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SketchUp extension
to Study Natural Light
in Architectural and Urban Projects

New function in DL-Light: Watt reduction factor
New function in DL-Instant: DGP calculation

Sky View Factor on DL-LIght

Our philosophy

Natural light is an essential part of architecture and urban planning.

Key element of architectural and urban plasticity, it plays an important part in comfort, pleasantness and well-being.

It plays an essential role in the control of energy consumption. In many buildings, the quantity of energy spent for artificial lighting is greater the one spent on heating.

DL-Light helps architect, urban planners and technical offices in their quest for performance, comfort and pleasantness of luminous ambiances and to improve energy consumption control.


Daylight Factor and DL-Light

Daylight Factor

and BREEAM requirements

Results integrated within SketchUp
Calculation of Daylight Factor or
with BREEAM DF thresholds
entirely predefined.

Daylight Autonomy in DL-Light

Daylight Autonomy

and BREEAM requirements

for environmental certifications. 
Calculation with free thresholds or
BREEAM autonomy thresholds
entirely predefined.

Exposure to direct sun and DL-Light

Exposure to Direct Sun

for solar studies

for solar studies.
Hours or daily average exposure to direct sunrays using climate files over a complete time period.

Sky View Factor in DL-Light

Sky View Factor

and percentage of visible sky

Evaluation of well-being in interior and exterior spaces.
Essential aspect of comfort and pleasantness of space users.

Watt and radiation in DL-Light

Watt / m²

for irradiation studies

Energy received by outside surfaces.
Indicator for energy used in combination with the indicators for sunrays and sky.



Super fast simulation

Super fast and reliable simulation of luminance and illuminance using Intel's engine Embree. Multi-points of view, False color visualisation.

SEPP65 Daylight in DL-Light

SEPP65 Daylight

Australian indicator

Evaluation of solar access in Australia.
Calculation of solar inside residential spaces.
Direct compliance calculation. 

Scenarios comparison in DL-Light


This tool helps to help compare alternative designs in terms of Daylight Factor, Autonomy, Irradiance, etc.
The analysis shows how different designs lead to different results in Daylighting and how efficient a scenario may be. It is particularly useful to understand the impact of protections.

Watt reduction factor in DL-Light

Watt Reduction Factor

Ratio of the solar irradiance (W/m²) to the theoretical irradiance of an identical but virtual and isolated surface without surrounding surfaces. The Watt Reduction Factor can be interpreted as the normalization of a standard Watt calculation by the maximum reachable with the local climate.

Download our software to study natural light

You can download evaluation versions of our software and test without time limitation.
To use all the functionalities, we recommend that you buy a license.

Buy a license

You can buy one or more licenses and access all the functionalities
of all the modules without any time limitation.