Diagrams shows a room that using light shelves to create a bright area, as well as allows natural sun light to fall on the other side of the room. The diagrams also show light shelves being used to direct passive light inside the room.
this is pretty much exactly how we are builing our retirement home in SC. Only it will be a little deeper but all spaced will be completely open to the windows in the front creating bay-like sections in the home for different rooms.
Daylighting—the use of windows or skylights for natural lighting and temperature regulation—is one building strategy that can save money for homeowners and businesses. see the advantages of LIGHT SHELVES.
ORIENTATION A house with a wide northern face is set at an angle of up to 15 degrees west of solar north with living areas on the north side. Shrubbery is planted on the east and west sides of the back half of the house.