With energy bills on the rise and the environment always being of concern, it comes as no surprise that homeowners and building designers are looking for smart solutions. Solatube Daylighting Systems are changing the way people think about residential daylighting by offering a simple, smart alternative.
What is a Solatube Daylighting System?
Solatube Daylighting Systems, also known as Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs), capture sunlight using a rooftop dome, and then transfer it indoors through a reflective tube that runs from the roof to the ceiling. From there, the light is evenly dispersed into the interior space using a diffuser. They are the only high-performance daylighting devices that use patented optical technologies to significantly improve the way daylight is harnessed and delivered to interiors.
Solatube Daylighting Systems have several benefits:
1. Energy efficiency
Not only does a Solutube Daylighting System provide exceptional lighting, but the lessened dependency on artificial lighting can help reduce the use of electricity by as much as 10%!
Since Solatube uses natural light instead of electricity, it reduces the harmful emissions generated from the power plant. TDDs allow you to switch off electric lights during the day, which reduces environmental pollution.
2. Health benefits
Increasing daily exposure to natural light can be very beneficial to your health in a variety of ways!
- Provide a great source of vitamin D
- Help to lower blood pressure and boost your mood
- Enhance mental and physical well-being
- Increase concentration and energy levels
If you have poor lighting in your office at work, you could suffer from eye fatigue and headaches. On the other hand, natural lighting can actually improve your performance at work!
3. Cost effective
Tubular Daylighting Devices cost considerably less than other daylighting options, such as windows and skylights, including both product and installation costs. You will also save money through lower energy bills.
Since this product is so efficient, you may be able to take advantage of potential tax credits associated with installing ENERGY STAR® qualified products.
4. Easy installation
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.
The compact and flexible design of TDDs allows 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. Think hallways and bathrooms!
Particularly in neighborhoods where houses are in close proximity, privacy can become an issue. With TDDs, homeowners can have the natural light they desire as well as the privacy they need.