With the renewable energy movement, one product that is
becoming more and more popular by the minute is the tubular skylight. Tubular
skylights install in your roof, and, in a quite novel way, transfer outdoor
light to the interior of your home.
Carefully engineered reflective tubes transfer sunlight into
the house and diffuse it. The tubing balances the color, minimizing any color
distortions and making the lights more like light bulbs. Many include baffles,
which can limit the amount of light coming in. These are useful on bright days
where the full power of the tube might be a little bit much. Sometimes baffles
are engaged mid-day, but adjusted to provide more light during the early
morning hours and evening hours, when the sun is not as powerful.
Tubular skylights should not be confused with regular
skylights, which are basically just windows in your roof. They collect more
light over a larger surface area and are much more efficient at illuminating an
The benefits of these lights are numerous. Some of the
obvious reasons to install a tubular skylight include lower energy bills,
potential tax credits, depression relief, and never having to buy another light
bulb. The lights require no maintenance
and bring a sense of the outdoors into your home or office. They render colors
in a truer fashion, making your home look more vivid and inviting. Plus, the
natural light source can greatly reduce overall eye strain, making them a
perfect option for a home (or commercial) office.
The tubes are designed for easy installation, with no
structural changes to your home.