skylight or sola tube

Old 10-09-07, 07:56 AM
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skylight or sola tube

Hi there,
not really a window question; I know.

While searching for possibilities to get more light to certain areas of my house I found systems which directs light through tubes into the house like sola tube.
Sounds like a pretty smart idea, easy to install, cheap and you can even put a light in there.
Of course the companies rave about their products but I'm looking for some feedback from "real" customers.
Anybody has it and is willing to share the experience?

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They are everything that you stated, but they do not provide the same amount of light as a skylight. They do considerably reduce the cost of getting natural light into a room. And you can do multiple installations in one room for the cost of a single skylight. The key is the shingle flashing. If it is cheap, the rest of the installation will suffer, stick with name brands. Not sure about putting a light bulb in one, it is a sealed unit and I would be concerned about where the heat goes.
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I believe we will see an increase in demand for skylights as folks seek ways to bring more natural light inside the home. This will reduce electric bills and conserve energy. Switching from incandescent bulbs to fluorescent will save 50%.
Old 10-09-07, 05:01 PM
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We have cathedral tonuge and groove ceilings with no attic, so it was skylights for us. With install it was about $1500 and I think the improvement was worth three times as much. Since we don't get any direct sunlight in the summer due to a zillion trees (thanks to Forest Service slurry drops 30 years ago) the improvement was vast. We can actually see in the entire great room and loft without ANY artificial light between one hour after sunrise until sunset even in the dead of winter. Not bad! Haven't noticed a temperature issue (heat loss or summer baking) due to a cozy wood stove's rising heat and an unusually mild summer.

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