Yes! Natural light is always preferable to artificial light, in my opinion. Two years ago, we installed three 10 inch diameter solar tubes (about $180 each at Home Depot) in our main living area, and one each in two large closets. We also installed a 14 inch diameter tube in my in-laws' home. The light transmission is great. Even at night, they pick up moonlight! I would recommend using the largest diameter you can accommodate between your roof joists.indyflick wrote:Anyone tied solar tubes for lighting yet?
There are just three downsides I would point out:
- Not much light gets through when they are covered by 2 feet of snow, which we do get from time to time here in the Southern California mountains.
- Like any "window", there is some heat transfer, but I've found it to be pretty minor.
- Solar tubes might interfere somewhat with the placement of photovoltaic panels in the future.