Brighter than the competition
“No other tubular daylighting device will give you more light – all day long, all year long – than a Solatube”.
Solatube is recognised as being one of the most efficient tubular daylighting systems on the market, as confirmed in independent tests by the Building Research Establishment (BRE). This is because:
- The Solatube uses a dome on the roof, rather than a flat collector, which is able to gather more ambient light from all around, as it is not dependent on light shining directly down it.
- The Solatube dome also incorporates a Fresnel lens which diverts more light down the tube over an average UK year than other domes which do not use a lens.
- 99.7% reflective tube lining in a Solatube is the most reflective material used in tubular daylighting devices. It ensures that the most light is delivered in to the room.
Thanks to Solatubes intelligent design you would probably need to install a larger diameter system, or a greater number of systems, from anyone else in order to deliver the same amount of light.
In fact, the manufacturers are so confident that Solatube Daylighting Systems are the brightest way to bring daylight into your home, they offer a money-back guarantee.
Brighter than roof and sky lights
Conventional roof or sky lights normally need an associated plasterboard light well beneath them to funnel light in to the room below. Consequently they are unable to deliver as much light as a highly reflective Solatube, which is designed to pipe daylight down to just where you want it.
- Light wells tend to create a shaft of light leaving a brightly lit square of light, rather than well spread and evenly diffused daylight throughout the room.
- Light wells are a haven for cobwebs and spiders and will require frequent cleaning.
- The thermal efficiency of a larger roof window and light well is poor compared to a smaller Solatube. In winter you effectively have a large hole in your ceiling where heat will escape, whereas a Solatube will deliver the same amount of light but through a far smaller aperture which is sealed at ceiling height.
- In summer you are also likely to suffer from solar gain (heat build up), which the well insulated Solatube prevents.
- Condensation is likely to be an issue with roof lights, whereas a Solatube dissipates any condensation that may form, out on to the roof.
- Keeping roof windows clean can be difficult and time consuming – both inside and out, due to access and attendant safety issues. Solatubes require no cleaning or maintenance.
- When it rains, roof windows can transmit a loud drumming noise in to the room below, which a Solatube does not.
- If security is a consideration then the smaller size of a Solatube means they do not form an easy access point and also it is not possible to see through a Solatube.