DAYLIGHTING SYSTEMS: A Solatube installation review

August 16, 2008

solatube 160 DS daylighting systemEarlier this Summer, selected a Solatube Model 160 DS Daylighting System for a residential hallway installation. A daylighting system was selected because a dimly lit hallway constantly required energy consumption for lighting — even during daytime hours.

Solatube was selected by because of the sheer amount of clear information on the company’s and reseller’s website, and because it was so easy to find the product locally. It’s now time to update you on the install, and our final opinion of this specific daylighting system.

The Solatube 160 DS installation was a snap. Our contractor installed the daylighting system within 90 minutes, and if you use a Solatube dealer this time could likely fall well below an hour! Our installation did require the wiring of electricity to the daylighting system, so that it could be used during the Read more

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TUBULAR SKYLIGHT: Start saving lighting electricity with Solatube today

May 26, 2008

solatube 160 DS tubular set out last week to purchase a tubular skylight. We needed a tubular skylight for a remodel we are doing, and we chose a tubular daylight device because we wanted to reduce the need for electricity to light a hallway.

Using the list of tubular skylight manufacturers GetWithGreen compiled last year, we selected Solatube. Solatube was selected solely because their website provided the most complete information about tubular daylight device. After a great introductory conversation with Marjorie Clark at Sunlight Concepts, Inc. (Solatube reseller and installer), we decided to drive down and make our purchase.

There are many options when purchasing a tubular daylight device. Here are the items you will need to consider:

  1. How much space are you attempting to light? The Solatube products come in a 10″ diameter (Model 160 DS) and a 14″ diameter (Model 290 DS). Tricky in their naming, the 160 DS means that it lights roughly 160-200 square feet, and 290 DS means it provides coverage for 300 square feet. For our hallway we decided that a 10″ skylight would fit the bill. The 160 DS retails for $350, and the 290 DS for $450. Your contractor will likely receive a discount on these products.
  2. Light or No Light. Solatube sells an optional electrical light fixture that installs inside the skylight for night-time use. This is a really nice option if you are Read more
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TUBULAR SKYLIGHTS: List of manufacturers – turn out the lights and save now

July 15, 2007

Skylights are likely something you are considering during your remodel.    Skylights enable you to turn on fewer lights during the day, and offer natural lighting (“daylighting”) to your home.  There are a host of solution providers that offer “tubular skylights” or what are now called “daylighting systems” for home remodeling situations where space is an issue, or perhaps there is considerable distance between your roof and the point where you want the light (e.g. a tall attic).  For this situation, a tubular skylight is ideal to “pipe” in natural lighting.

A daylighing system/tubular skylight is composed of three parts: an acrylic rooftop dome and flashing, a reflective light pipe, and an interior diffuser (images below from ODL, Inc.). With most of these products, the reflective tube can bend around obstructions, or connect nonaligned roof and ceiling penetrations. Some products include other features such as compact-fluorescent lights or ventilation fans.

             tubular skylight              tubular skylight 2              tubular skylight 3

Below is a list of manufacturers.  If you have experience with any of them please leave a Comment for GetWithGreen readers!

Solatube International, Inc. – Brighten Up Series or SolaMaster Series

HUVCO, Daylighting Solutions – offer an online tool to configure a skylight

ODL, Inc. – ODL Tubular Skylights 

Velux – Sun Tunnel Tubular Skylights

DayLite, Natural Lighting Technologies – DayLite Tube

Daylighting Technologies – Sun-Dome Tubular Skylights

Sun-Tek Manufacturing – Sun-Tek Tubular Skylights

Sun Pipe Co., Inc. – Sun Pipe Tubular Skylights

Sunscope Natural Lighting Systems – Sunscope Tubular Skylights

True Lite Skylights, Inc.

Tubular Skylight, Inc.

        solamaster skylight        ODL skylight        ODL skylight

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