Tubular Skylight or Solar Tube:
Your tubular skylight or commonly called a ‘solar tube’ are high-tech skylights.
The best way to describe this class of products is that they are ‘Sun Tunnels’. A sun tunnel pipes your daylight from your roof, through your attic, and down into your home. What that means is that you get the highest quality light delivered. You beautify and brighten your home all at once.
Houston Daylighting only uses products from the premier quality, technological leader. Solatube brand tubular skylight. There are many variations of solar tubes on the market, of varying quality. A quality solar tube, or sun tunnel, is both durable and beautiful for many years to come. Your solar tube must deliver consistent beautiful sunlight year after year, with little to no maintenance. Additionally, only your Solatube brand daylighting systems are able to withstand the brutal sun. As a result, sun tunnel skylights need to endure scorching attic temperatures without discoloring, cracking, or materially failing in any other way.
There are three main zones to your solar tubes: Capture, Transfer & Delivery.
Tubular Skylight Capture Zone:
The capture zone of your solar tube skylight is the most critical for several reasons.
First, this is where you need to remove destructive UV radiation from your light. By removing UV light at the dome top of your Solatube brand sun tunnel skylight you protect everything under your dome from cracking, fading, and discoloration.
Second, your high-impact acrylic dome top secures your home by keeping the weather and harsh elements outside where they belong! For extreme weather areas, where hail and hurricanes are prevalent, you even have the option to seamlessly add a second protective lens at ZERO light loss!
Third, your solar tube skylight from the top quality Solatube brand comes with a south-facing mirror called a ‘Lighttracker’ that reflects light into your home early in the day, boosting your light delivery before the sun is fully up.
Prism Light Boost:
Fourth, and one of the coolest features is the use of Solatube‘s Raybender3000 technology that both accelerates the collection of light in low light times and breaks away excess light, through the use of prisms. This means that you maximize your beautiful natural light for more hours of the day and minimize the overpowering levels of the high-noon Texas sun.
Fifth, the workhorse of your solar tube capture zone is your flashing! Without a thick, durable, and properly installed flashing very bad things can happen by breaking the moisture barrier. Your solar tubes installed by Houston Daylighting use extremely broad, thick, and durable steel alloy flashings that are screwed firmly into your roof’s decking. This means that your moisture barrier runs high and deep quickly shedding down and away from your home’s interior. Us of screws sealed into place guarantees that your flashing will remain firmly in place for years to come, and that means zero maintenance headaches for you!
Solar Tube Transfer Zone:
Sun tunnels all must pipe your daylight from your roof, through your attic, and into your home where you plan to deliver beautiful natural daylight.
Your tubular skylight choice here is critical!
There are lots of imitation light tubes. The basic materials and quality of those materials used are varied also. You need to pick the best quality you can! The number of times Houston Daylighting receives calls from good people who were talked into cut-rate pieces by some salesperson or corner-cutting contractor selling the line that cheap materials and poor manufacturing are just as good as the premier brand in the field is tragic.
So you know, The industry standard is the ‘SpectralightInfinity‘ reflective surface, which not only reflects 99.6% of daylight with each bounce but is backed up by unique IR absorbent material so that you have almost no solar heat transferred into your home! Your reflective & IR blocking material runs through aircraft-grade aluminum, which is both strong and light.
Solatube Signature Delivery Zone:
Your sun tunnel delivery zone is where you can most express your personality. This is where you get to choose your shape, and choose between several sleek modern lighting fixture options.
Skylight Installation, Things to Remember:
Your Solatube experience counts!
As a pioneer in natural lighting for over 25 years, Solatube continues to perfect every aspect of its daylighting systems. It is important to remember that premium solar tubes have leak-proof flashings. Therefore, your leak-proof solar tube flashing is perfect to mount its sunlight collectors on any roof type: from shingle to tile and everything in between. And now we have integrated solar-electric technology using solar LED lighting that generates and stores energy. This means you can extend the time your home is naturally lit beyond normal daylight hours.
Your solar tube is more than just a skylight!
Another innovation is the butterfly baffle that works with remote control. This allows you to determine how bright you want your space to be by controlling the amount of light coming in. At night, the new smart NightLight generates and stores energy, giving you muted lighting after the sun goes down. This is especially important in bathrooms. In fact, one of the easiest bathroom ideas you can incorporate is to add a Solatube to this typically underlit room. The Nightlight option with its LED solar lights lets you use your bathroom safely 24 hours a day.
Tubular skylights are versatile!
Choose the style that works for you!
Whether you choose our high-utility dome…or our sleek, low-profile collector… you’ll benefit from having the most advanced sunlight-capturing technologies available on your roof. And when it comes to inside your home, our Architect Series of attractive inside fixtures, either round or square, adds style and beauty to any decor.
No matter how your home is built, you can relax. Once you know that Houston Daylighting’s products and expert installers offer only the best. Quality will enhance your surroundings with natural sky lighting to brighten your home and save you money.