9000 Ghent

Belgium

www.lichttechniek.be

 

Vito NV

Bure tongs 200

2400 Mol

Belgium

www.vito.be

 

TEN

Zandbergstraat 19

8500 Kortrijk

Belgium

www.tengroup.be