tubular skylights

johnuchSeptember 20, 2008

has anyone had any experience with tubular skylights ie odl, Velux...........thx

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housekeeping

TRy asking in Home Dec. forum. Lots of poeple there have posted about them.

Molly~

    Bookmark   September 21, 2008 at 9:20PM
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sautesmom

I put one in my bathroom, and was astonished at how much light it added (and the top if it is under my air conditioner, too!!) I loved the light so much I added two more to my kitchen, and also added the light kits so they would put light out at night, too.

Carla in Sac

    Bookmark   September 22, 2008 at 4:06PM
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Carol_from_ny

I've seen a few in various houses. They do an awesome job.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2008 at 8:26PM
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ironorchid

i put two in my kitchen and i love them. lots of diffused light, less need for electricity. i'm thinking of putting another in a dark hallway, and a north side room. the installers can put one in in about two hours if its a straight run. i may do the next one myself, now that i've seen what's involved. i used a brand called "daylite", because the roof hardware is metal, vice plastic, and the brand has a good warranty. by the way the tubular skylights are eligible for energy tax savings.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2008 at 12:02AM
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kathleenca

My daughter had them installed in two interior bathrooms. What a difference they make! It used to be like going into a cave to enter one, but now (during daylight hours) it's just like entering a room that has windows.

A friend installed one in a long, dark interior hallway that depressed her & has been quite satisfied.

I have read that they are easier & less expensive to install (I believe my daughter's were $500 for the two, about three years ago) than regular skylights. They are also supposed to have many fewer leakage problems than skylights.

The interior of the tube is metal for good light reflection. However, I don't care for the metal color shining down in the ceiling, & would ask if white would work.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2008 at 8:04PM
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johnuch

kathleenca: what do you mean by metal shining down?.............i got a quote for $439 for a 10" and $539 for the 14"..............

    Bookmark   September 26, 2008 at 12:18PM
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kathleenca

Hi Johnuch,

I'm sorry - I should have been more clear. The interior of the tube that goes to the roof is a silver metal, aluminum, I think, for better light reflection. The tube comes into the ceiling of the room, like a skylight, & is covered with a round plastic or glass cover (about 14" across). It looks rather like a light fixture when you glance at it.

The color of the light & cover is silver. I would prefer white or even a pale yellow - more like a light bulb than a metal or silver color that I am not used to seeing on a ceiling.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2008 at 6:40PM
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kathyg_in_mi

Friends of ours have one in the bathroom. After using the bathroom I kept trying to turn off the "light". Amazing how much light they let in.
Kathy G in MI

    Bookmark   September 27, 2008 at 10:28PM
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ironorchid

my light comes out yellowish/white, the color of the sun overhead. i would call the incoming light "natural light", not metallic, even on overcast days. another cool thing is that you also get light coming in on full moon nights.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2008 at 12:42AM
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ironorchid

my light comes out yellowish/white, the color of the sun overhead. i would call the incoming light "natural light", not metallic, even on overcast days. another cool thing is that you also get light coming in on full moon nights.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   September 30, 2008 at 1:21AM
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johnuch

other then i haven't done any thing yet....but will probably go with odl

    Bookmark   July 13, 2009 at 1:26PM
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DawnMc

Tubular Skylights are not all the same. Use common sense and do a little research on each manufacturer page and it will be very clear. The Solatube Brand has patents that make it the brightest and even deliver more HOURS of daylight. This is simply because the tubing is the most reflective (99.7%) AND the dome on the roof uses a fresnel lens (think lighthouses) to capture more light early and late in the day. If you want to change the white light (full spectrum daylight) to a warmer color, add theatrical film in any shade of ivory or auburn that you want. Yes - I work for a company that carries Solatube (in WA) and if they didn't do a terrific job with our gray skies, we wouldn't be celebrating twenty years. Less than 3% of our customers choose to change the color by the way. AND We HAVE GLASS ceiling lenses! TIP - A tubular skylight should ALWAYS be installed for less than what you would pay for a traditional box skylight. Use the 10" in smaller rooms and the 14" in larger rooms (kitchen/living). Don't place between you and the TV if you watch TV during the day (unless you add an electric dimmer). Same goes for a bedroom.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2014 at 7:19PM
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Moccasin

This subject interest me, I'd like to see any additional posts.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2014 at 7:36PM
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bluewillow09

I put a solatube in my kitchen. It makes a huge difference. It kind of looks like a big recessed light on the ceiling. They go in fast, no need to change any framing or anything.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2014 at 7:44PM
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Moccasin

This subject interest me, I'd like to see any additional posts.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2014 at 10:08PM
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