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Published January 1, 2008 11:15 AM

Solatubes: Power-free lighting solution

If you're looking for an innovative and highly energy efficient daylighting system, Solatube may be the answer. These sunlight tubes combine art and science to provide beautiful and functional daylighting. This technology has actually been tauted as one of the most technologically advanced daylighting products available today. The combination of creative component integration along with a sleek design provides an abundance of pure, clean and natural light for any interior space.


Stated succinctly, daylight is collected by a roof top dome lense, it redirects the low angle sunlight and rejects overpowering summer mid-day sunlight to provide an abundance of consistent, clean white lighting throughout the day. In other words, the Solatube Daylighting System is able to provide better light diffusion because instead of lighting only the space directly below the skylight, the daylighting system uses optics to spread the light out, often lighting an entire room.
The tubing used is far more efficient than traditional drywall skylight shaft, which can lose over half of the potential light. Additionally, it can be installed in places where a traditional skylight wouldn't be an option, such as rooms without direct roof access or small areas (i.e. bathrooms, closets and hallaways). The units are compact in design and feature adjustable tubing. For example, the tubing will fit between rafters and can be easily installed with no structural modifications.

Traditional skylights don't offer any optical enhancement devices to increase performance. The Solatube Daylighting System, however, features several patented enhancement devices, which work symbiotically to capture more light from all angles and reflect it down the tube for higher light output during early morning, late afternoon and in the winter months when the sun is low on the horizon. It also transfers the maximum amount of ambient light into a room with minimal light loss.

In a few hours, an experienced contractor or handyman can install this system with relative ease. In fact, many of the components are pre-assembled at the factory for minimum assembly time. Since labor is a big part of the expense of traditional skylighting systems, The Solatube Daylighting system is also a more cost effective method way to go given its ease and adaptability for installation. I have personally seen this product put to work and it really makes a difference without reflecting its presence on your power bill. A smart solution for reducing power consumption in any home or office environment.

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