Solar tubes, also called SolaTubes and light tubes, are an attractive and energy-efficient way to bring natural light into your home. These are great for homes in historic Denver neighborhoods, as many of the homes were built very close together and don’t get much light. Our older homes also usually have attics and solar tubes are literally a tube that goes through the attic.
A tube lined with highly reflective material leads the light rays through a building, starting from an entrance-point located on its roof or one of its outer walls. The entrance point usually comprises a dome, which has the function of collecting and reflecting as much sunlight as possible into the tube.
Solar light pipes, compared to conventional skylights and other windows, offer better heat insulation properties and more flexibility for use in inner rooms, but less visual contact with the external environment. Solar tubes are also considerably cheaper than skylights. They can also be helpful for people who suffer from seasonal affective disorder by bringing more natural daylight into the environment. A home with good lighting also will have an increased value and sell more quickly.
If you are savvy enough to install your own solar tube, you can purchase one for under $200. To have it installed might cost closer to $500, depending on which company you choose.