Would you like to bring in more natural light to your kitchen or bathroom? Daylighting is the practice of installing windows (or other openings and reflective surfaces) in strategic locations in the roof to allow more sunlight into interior rooms. It can help save money on utility bills too. Most people think skylights are the only option for daylighting, but there is an alternative that may work even better!Solar tubes, which are also known as sun tubes, sun tunnels, light tubes, or tubular skylights, are similar to skylights but distinct in important ways. They tend to be less expensive than skylights and are designed differently too. Here are 3 reasons why solar tubes may be a better fit for your needs than skylights:
- A 10-inch solar tube is capable of lighting a floor area of 200 sq. ft. with an equivalent power of 3 100-watt bulbs.
- Solar tubes cost much less than a skylight. When professionally installed, solar tubes cost around $500 compared to $2000 for skylights.
- Solar tubes are easier to install for those who prefer a DIY approach.
Home improvement expert Dan Toht lists solar tube benefits like these and suggests locations in your home where they can be installed for best results. He also includes a guide to help you decide whether solar tubes are a fit for your home.