A dramatic moment in the renovation and expansion of the library took place on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, as workers from Somers Stained Glass of Deer Park removed the stained glass laylight from the library’s dome. The laylight was removed in sections all of which, along with the metal framework and surrounding wood trim, will be cleaned, restored and re-installed in their original locations.
If, like this writer, you don’t know the difference between a laylight and a skylight, here’s what Merriam-Webster.com has to say: “A laylight is a glazed panel usually set flush with the ceiling for admitting natural or artificial light.” A skylight, is “an opening in a house roof or ship’s deck that is covered with translucent or transparent material and that is designed to admit light.” See the difference? I thought not. My best guess from a close reading of the definitions is that a laylight is not necessarily open to the outdoors, and is always installed flush to the ceiling, whereas a skylight always allows in natural light, and may be raised above the roof line. If you have more information on the difference between a laylight and a skylight, please leave a comment below. — Eric Cohen
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Thanks to photographer Michael Heller and The Sag Harbor Express for permission to use these wonderful photos. All photos copyright 2012, The Sag Harbor Express, all right reserved.