Solartube - Interesting

Discussion in 'Off Grid Living' started by RightHand, Nov 26, 2012.


  1. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

  2. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Hm. I doubt greatly the "as few as" 2 hour installation for retrofit, might be ok on new construction. Does look like a good idea all around.
     
  3. jasonl6

    jasonl6 Monkey+

    I've seen these in use and they work great. My concern would be how to block light from exiting them if i needed to black all light in my house. The place i saw them in use at at 20' ceilings. I suppose you could just put a piece of black plastic over them.

    Jason
     
  4. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    I think they would make a pretty good beacon in the event I am being sought out by "someone" in the middle of the night, I'm thinking ET but it might be Santa LOL
     
  5. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    A friend had a couple of the larger (20"?) dome lenses installed in kitchen and in stairwell to the finished basement. I thought the light was really good looking. Always thought I'd incorporate them if I ever built again.

    I suppose if you wanted to black them out, you could just fabricate some sort of cover for the lens.
     
  6. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Looks like they make a dimmer/damper for the tube:

    Daylight Dimmer™
    Because you don’t need 100% of the light 100% of the time, the innovative Solatube Daylight Dimmer easily controls the amount of daylight entering a room with the convenience of a switch. Our patented* variable butterfly baffle controls the light output. Patent #7,082,726
     
  7. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Yes, the "dimmer" looks like a butterfly type baffle. They don't seal light tight.
     
  8. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    This needs to be a team effort. ghrit, you hold the ladder and I'll climb up on the roof and start sawing. When I run out of steam, we can trade places.
     
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