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Solatube: Innovations in Daylighting

Solatube Co.The Solatube Daylighting System captures light through a dome on the roof and channels it down through our internal reflective system. This tubing is far more efficient than a traditional drywall skylight shaft, which can lose over half of the potential light. The tubing will fit between rafters and will install easily with no structural modification. At the ceiling level, a diffuser that resembles a recessed light fixture spreads the light evenly throughout the room.

Solatube Brighten UpTraditional skylights have their place, as do tubular skylights. There are a few key benefits of the Solatube Daylighting System, however, including flexible location options, low cost of installation and better lighting performance.

The Solatube Daylighting System is able to accomplish better lighting performance results than a similar size box skylight, because it doesn’t use a skylight well (in which light is lost through absorption into the drywall shaft). They capture light more effectively on the rooftop and efficiently transfer more of it down the reflective tube and into the room.

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Additionally, the Solatube Daylighting System provides better light diffusion. Instead of lighting only the space directly below the skylight, the daylighting system uses optics to spread the light out, often lighting the entire room.

The Brighten Up Series includes the Solatube 160 DS (10 in/250 mm Daylighting System) and Solatube 290 DS (14 in/350 mm Daylighting System). The Solatube Daylighting System can be installed quickly and easily between standard rafters and joist and without structural modifications. The series also includes optional diffusers and flashings, as well as Light Add-On kit, Daylight Dimmer and Ventilation Add-On kit.

The Solatube Daylighting System will not cause fading. The acrylic dome filters all but 0.1% of UV, then all but 2.4% of that is filtered by the diffuser. So over 99.9% of UV is filtered out.

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