My coop and run are very shaded. There are a few splotches of direct sunlight that come through but not much and mostly just in the morning. I like it because the coop is mostly shielded from neighbors. (despite the fact I painted it light blue!) Plus in the summer they stay pretty cool. Now that they are almost 20 weeks old I'm starting to worry about them not getting enough direct light. I don't really know if it has to be direct sunlight or just nice and bright in the run. It is plenty bright.