Losing natural light

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We are adding a room in the center of a H-shaped house thereby, losing a total of four windows that light up the three rooms with natural light. Yesterday they closed in the roof of the new room and the gloom that settled in those three rooms was almost depressing.
We are going to make a sort of lit shadow box for the kitchen window but, need suggestions on how to further light the rooms trying to give a natural light feel, if possible. Skylights are not an option at this time.
Thank you for any suggestions....
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  • Charlotte Ray Charlotte Ray on May 29, 2015
    I just put LED lights in my kitchen. Very bright and you never have to replace the bulbs. Loving the LED lights so far.
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    • Don Don on Jun 02, 2015
      @Charlotte Ray Thank you for your suggestion. Yes, we are simply going to have to add lighting. I do not like the color of even "daylight" balanced lamps.... Oh well, looking now for some LED lighting...any website suggestions?
  • B. Enne B. Enne on May 29, 2015
    Solar tube skylights are more affordable if the budget is the issue.
  • Hope Williams Hope Williams on May 30, 2015
    Agree with B. enne. Skylights or solar tubes with diffusers. Like you I NEED natural light. Love my tubes but the light diffusers made all the difference!
  • Maria Maria on May 30, 2015
    Not being able to see your layout it might benefit from some floor to ceiling up- lighting. Large artificial tropical type plants (since you do not have windows) with an up light in the base or on the floor can look striking in a corner or against a wall.
    • Don Don on Jun 02, 2015
      @Maria Excellent suggestion but, the size of the rooms prohibits adding most of your suggestions. Those ideas would look great though. Thanks.
  • Michelle Gebhart-Maxwell Michelle Gebhart-Maxwell on May 30, 2015
    Artificial skylights is a good option! Im a painter ,trust me when I say, the real one will give you problems, eventually costing you money to repair wood,drywall,and repaint. If you want a modern,clean look,stay away from lighted plants,My guilty pleasure as well,but trust me when I say when I move into my new house,the fake plants are going bye bye. If you like the idea then use real plants,bonus..cleaner air.If you place a spot like behind the plant facing up you get some neat effects on your wall,and or ceiling .Good lock
  • Ethel Ethel on May 30, 2015
    Solar tube! We did it in our kitchen and it made a huge difference..
  • SheilaB SheilaB on May 30, 2015
    We have a skylight in an upstairs inner hall bathroom....which is great. Currently with our dark down stairs hallway, I am planning on getting 3 or 5 glass blocks installed at the top part of the wall to pass in the light from the family room... giving both hall & family room interest & illumination. Cheers
  • Jo Ann Miller Jo Ann Miller on May 30, 2015
    Put small windows over the doors of rooms that have natural light. Light will pass thru to darker areas. Another idea is French doors for those rooms.
    • Don Don on Jun 02, 2015
      @Jo Ann Miller Excvellent choices but, there are no "outside" doors in these rooms. The only light was coming from the area that is being closed in.... Thank you.
  • Terrimb Terrimb on Jun 04, 2015
    I have heard from many (and researched myself) that Solartubes work great! They are fairly easy to install, take up little room and let in a lot of light... and , they're fairly inexpensive.
  • Don Don on Jun 05, 2015
    Solar tubes and skylights are not an option due to structural limitations. We have decided on a couple of LED track lights for a ladder book shelf and an LED lit shadow box will add additional lighting in two areas losing the light. Although I worry about the lighting "colors" hopefully with the items placed in those areas our attention will be diverted away from the loss of natural light. It is amazing how you only realize how much you really like something until it is removed. Thank you all for suggestions!!!
  • B. Enne B. Enne on Jun 05, 2015
    Good luck!