Tube skylights FAQs

Sundowner Skylights is a leading manufacturer and supplier of tube skylights, which provide natural daylight to homes and buildings. This FAQ aims to answer some common questions about tube skylights and their benefits.

Q: What is a tube skylight?

A: A tube skylight is a type of skylight using reflective tubes to capture natural light from the roof and transmit it into a room below. Tube skylights typically utilize highly reflective materials such as aluminum, maximising the amount of light entering the room.

Q: What are the benefits of tube skylights?

A: Tube skylights have several benefits, including:

· Abundant Natural Light: Tube lights provide an ample supply of natural light, creating a brighter and more inviting atmosphere within a space.

· Energy Efficiency: Tube lights offer energy-efficient lighting solutions, helping to reduce electricity consumption and lower utility costs.

· Mood Enhancement: The presence of natural light has been shown to positively impact mood, promoting a sense of well-being and productivity.

· Cost Savings: By harnessing natural light, tube lights can reduce the need for artificial lighting during daylight hours, resulting in potential cost savings on energy bills.

· Eco-Friendliness: Tube lights contribute to a more sustainable environment by reducing reliance on artificial lighting, leading to a decreased carbon footprint and a greener approach to lighting.

Q: What types of tube skylights are available?

A: There are several types of tube skylights available, including:

· Leverage the exceptional power of rigid tube skylights, built with durable metal or plastic tubing, for spanning long, straight distances.

· Flexible tube skylights offer adaptability with their flexible tubing, allowing them to easily navigate curves or obstacles on the roof while maintaining optimal functionality.

Q: How much natural light can a tube skylight provide?

A: The amount of natural light a tube skylight can provide depends on several factors, including the size and orientation of the skylight, the amount of sunlight available in your area, and the amount of shading or obstruction on the roof. Generally, tube skylights can provide as much natural light as a traditional skylight or several windows but with a much smaller footprint.

Q: How do I install a tube skylight?

A: Tube skylights are relatively easy to install and should be installed by a professional. The installation process involves cutting a hole in the roof, fitting the tube into the hole, and securing it in place with flashing and sealant. Connect the tube to a diffuser or lens in the ceiling to evenly distribute the natural light throughout the room, ensuring a harmonious and well-lit environment.

Q: How much does a tube skylight cost?

A: Tube skylight costs vary based on factors like size, type, installation complexity, and the location of your property.

Q: Are tube skylights energy-efficient?

A: Yes, Tube skylights are energy-efficient, reducing bills by providing ample natural light during the day.

Reduce dependence on electric lighting, which can comprise up to 25% of total energy consumption, with tube skylights.

Q: How do tube skylights perform in different weather conditions?

A: Tube skylights demonstrate exceptional durability by being specifically engineered to withstand diverse weather conditions, including rain, wind, and hail.

Q: How does a tube skylight work?

A: A tube skylight comprises three main parts: the rooftop dome, the reflective tube, and the diffuser

The robust rooftop dome made of acrylic or polycarbonate captures and utilizes ample natural daylight emitted by the sun. The reflective tube, constructed from premium materials like aluminum or silver-coated polymer, powerfully channels the light downwards to the diffuser, ensuring maximum efficiency and optimal light distribution. The diffuser is a ceiling-mounted fixture that spreads the light evenly throughout the room.

Q: Is a tube skylight suitable for all types of roofs?

A: Tube skylights conquer all roof types, including flat, sloped, and curved, displaying unmatched installation versatility. The installation process varies based on the roof type, but professional installers offer expert guidance for the optimal approach.

Q: What is the difference between a tube skylight and a traditional skylight?

A: Tube skylights differ from traditional skylights in their unique approach to capturing and distributing natural light. Traditional skylights are installed directly into the roof and allow natural light to enter the room directly. However, they can also allow excess heat and glare to enter the room, increasing energy consumption and discomfort.

Tube skylights capture rooftop natural light, channeling it through a reflective tube to a ceiling-installed diffuser for optimal illumination. This method allows for the even distribution of natural light and eliminates the heat and glare associated with traditional skylights.

Q: Do tube skylights require maintenance?

A: Maximize natural light by regularly cleaning the tube skylight’s dome and diffuser while enjoying minimal maintenance requirements. Clean the dome with a soft cloth and mild soap; remove and wash the diffuser with soap and water. Maintain maximum light reflection by keeping the tube free from debris like leaves or twigs for optimal performance.

Contact Sundowner Skylights For Details

Tube skylights are a low-cost, energy-efficient lighting solution to bring natural light into any room. They require little maintenance and can improve your health and well-being. Sundowner Skylights offers various tube skylights, and our professional installation services ensure the skylights are correctly and safely installed. Consider our tube skylights for a sustainable and energy-efficient lighting solution. Get in touch with us today for more information.