Thinking Green

Advantages of Tubular Skylights in Your Home

By: Danny Lipford

Tubular skylights are a great way to provide natural light in dark rooms, closets, and hallways. The interior of the tube contains a highly reflective surface, so sunlight is reflected into the room throughout the day. Tubular skylights are easier to install than traditional skylights and provide light during the day without using any electricity.

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I don’t know of any kid that doesn’t like playing with a periscope. Especially if it’s one you make yourself, like this one. Periscopes aren’t green, but the concept is. It uses two mirrors to reflect the image so you can see over walls or around corners. Why is that green? Well, you’ve heard me talk about using natural light to brighten your home and reduce the need to turn on the lights, but what do you do about the places without the benefit of windows…such as closets, hallways and interior bathrooms? These are the perfect spots for tubular skylights. It works because of the reflective surface inside the tube. It’s like having 360 degrees of mirrors, so no matter what time of day it is, the sunlight will always reflect into the room. And the best part is, you’re not using one dime of electricity.



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