This idea was first
developed by the Egyptians,
and modern solar skylights do not differ much from their Egyptian
predecessors. The design is incredibly simple and efficient, and
requires much less space for installation than traditional skylights.
This makes them a great way to take advantage of the sun’s rays to
bring more natural light into your home, while reducing your
electricity bills by not having to turn on the lights as much.
Solar Tubes Work
The skylights consist of a
tube lined with reflective materials, with a lens at either end. They
sit in the ceiling in a recessed hole similar to many types of
artificial lighting. The exterior lens on the roof helps to concentrate
and reflect the sun’s rays into the tube where they then bounce off the
sides of the tube until finally reaching the lens inside the room
itself. This lens spreads the light throughout the room, usually much
more efficiently and evenly than traditional skylights.
Advantages of Solar Tubes
- Environmentally friendly
- Can save you money
- Beneficial to your health
- Easy to install
Skylights and the Environment
All types of skylights are
considered environmentally friendly because
they allow natural light
into the home, which can help cut down on
electricity consumption because they eliminate the need for electric
lights during the day. Cutting down on your electricity usage also
helps to reduce pollution and your carbon footprint. Conventional
skylights also tend to
let in a lot of heat along with light, which can
be great during the winter, however they can quickly heat up your home
during the hot summer months.
For those homes with air
this can also cause a quick rise in your electricity bill. An advantage
of tubular skylights is that they only allow in light, and usually keep
out UV rays which can damage your furniture or flooring.
advantage is that these light tubes are lined with reflective materials
which allow them to let in as much light as a much larger conventional
By installing tubular
skylights, you can save yourself a bundle on your
electric bills. They can eliminate the need to use any artificial
lighting during the daytime, while also being much better insulated
than traditional skylights. This allows them to save you money on your
heating and cooling bills as well. The savings may not be dramatic but
they do add up. However, the biggest advantage lies in the price of the
skylights themselves and their installation. Purchasing and installing
these products is much
cheaper than the price of conventional
skylights, which makes them a great bargain for anyone looking to add
more natural lighting into their home.
It has been scientifically
proven that the sun’s rays are extremely
beneficial and even necessary to a person’s health and
Skylights can be a great way to introduce more natural light into your
home, which research has shown is great for stimulating the mind and
keeping yourself healthy and happy.
Much research has been
done into so
depressions - when a person’s mood suddenly become
altered due to the lack of sunlight in the winter and having to be
stuck indoors due to bad weather. Skylights allow for added exposure to
the sun in the comfort and safety of your own home, even during the
cold and sometimes dreary winter months. This makes them a great
addition to any home, as exposure to natural light has been proven to
significantly improve a person’s health and mood.
Installation of Solar Tubes
One of the biggest
advantages tubular skylights have over their
conventional counterparts is that they can be installed almost
anywhere. Traditional skylights need to be installed
rafters in a roof, and require a wood frame to be built in the expanse
between the roof and ceiling. However, the tubes can be installed
quickly and easily without the need for extra construction to the
existing roof structure.
A professional carpenter
can perform the
installation for you in a few hours, and multiple tubes can even be
installed in a single visit with little to no mess.
The process is very
simple- a hole is cut in the roof and another hole is cut in the
drywall or plaster in the ceiling, then the tube is inserted and the
hole in the roof is sealed around the tube.
Almost anyone with even a
little construction knowledge can easily install a tubular skylight in
their own home in a day. Most all of the products you’ll find you
purchase will come with a very detailed set of installation
instructions making this a very easy DIY
project. You can quickly add
more natural lighting in your home and save even more money by doing
the work yourself, but as always, make sure you know what you are doing
before you start cutting holes in your roof or ceiling, as there could
be wires or plumbing underneath the sheeting.
Tubular skylights are a
great way to reduce your energy bills and
environmental pollution. They are also a cheap easy way to add natural
light into any room in your home quickly and without the need for
expensive, time-consuming construction. If you’re seeking to introduce
more light into your home, or to make your home more environmentally
friendly, then one of the easiest places to start is by installing a
few solar skylights and you’ll quickly see the difference natural
lighting makes for the feel of your home and your own personal health
and mood as well.
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