Solatube Skylights Bring Natural Light Indoors
The most energy-efficient light source in a home isn’t a high-tech bulb or fixture – it’s natural daylight. Solatube skylights can help homeowners minimize their need for electric lighting and maximize the use of daylight throughout their homes.
Traditional “window-style” skylights can only be incorporated in certain areas of a roof structure, and can only service the uppermost floor of a home. They can be difficult to insulate (making indoor temperature regulation a challenge), and up to half of the available light can be lost as it passes down through a shaft of painted drywall.
The innovative Solatube design solves these problems by using a small dome-shaped light collector on the roof, which draws light down into the home through a highly reflective tube. The tube easily passes between structural rafters, and it can curve to follow interior walls (making it possible to provide skylight illumination even for a downstairs room).
A Solatube typically connects to a diffuser in the ceiling that mimics a recessed light fixture. A variety of lens filters are available to adjust the type of light cast by the Solatube, and remote-controlled dimmers are even offered with some models.
Besides providing a free source of pleasant, natural light, Solatubes can contribute to LEED and Energy Star accreditation for homes or commercial structures, and they can also qualify for energy-efficiency tax credits. Learn more or locate a dealer by visiting the Solatube website.