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Solatube question

Has any had the Solatube installed? We are planning on installing 2 solatubes in our screened porch to bring in more light. The porch is on the north side of the house. The direct sunlight on the roof is gone by 3:30 pm. Does anyone know how effective the Solatubes are when there is no direct sunlight?

Because the porch has a finished ceiling we're avoiding the basic skylights. I think the channel required to install them will become a bug and spider web collector. I'd appreciate your comments. Thanks
 
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Old 04-13-09, 07:06 AM
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I've seen them installed in a couple of homes that had dark enclosed hallways. Even though they were 10 yrs old at the time, and had lost some effectiveness, they still glowed like a couple of 60W bulbs.

They will still be quite effective as long as its a bright day and they have a clear view of the sky. If they are in deep shade, then, no, they won't provide as much light.

Personally, I like the Velux version better, mostly because of the dome shape and length of the included connecting tube.

I would also check into wiring the available light kits while the ceiling is open.
 
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I installed a couple for a client and they love them. Even on cloudy days the diffusers look like a "white" light similar to that of fluorescent. With the Velux, you position the dome to the north (it is marked) and it will draw every last ounce of light it can. I prefer the domes mainly for the same reasons. Nothing to catch "stuff" since it is round
 
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All of the above. I have done both, but if you want light, especially north light, a skylight is better, also more expensive. Installation is much simpler than a skylight.
 
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The Solatube Daylighting System captures light through a dome on the roof and channels it down through our internal reflective system.
 
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Not really, once you figure in shipping and handling. The big box stores sell the Velux and other brands, which are considerably cheaper than this. Orange box sells the tube kit with 2-20" tubes for $153. Extra tubes are $32.
 
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And to add...ODL makes a bunch of knock-offs of better quality products. Tube skylites, retractable screens, etc.

I would buy a skylight from a company that specializes in them.
 
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