Lower Your Utility Bills With Tubular Skylights

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Have you noticed that sun-dome skylights are now appearing in more buildings? These light diffusing devices can also be termed a sun tube or sun tunnel and are usually categorized alongside other TDD's (tubular lighting devices). They can be bought in a range of designs such as straight, jointed, or curved, all of which are able to boost the level of natural light entering a room space.

They have a resemblance to other recessed lighting fixtures and would not look out of place no matter what decor is dominant in the room. It is often said that a skylight is easier to install than other tubular lighting devices and in most cases would cost less. Their size also means that the heat lost in winter and the heat gained in the summer months is greatly reduced. They are highly efficient when compared to other skylights.

The basic concept involves providing a living area with indirect and diffused sunlight. As the sunlight is not entering a room directly, this results in less damage to carpets and other furnishings from UV rays. For the same reason there would be less strain on the eyes. They are also available with an integrated electrical light that can be used during times of low light or night time.

The bulk of tubular skylight designs feature an acrylic lens and metal frame. The actual tubes are place within a dome that is fixed into the roof. They also use a reflective sun scoop that directs the daylight into a tube. This tube has a reflective coating that can guide the light out through a diffuser. It is the diffuser that can be seen in the room's ceiling.

Although they are quite compact when compared to other skylights, a tubular design is still able to bring a high level of light into any room. It has been claimed that on an average winter's day the light output is the same as a 700 watt bulb, while during the summer this can increase to 1200 watts. This would be sufficient for almost everyone's needs.

The amount a tubular skylight costs is going to depend on its size, as well as quality. The starting price can be as low as a hundred bucks, but expect to pay more than five hundred for the top of the range designs. It is best to steer clear of the cheapest products as they are unlikely to have been made to a high quality.

When choosing an installer, it is wise to do a fair amount of research. Do not choose an installer without doing a background check. If possible, use a firm that has been recommended to you. If the installer has little or no experience you may end up with a skylight that is prone to drafts and leaks.

It is not that difficult for an experienced DIY enthusiast to a tubular skylight by themselves. With the cost of electricity rising upwards each year it makes perfect sense to take on board practices that can reduce the energy required to heat and cool a home as much as possible. By choosing skylights, you would also discover that the atmosphere becomes less stressful and more productive than if using only artificial lights.

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