Definition: Solar tubes (also known as light tube, tubular skylights, solar tube lighting, or light pipes) are tube-shaped pipes that capture natural sunlight and distribute it to the interior parts of your home or office for the purpose of illumination. Compared to traditional skylights, solar tubes are more compact and cost less to install.
How Do Solar Tubes Work?
The basic working principle of a solar tube is that it allows natural sunlight into your building through a tube installed on your room. A solar tube consists of a dome to capture the sunlight, a reflective tube to transfer the light to the diffuser, and a diffuser to alter the light intensity, color, or both.
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How Much Do Solar Tubes Cost?
On average, solar tubes cost about $750; with costs ranging from $500-$1,000 for professional installation in 2019.
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What Are the Pros & Cons of Solar Tubes?
Solar tube pros and cons include:
Solar Tube Pros
Pro: Leak proof
Pro: Don’t require major construction
Pro: Save money on electricity
Solar Tube Cons
Con: Cannot be opened
Con: Cost more than traditional skylights
Con: No sky view compared to traditional skylights
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