The Joy of Daylighting

The past few months I’ve had an opportunity to work with Solatube International Inc., and dive deep into all of the features of their tubular daylighting devices. If you’re seeking an energy-efficient lighting system for your home that is easy to install and will last for years, Solatube is your answer.

My first article highlighted the personal experience that I have living with a Solatube Daylighting System in my home. It not only altered the electric bill (by bringing it down) but also changed the patterns of usage for rooms and literally illuminated the dark corners and halls.

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For my second article I had an opportunity to go behind-the-scenes with Solatube International and visit their headquarters in Vista, California, where they build their products that ship to destinations around the world. They’ve been providing jobs in the San Diego area for many years and have recently expanded their design and testing facilities.

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For my most recent Solatube article I visited a Solatube Premier Dealer who guided me through the entire product line and explained in detail the installation process, which isn’t as intense as you’d think. In usually about 2 hours they can bring daylight into your home.

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It’s great the see the interest our series has received from readers such as Kevin O’Connor, Host of This Old House.

as well as Home Improvement celebrities, MyFixItUpLife

Solatube.com is a great resource for learning more about the company’s energy-efficient and eco-friendly products and for viewing their informative videos that are definitely worth a look.

 

Disclosure: This article is sponsored by Solatube International, Inc.. All opinions expressed are those of Timothy Dahl of Charles & Hudson. Solatube International’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.
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Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
  • Justin Cordell

    Thanks for this series – I’m eager to checkin with my local dealer. Hoping there is someone nearby.

    • tambo100

      Justin,

      You can search for a local Solatube Dealer at: http://www.solatube.com/residential/find-solatube-dealer-near-you

      If you cannot find someone that services your area, do not give up hope. Just give me a call to discuss how you can still have Solatube brighten your spaces.

      Have a bright day!
      Todd
      Capital City Daylighting
      Central Ohio’s Premiere Solatube Dealer
      Columbus, OH 43206
      614.733.9786

  • Steve D

    This is definitely more expensive then what I’ve seen at Home Depot. But I gotta go with American Made!!!

  • Janis

    Has anyone used these for basements? Could I bypass the first and second floor of my home and bring it right into into the basement space?

    • tambo100

      Janis – I am one of the owners of Capital City Daylighting, central Ohio’s Premiere Solatube Dealer. To answer your question – yes, because of materials only Solatube uses, the Solatube Daylighting System can traverse floors of a structure. In fact, we have successfully done this a number of times. It is important to understand that only Solatube’s Spectralight Infinity reflective tubing and Raybender dome technology can ensure your lower levels will get the light output you expect. So you know, we have run the 14″ Solatube system nearly 35′ with two 90 degree elbows with amazing light output.

      This being said, the challenge to running the Solatube (or anything) through floors to lower levels is that floor cavities traditionally house electrical wiring, ducting, and other mechanicals. If installing in an existing structure, you will need to be absolutely sure that the path is clear before moving forward with the project.

      I hope this helps. If you need more details or want to chat, please contact us at 614.733.9786.

      Have a bright day!
      Todd
      Owner/Certified Installation Consultant
      Capital City Daylighting
      Columbus, OH 43206