I assumed that daylight harvesting was a relatively new technique, originating in recent concerns about the environment, sustainability, etc.
So I was surprised to see the following item on p. 32 of the June-July 1935 issue of “National Radio News”, a publication of the former National Radio Institute home-study school:
“In Wallach Bros. Store, Fifth Avenue, New York, illumination is kept constant by photoelectric tubes. Regardless of fluctuations in daylight, the interior of the store is always well lighted. These tubes automatically function to turn off and on enough lamps so that a constant degree of illumination is maintained”.
A Walmart has skylights and daylight sensor control, it was done 3+ yrs ago. A few warehouses have installed some type of light tube for daytime 'free' lighting. A recent office reno installed one (1) light tube that has a 2x2 troffer look. That caught my attention when I turned the light switch 'off' and it remained lit. IMHO, a neat look, but what if the person prefers a 'dark' office for computer work? It could not be shut off in daylight!
There is an possible alternative to installing blinds on the skylight. When I was in college, the campus newspaper ran a parody issue that included an ad for the new GE "dark-bulb". Designed for use in photographic darkrooms it sucked up all the light in a room whenever it was switched on.