The tubular skylight was invented by Solatube in the 1980s, but many homeowners are just now learning about them and how Solatube systems can transform their homes from dull to dazzling. One reason for the increased familiarity with Solatube and daylighting in general is the homebuilding industry’s focus on the green energy movement. To date, more than two million homeowners have installed Solatube Daylighting Systems and are enjoying the benefits of beautiful, natural daylight in their homes. Homeowners who are reluctant to move forward with the Solatube Daylighting System as a solution to chasing away the darkness, might be reluctant to install Solatube units because they perceive these products as still being in development, ‘working out the bugs’, or in their first generation. This is not the case with the Solatube Daylighting System. As they do with other home improvement systems and building products/techniques, homeowners are encouraged to do some simple research to learn about the Solatube Daylighting System and determine if it is the right product for their particular applications.
Given that Solatube has been brightening homes and businesses for over 25 years, there is a wealth of information on the internet about daylighting, tubular skylights, Solatube Daylighting Systems, and other copycat tube lights / sun tunnels. Technical data, before and after images, videos, and customer comments are readily available to researchers. Solatube International or your local Premier Solatube Dealer are also good places to request information or for ideas of where to look on the web. Combining a zip code or city name with key words such as ‘Solatube’, ‘solar tube lighting’, ‘tubular skylights’, ‘daylighting’ and/or ‘Solatube reviews’ can yield immediate web search results.
A great way to get hands-on knowledge of the Solatube Daylighting System is to attend home improvement shows, building industry trade shows, and remodeling/building fairs where Solatube products are on display. Online research and printed brochures are great ways to familiarize oneself with Solatube systems, but these sources can only go so far in explaining the benefits of Solatube daylighting. Homeowners will be better served by actually seeing these products and speaking with experienced daylighting technicians who have installed Solatubes and can explain the many options and features. Many trade show displays will include mock-up structures that include Solatube installations, which give prospective purchasers a first-hand look at how Solatube Daylighting Systems might appear in their own homes.
Solatube In Action
The next step to determining if the Solatube Daylighting System is right for your particular application is to see it in action. Seeing the Solatube in a Premier Dealer showroom or in an existing customer’s home really brings together all of the details and technical specifications the homeowner has learned previously. Premier Solatube dealers and professional Certified Installation Consultants can provide more information about optional add-ons such as dimmers, light kits, solar night lights, and ventilation systems that increase the utility of Solatube Daylighting Systems. Solatube professionals can also explain how you can personalize your Solatube’s appearance with a variety of decorative ceiling fixtures and even help you decide on whether a round or square Solatube fits your need and style. Some dealers might also be able to provide references and testimonials from other homeowners that have installed Solatube systems in their own homes.
Finally, homeowners should schedule an in-home consultation with an experienced Solatube Certified Installation Consultant. By seeing your unique spaces and needs, your personal Solatube technician can recommend different options for Solatube products in various areas of the home. He/she can generate specific cost estimates and explain any specials, discounts, or financing options that may be available. He could also provide up-to-date details on possible tax credits and other incentives that federal and state governments provide for installation of green energy products. For 2015 and 2016, for example, homeowners were able to take an energy tax credit of up to 10% of the Solatube product cost against income taxes owed for the year. In addition, for 2017 and possibly beyond, when the Solar Powered Night Light is incorporated into the Solatube Daylighting System, materials and professional installation qualify for a 30% Federal Solar Energy Tax Credit.
An experienced Solatube Certified Installation Consultant / technician will also review the pros and cons of Solatubes for each specific installation. Solatube Daylighting Systems are great choices for bathrooms and other wet areas because they are sealed environments, and unless desired, do not involve any electrical wiring. They are also more secure and less expensive than traditional skylights. Alternately, if a home is an a heavily wooded lot or is in some other area with limited exposure to the sun, your technician can explain other options for harnessing natural daylight light to illuminate an interior space.
Green Home Ohio is a premier dealer of Solatube products in Central Ohio. Please call Green Home Ohio at 614-561-6432 for answers to any questions you may have about those products and if you would like to explore Solatube options in your own home.