In developing a high-quality natural light illumination system (NLIS), the primary considerations include how to increase system efficiency and broaden its applications. This paper describes the conception, design, and analysis of a daylight collector that presents the combined advantages of excellent efficiency and a compact size. The collector structure consists of extendable two-channel collecting units, a planar light guide, and a central coupler to improve light collection efficiency and increase surface area. In this study, two types of daylight collectors are proposed for illumination applications with different light patterns. With these collectors, the NLIS can now provide sufficiently powerful light for indoor illumination.
© 2013 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 17, 2013
Revised Manuscript: September 22, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: November 10, 2013
Published: December 16, 2013
Meng-Che Tsai, Allen Jong-Woei Whang, and Tsung-Xian Lee, "Design of a high-efficiency collection structure for daylight illumination applications," Appl. Opt. 52, 8789-8794 (2013)