10 inch / 250mm diameter, tubular light pipe system delivers more natural daylight through this small aperture tube, than any of its competitors.
Select this system for smaller areas, such as shower rooms, bathrooms, en-suites, toilets, walk-in closets, utility rooms, hallways and landings.
14 inch / 350mm diameter, tubular light pipe system delivers even more natural daylight through this aperture of tube than any of its competitors.
Choose this system for larger areas, such as kitchens, living rooms, loft conversions, dining rooms, studies, workshops, et cetera
The natural way to bring daylight into those dark and windowless areas of your home.
No other system will deliver as much natural light as a Solatube® – so when you’re choosing a tubular skylight make sure you choose the brightest!
At 99.7% reflectivity, no other system will deliver as much light. And even though some competitor systems boast figures of up to 98%, in a typical installation, this could mean that 30% of the original light volume is lost, compared to around 6% in a Solatube.
Meanwhile, flexible tube systems would only be delivering around 10% of original light.
Consequently, a Solatube is the most efficient way to move light through a sun pipe ... that’s why it’s the world’s number one tubular daylighting system
Ideal for smaller rooms in the home and commercial spaces
Widest range of ceiling diffusers & glass ceiling fixtures
Fits between standard residential roof joists and rafters
Can be fitted where traditional roof lights and windows are impossible
Harvests daylight deeper into buildings where natural light has previously not been an option
A tubular skylight is a hi-tech, yet simple way to bring light into buildings where a traditional window cannot be used effectively. It comprises three basic components which, depending on their efficiency determine the amount of light actually transferred. .
Starting at the top is the Dome.
The purpose of the dome is to capture light and bring it into the tube and to protect the system from the elements. Look out for systems with dome technologies; such as lens systems and built–in reflectors to capture the maximum amount of light. This is particularly important when the dome is located on a roof which does not face south. More light in equals more light out.
Solatube patented Raybender® 3000 Dome
Solatube doesn't just wait for light to fall on the roof dome and into the tube aperture ... their high tech dome uses a patented Fresnel lens system to actively harvest additional daylight that would otherwise have passed straight through the dome and out the other side, and redirects it down into the tube at the steepest possible angle to minimize bounces. Fewer bounces mean less light loss!
Patented LightTracker™ reflector
For north-facing, steep pitches or wall-mounted applications, the supplied LightTracker Reflector delivers even more light into the tube.
Between the Dome and the Roof Cladding is the Flashing / Upstand
The roof flashing ensures watertight performance and straightforward installation for virtually any roof type and pitch, here in the UK.
In addition to the standard flat and pitched roof flashing kits, a number of bespoke flashings from Solatube are available for more challenging roof types such as standing seam, metal roof tile, green roofs and wall-mounted applications.
Below the dome are the light tubes.
These tubes fall into two categories; flexible and rigid. Flexible systems are cheaper but recent tests at the independent Building Research Establishment have shown that, on average, a rigid tube will deliver around 10 times more light than a flexible system.
The simple rule is that the more reflective the tube – the more light will be transferred. Solatube’s tube, at 99.7% reflective, is by far the most efficient. Don’t be fooled by high sounding numbers.
Always ensure that you select a system with the most reflective material, a difference of just one percent will make a massive difference to the light delivered, particularly over longer lengths. The maximum length of tubing will be determined by the reflective value and the width of the tube. A Solatube system with a 350mm tube will deliver light up to 9 meters from the roof.
The Solatube Light Tube
Spectralight® Infinity reflective tubing Spectralight® Infinity is 99.7% reflective. It is the most reflective material used in tubular daylight systems and is used exclusively by Solatube. You may have seen it demonstrated on the BBC's Tomorrow's World programme. Solatube's comparison chart below shows how tube material with a reflective value lower than 99.7% will have a significant impact on the amount of light delivered.
Finally, the Ceiling Diffuser.
The ceiling diffuser is the most visible element of your daylighting system, one that you will see every day. Solatube ensures that their diffusers and ceiling fixtures, as well as functional, are stylish, well-made and attractive .
All ceiling fittings are double-glazed at ceiling level, providing a thermal barrier between the roof void and the room below.
A good diffuser will have a lens to evenly distribute the light around the room and will also have a double-glazing system to prevent ‘solar-gain’ and heat loss. This will also prevent condensation build-up that can occur with non-sealed systems.