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.
The basic operation
The basic operation of the LightCatcher 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: an average of ten hours a day, the artificial light can be turned off now that the LightCatcher brings in intense and pleasant daylight. Thanks to the LightCatcher, 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 LightCatcher 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 LightCatcher works completely autonomously, without being connected to the electricity grid. And so the LightCatcher with a particularly small roof opening brings in maximum 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 the LightCatcher exceeds the strictest European standards in terms of light efficiency, light diffusion, thermal insulation and environmentally friendly production (the CO2 footprint of a LightCatcher is no less than 6.6 times smaller than that of traditional skylights: less material for more light).
The LightCatcher is suitable for industrial and public buildings .
Fit for flat roofs, but also for pitched roofs: the curb (that is the load-bearing structure that is placed on the roof and integrates the LightCatcher in your roof) is then adjusted so that the technology can be placed neatly flat.
The LightCatcher fits both in new construction as in existing buildings. With new construction, we can already take an optimal placement into account in the design phase. For existing buildings, we assume the existing division of your infrastructure, including any obstacles or impediments (for example, air hoses, high racks or other obstacles at the height of the ceiling).
The LightCatcher light shaft can sag deeply to, for example, connect perfectly to your suspended ceiling, but can also be perfectly integrated at ceiling height. The shaft length is determined in consultation with you.
Flat or pitched roof, new construction or not: the LightCatcher adapts easily. The only requirement is a free roof opening of 1.30m by 1.30m. This is necessary to get the light shaft through the roof.
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.
Dieudonné Lefèvrestraat 17
Green Light Flanders
Brothers De Smetstraat 1
university of Ghent
bd. A. Reyerslaan 80
Lab Light Technology
Brothers De Smetstraat 1
Bure tongs 200