There’s a new trend in homes that seems to really be taking off like wildfire. Solar tubes are rapidly gaining popularity as a way to both provide light and heat during the daytime without costing any electricity. This is because they reflect the natural sunlight into a room thus illuminating it far beyond the power of a normal light bulb.

”Solar power is going to be absolutely essential to meeting growing energy demands while staving off climate change.” - Ramez Naam

What Is a Solar Tube?

It's really a night and day difference
Light up your hallways the natural way. Source: Deavita

In layman’s terms, it’s basically a cylinder of reflective material with a lens at both ends with the purpose of magnifying light and heat into a single room from the roof. This can light up a small room in the house, while providing a little extra boost of heat as well.

The best part is, it uses absolutely no electricity, and is totally solar powered.

Amazingly, solar tube reviews are overwhelmingly positive, and many homeowners benefit from having one installed in their homes. Here’s what to keep in mind when installing a solar tube.

  • Weather conditions
  • Location on home
  • Roof framing spacing
  • Roof material
  • Roof slope
  • Sunlight that hits your home

Where Can You Install a Solar Tube?

Answer: pretty much anywhere that is a straight shot from the roof
Can be used is a wide array of rooms. Source: Baminigolf

Because the design process is so simple, the installation process is also fairly easy. Solar tubes don’t need to alter the framework or electrical components of your home, so basically anywhere there’s a straight shot from the roof through the attic you can basically put one. You can even cut through layers if you’re trying to get to a basement, usually by following a mechanical chase in your home. Here are a few ideal locations for where you can install a solar tube.

  • Laundry rooms
  • Bathrooms
  • Kitchens
  • Walk-in closets
  • Stairways
  • Hallways
  • Anywhere you don’t get enough light

Benefits of a Solar Tube

A proper example of how to install
Basically how the unit works. Source: Winter

As mentioned before, the process requires exactly zero energy. So not only does it eventually pay for itself, but it’s a completely natural, green way to light up your home. Even the smallest model, a 10 inch tube, will generate the power of three regular 100 watt light bulbs. This means that a solar tube is perfect for lighting up any small room in the household. The only place you probably wouldn’t want to install one is in front of a screen, as it can generate a glare.

Cost of a Solar Tube

A great way to light and heat the home naturally
Hire a pro today to get started. Source: DIY network

Because the cost is so low, solar tubes tend to pay for themselves in terms of energy savings over the span of just a few years. And in the debate of solar tubes vs skylights, the prices aren’t even close.

Solar tubes may cost anywhere from $500 to $1,000 for a standard installation, but skylights can cost an upwards of $2,000 to $5,000 or more depending on the model. So if you’re just in need of a smaller room being illuminated, solar tube costs are certainly far more reasonable.

Want to know what other solar options are out there? Is your home in need of energy saving technology? Get a free estimate from a local pro today!

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