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Solatube Daylight Solutions

Solatube Daylight Solutions

25 Feb 16
John Vogel

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Solatube Dayling Solutions

Solatube – Add Natural Day Lighting to Every Room


Solatube Diagram

Solatube Diagram

Solatube” Solar tubes, lighting tube, tube lights or day lighting are all names for cylinders used to bring natural light into homes, to help replace or add to electric lights. They’re also known by several other names, including:  sun pipe, sun scopes, lights tube,  and daylight pipes. They’re usually installed on roofs and come through to the ceiling below

It is actually good for you. It has been shown in several prominent studies that increasing daily exposure to natural light can enhance mental and physical well-being, boost concentration and energy levels and a variety of other unexpected perks.

It provides exceptional all day lighting. The light output is incredible, providing as much light as you would expect from a skylight many times its size.

It is cost-effective. Tubular Daylighting Devices cost considerably less than other daylighting options, such as windows and skylights, including both product and installation costs.

It can go almost anywhere. The compact and flexible design of TDDs allow them to be installed in just about any room, including rooms without direct roof access and smaller spaces where daylighting would usually not be an option.

Solatube Closet

Installing it is fast, clean and easy. They require no structural reframing, tunneling, drywalling or painting. A professional can install the product in less than two hours and most Do-It-Yourselfers can finish the project in one day.
It is “Green.” TDDs allow you to switch off electric lights during the day, which provides savings on energy bills and also reduces environmental pollution.

Solatube® International Inc. has consistently been at the forefront of technology, with copycat products simply following on its coattails. With its long reputation for quality and innovation, “Solatube” is the brand name in the market. Installing a Solatube Daylighting System provides the best natural day lighting and ensures that you have a product that utilizes the most advanced technology available. Lesser brands simply fail to perform to the same standard.

Technology makes a tremendous difference in the lighting performance. The Solatube Daylighting System is the only product line with Spectralight® Infinity, a revolutionary reflective tubing material that can transfer up to 500 percent more daylight than any other material currently used in the industry. With Solatube Daylighting Systems, all you see is the brightest, cleanest and whitest natural light possible.

This widely-recognized, enhanced energy-efficiency rating means that the product has met the stringent requirements of the Energy Star program through the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Cutting corners may save a few bucks on the front end, but it could put you at risk for expensive repairs down the road. The Solatube Daylighting System includes an innovative moisture control system that ensures the most air- and water-tight installation ever for ultimate peace of mind.

A Tubular Daylighting Device can be installed almost anywhere, in tight spaces, and in rooms without direct roof access. Solatube International takes this flexibility further by offering a zero-to-90-degree extension tube that can accommodate even the trickiest of installation challenges without compromising lighting performance.

The Solatube Daylighting System can be “accessorized” with a Light Add-On Kit for night, a Ventilation Add-On Kit for damp locations, and an exclusive Daylight Dimmer to control the level of daylight at the flip of the switch.

Don’t settle for one-size-fits-all models. Our new Glass Distractions decorative fixtures feature a variety of ceiling options, which offer not only a unique look at the ceiling level, but also allow you to customize your daylighting experience.

Solatube Living Room

Solatube in Your Living Room

5 Reasons to Switch to Daylighting

You already have perfectly good electric lights in your home. But are they really as perfect as you think? Here are 5 reasons to consider converting your electric lighting to daylighting using a tubular daylighting system.

Reason #1: Daylighting Saves You Money

Each time you flip on your electric lights, you pay a fee to your energy company to power them. The more you use your lights, the more you pay.

A tubular daylighting system uses solar energy to light your home’s interior. That means you’ll pay nothing to light your home during the daytime because you’re not using any electricity.

But what happens when the sun goes down? While tubular daylighting systems can’t provide natural light at night, many manufacturers offer optional electric light kits that can be installed inside the daylighting system to light your home in the evening.

A hybrid system is an even better option. These unique models combine daylighting with LED lighting so you can illuminate your home day and night while saving up to 94% on your lighting energy bills.

Reason #2: Daylighting Renders Colors Better 

Have you ever dressed in a black shirt only to find out it’s actually navy when viewed in sunlight? This occurs because electric lighting in homes can range in hue from bluish to yellowish, which shifts the perceived color of fabrics when viewed under them.

Natural light, on the other hand, provides the truest color rendition of all light sources. With daylighting as your main light source, mix-ups are not a problem because colors are rendered in their natural state without shifts.

Reason #3: Daylighting Reduces Maintenance

Keeping your lights operational takes a certain amount of regular maintenance. When a bulb goes out, for instance, you’ve got to replace it. That means you’ll have to make a trip to the store to buy bulbs. Then you may have to climb onto a wobbly chair or ladder to swap the burned out bulb for the new one. After that, you’ll need to properly dispose of the old bulb in the trash or, if it’s a compact fluorescent bulb, at a hazardous waste facility. Then consider that, at some point, all your electric lights will require a bulb change. That’s a lot of work!

With a tubular daylighting system, there are no bulbs to change. Even with the hybrid systems, light bulb replacement is practically non-existent because the integrated LEDs can last up to 20 years.

You also won’t need to worry about repairing frayed cords, damaged plugs or malfunctioning outlets because tubular daylighting systems don’t use them. This also makes them extremely safe to use.

Reason #4: Daylighting Is Convenient

How many times do you turn on your electric lights each day? Have you ever found yourself struggling to flip the light switch with an elbow or shoulder when your hands are full of groceries or laundry? Do you find yourself constantly reminding others in your household to turn off the lights when they’re not in the room?

When you use a tubular daylighting device, you’ll never have to flip a switch again. The system delivers daylight consistently throughout the day, so you’ll have the light you need without having to lift a finger. Plus, you won’t have to nag anyone to turn off the lights because there is no electricity being used that will go to waste.

Even the hybrid systems help in this area because some models are able to trigger the LEDs automatically when light levels get low. Occupancy sensors can also be added so the LEDs trigger only when someone enters a space with low light levels.

Reason #5: Daylighting Makes You Happy

One of the best reasons to daylight your home is because it offers many personal benefits. For example, it can improve your mood, reduce eye strain, make you more productive, boost your concentration, and help you sleep better at night.

Environments with unvaried lighting (i.e., electric lighting) can produce low-level sensory deprivation, which results in boredom, fatigue, lack of concentration, lowered mental capacity, and even depression. The variable lighting offered by daylighting provides mental stimulation by clueing you into what’s happening outside as weather changes and clouds shift through the sky.

Solatube Daylighting Systems and Solatube Smart LED Systems offer all these benefits and more.

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Solatube Daylighting Systems use breakthrough optical technologies to pipe pure, natural light indoors. From sunup to sundown, daylight is harvested by our patented rooftop dome and transferred to your home through the world’s most reflective tubing. Specially designed lenses then evenly disperse the sunlight throughout your room so you can see better, accomplish more and live better.

Solatube Capture Technology

Raybender® 3000 Technology

A patented daylight-capturing dome lens that:

  • Redirects low-angle sunlight for maximum light capture
  • Rejects overpowering summer midday sunlight
  • Provides consistent daylighting throughout the day
Solatube Transfer Technology

Spectralight® Infinity Tubing

Tubing made of the world’s most reflective material that:

  • Delivers 99.7% * specular reflectivity for maximum sunlight transfer
  • Provides the purest color rendition possible so colors are truer, brighter
  • Allows for run lengths over 30 feet to deliver sunlight to lower floors
Daylight Delivery Technology

Stylish Daylight Delivery

Form and function combine for optimal daylight diffusion with:

  • Solatube Decorative Fixtures
  • Warming and softening Effect Lenses
  • Ventilation, dimmer and nighttime lighting options
Solatube 160DS Technology

160 DS

The Solatube 160 DS is designed to deliver sunlight to spaces up to 200 sq. ft. So it’s just right for small to medium-sized areas like bathrooms, laundry rooms, closets and hallways. Use multiples for larger rooms.

160 DSe

The Solatube 160 DSe provides the ultimate in energy-efficient daylighting. Delivering natural light to spaces up to 200 sq. ft., it is designed to minimize heat loss in extremely cold climates and heat gain in extremely warm climates. As a result, this product has earned an Energy Star rating.

  •  Tube Size ≈ 10 in. (250 mm)
  • Light Coverage Area ≈ 150-200 ft.2 (14 – 19 m2)
  • Potential Tube Length ≈ 20 ft. (6 m)
Solatube 290DS Technology

290 DS

For large areas like kitchens, family rooms and bedrooms, the Solatube 290 DS is what you want. It delivers sunlight to spaces up to 300 sq. ft.

290 DSe

The Solatube 290 DSe has earned an Energy Star rating for its ability to minimize heat loss in extremely cold climates and heat gain in extremely warm ones. It offers the highest level of energy efficiency and can light spaces up to 300 sq. ft.

  • Tube Size ≈ 14 in. (350 mm)
  • Light Coverage Area ≈ 250-300 ft.2 (23 – 28 m2)
  • Potential Tube Length ≈ 30 ft. (9 m)

Roof Flashings

Roof Flashings

For fast and easy installation, Solatube flashings are available for nearly all roof types and pitches. The flashings provide complete protection, fabricated as a single, seamed piece to ensure leakproof performance.

No Pitch Flashing

No Pitch Flashing

Use on low pitched or flat roofs. Available in 4 in. (100 mm) or 6 in. (150 mm) heights. Use 6 in. (150 mm) for areas prone to heavy snow loads and on commercial roofs

  • 160 DS / 160 DSe
  • 290 DS / 290 DSe
Pitched Flashing

Pitched Flashing

Provides a horizontal opening on a sloped roof

  • 160 DS / 160 DSe
  • 290 DS / 290 DSe
Universal Tile Flashing

Universal Tile Flashing

Pitched or no pitch models are available. Use standard pitched or standard no pitch flashing as a base.

  • 160 DS / 160 DSe
  • 290 DS / 290 DSe
Curb Mount Flashing

Curb Mount Flashing

Designed for use on all roof curbs for all roof types.  For use with any pre-built wood or manufactured metal curb.

  • 290 DS / 290 DSe


Different Solatub Mounts On Roofs

Different Solatub Mounts On Roofs


Ventilation Add-on Kit

Ventilation Add-on Kit

Solatube Daylighting Systems can easily transform a dark, interior bathroom or laundry room into a bright and beautiful space. But what about the issue of trapped humidity caused by steamy showers or a constantly running washer and dryer? Solatube can handle that too. The Ventilation Add-On Kit combines daylighting and ventilation into one attractive fixture, leaving your rooms humidity-free and your ceiling looking orderly and uncluttered. Ducting and roof vent cap sold separately.

  • 160 DS / DSe
Light Add-on Kit

Universal Light Add-On Kit

This kit works with either compact fluorescent or incandescent bulbs. For the 160 DS, the light fixture holds one 23-watt maximum compact fluorescent bulb or a 100-watt maximum medium base incandescent bulb. The 290 DS light fixture holds two bulbs.

This add-on easily attaches to the inside of the system’s tubing to deliver lighting for nighttime use. It also prevents unnecessary clutter on your ceiling because it uses the same space as a Solatube Daylighting System.

Daylight Dimmer

Daylight Dimmer

Bright sunlight flooding your home is great…unless you want to take an afternoon nap or use your entertainment center in the middle of the day. Never fear. The optional Daylight Dimmer solves this issue. Using a patented butterfly baffle and a convenient wall-mounted switch, the Daylight Dimmer lets you adjust room light levels simply and easily.

Double Pole Double Throw (DPDT) Switch

Daylight Dimmer Switch Kit (sold separately) includes DPDT switch, wall plate and 15 ft/4.5 m of cable. Multiple Daylight Dimmers can be controlled by one switch.

  • 160 DS / DSe
  • 290 DS / DSe
Spectralight Infinity 0-90 Degree Tubing

Spectralight® Infinity 0-90 Degree Extension Tube

Provides superior performance that flexible tubes can’t match. An innovative design with three built-in 30 degree angle adapters that give you the flexibility to install around obstacles.

Available in 23 in. (580 mm) length.

  • 160 DS / DSe
  • 290 DS / DSe
Spectralight Infinity Tubing

Spectralight® Infinity Extension Tube

Extension tubes can be added in increments of 16 in. (400 mm) or 24 in. (600 mm) for long runs without sacrificing performance. The secret is the unrivaled reflectivity of Spectralight® Infinity tubing, making it possible to create up to 90 degree angles and long tube runs up to 30 ft. (9 m).

  • 160 DS / DSe
  • 290 DS / DSe
Flashing Turret Extensions

Flashing Turret Extensions

Use to raise the height of the Solatube dome on a roof to avoid snow, water, or shading from roof obstructions. Order additional Spectralight® Infinity Tubing to accommodate turret height. Available in 2 in. (50 mm), 4 in. (100 mm), 12 in. (300 mm), 24 in. (600 mm), 36 in. (900 mm) and 48 in. (1200 mm) sizes.

  • 160 DS / DSe
    290 DS / DSe