Q: Can anyone tell me about daylighting or natural light systems, such as those made by Solatube and Velux?
I had never heard of anything like the systems made by Solatube and Velux for residential use. I had only heard of natural lighting systems being used in fancy green office buildings. I came across these companies yesterday on the internet and I couldn't be more excited about these products!
Can anyone tell me about residential daylighting systems? How much do these cost? How difficult are they to install? Which vendor is the best between Solatube and Velux? Are there other vendors I should consider? Thank you! These systems are so cool!
A: Daylighting tubes are great!
Both of these brands are equal in quality and very similar in price. I personally use more Velux tubes because they are stocked at my local Dixieline. The big advantages to daylight tubes are they give you the ability to get daylight where it would be impossible to install a regular skylight and cost far less than traditional skylights. The tubing can turn and "bend" around obstacles such as ducting and plumbing in your attic. These tubes also give you the chance to daylight the "dark" side of your home. These systems are relatively inexpensive. At K-Co we charge roughly $950.00 including the materials for a standard tube light installation.
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A: Agreed with K-Co
I also carry both these products. They have many advantages over skylights. Ease of installation the look is very much like a large high hat light. As far as brands they both a great products as far as skylights I would never install anything but a Velux. Light tubes both a good my team prefers to use the Solatube brand they are a little easier to install. A recent project we did was removing a light in a dark hallway and replacing with a solatube that had a light kit built in. The customer was very excited about how much light they obtained by spending less than $1000.
If you need airflow a skylight may be a better option if there is room. I personally love light and air and have 6 Velux skylights. I am planning on adding 2 Solatubes with light kits and vent fans in my bath room to replace existing light fan combo units.
Good luck with your project
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