How to Add Natural Light Into Your Bedroom How to Add Natural Light Into Your Bedroom

What You'll Need
Tape measure
Stud finder
Drywall saw
Reciprocal saw
Foil tape
Caulking gun
Outdoor caulk/sealant
Shingle ripper
Plumb bob
Skylight flashing
Top and bottom assemblies and acylic dome
Extension tube
Scrap wood, doweling

Adding natural light to your bedroom doesn't have to involve the complicated installation of a full-size skylight or additional windows. As a more sensible alternative, a tubular skylight provides more natural light than its relatively narrow diameter lets on. Thanks to the flexible skylight, the tube can maneuver around fixed ductwork or framing. Its interior surface is very reflective, meaning that despite its narrow opening, light that enters the tube gets bounced around, resulting in a noticeably brighter bedroom. For the handy doityourselfer, the installation shouldn't take more than a day.

Step 1: Take Measurements and Determine Skylight Location

Take an accurate measurement from the roof down to the ceiling of the room in which you'll install the tubular skylight to determine how long the extension tube should be. Use a stud finder to locate adjacent joists in the room's ceiling. Consider where you want the skylight. Hold the bottom assembly up to the ceiling and trace a line around in between the joists. Drill a small hole near the center of the circle and stick a piece of doweling to make the hole visible from the crawl space.

Step 2: Install Lower Assembly

When you've got the location right, cut out a hole in the room's ceiling for the lower skylight assembly with a drywall saw. Set it into place and hold it with screws, but it may need to be adjusted later.

Step 3: Prep Hole in Roof

In the crawl space, hold a plumb bob up to the inner side of the roof approximately above the lower assembly. You'll know the location is right when it comes to rest close to the center of the lower assembly. Mark the spot on the inner roof, drill a hole and mark it with a dowel to locate it atop the roof.

Step 4: Install Flashing and Roof Assembly

On the roof, trace a perfect circle to cut by holding the flashing upside down. Use a reciprocal saw to cut through the shingles, roof paper and sheathing. Around the inner edge, use the shingle ripper to separate the shingles from the sheathing. Apply a bead of sealing caulk around the base of the flashing and slide the outer flange of the flashing under the shingles around the hole and fasten it to the roof as instructed. Insert the top assembly into the flashing, locking the seams of the assembly in place with foil tape. Remove the protective inner coating before installing the acrylic dome onto the assembly. Secure it with screws as instructed. Seal all exposed edges and holes thoroughly including the heads of the screws used to secure the flashing and the dome.

Step 5: Connect the Assemblies

Once the top and bottom assemblies are in place, you'll link them with the extension tubing. Fold the flat tubing into a cylinder, connect the tabs and seal the seams with reflective tape. As with the assemblies, peel off the protective coating that covers the mirror-like surface right before connecting the top and bottom sections. Adjust the bottom assembly to allow room for the visible trim piece and diffuser. Install these parts before screwing the bottom section into place.



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