The Pros and Cons of Tubular Daylighting Devices

By Torrin Greathouse | September 06, 2016

Over the year, various new designs have been innovated to improve on the traditional flat skylight design. Many of these have failed to get any traction in the market, but a few have managed to become industry mainstays. Tubular daylighting devices are on of these. Unlike traditional skylights, they use smaller rooftop domes to collect light and reflect it into the building through highly reflective, flexible light tubes. 

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Why Tubular Daylighting Devices Might Be Wrong For Your Business

By Torrin Greathouse | June 21, 2016

There are more natural lighting options on the market now than ever, with a range of specialized designs available. Tubular daylighting devices are a unique skylight design which has been adopted by many businesses. They offer a unique set of benefits, however, they might be the wrong choice for your facility. 

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When Tubular Daylighting Devices Aren't the Right Choice

By Jeff Brain | August 14, 2015

Tubular daylighting devices carve out a unique niche in the world of skylights. Their design, innovated by Solatube Inc., utilizes flexible and reflective light tubes to direct light downward into a building. Because of this, they require cutting a significantly smaller hole in the ceiling than other skylights. Their compact, innovative design provides a set of unique benefits, but also makes tubular devices best suited to only specific applications.

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The Downfalls of Tubular Daylighting Devices for Industrial Buildings

By Torrin Greathouse | July 24, 2015

There are many unique technologies in the field of daylighting, each with their own unique benefits and disadvantages. One of the most common among these systems are tubular daylighting devices, which use flexible light tubes to bring light into a building. While they offer undeniable benefits for certain facilities, these devices face several constraints that limit their efficiency in large industrial buildings.

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3 Limitations of Tubular Daylighting Devices for Commercial Use

By Torrin Greathouse | May 21, 2015

With new technological advances in lighting materials and technology, a wide range of new daylighting products have emerged for commercial use. Tubular skylights are one. They utilize flexible, reflective light tubes to carry light into a building and penetrate through vaulted ceilings or curve around interior piping or other obstructions. No other skylights have these capabilities. They are adaptable to many building structures where other skylights would not be practical, such as in residential homes or small to medium size commercial spaces with low drop ceilings. However, there are three key limitations of tubular daylighting devices for use in commercial buildings.

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What Are the Benefits of Tubular Daylighting Devices?

By Jeff Brain | May 19, 2015

In 2014, the world consumed approximately 412 billion kWh of energy just for lighting. This value has steadily increased from the late nineties and is expected to increase to 4250 TWh by 2030. Using natural light instead of artificial light not only reduces lighting costs for the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors but also has additional financial, physiological, and psychological benefits. There are several different ways to bring natural light into a building. Skylights are one option which come in a range of types including traditional, prismatic, tubular, and solar-tracking skylight. Below we highlight some of the benefits of tubular skylights as well as the disadvantages they present.

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