Save Money on Your Electric Bill with Tubular Skylights

While skylights are a great way to bring more natural light into your home, they can be hard to install, result in unwanted heat buildup, and are prone to leaking.

Tubular skylights solve these problems by using a small-diameter round lens on the roof to gather sunlight and shine it down a reflective metal tube to a diffuser mounted on the ceiling.

Saving Energy with a Tubular Skylight

The lens concentrates the light, even when the sun is low in the sky, while filtering out 99% of harmful UV rays. ODL Tubular Skylights are designed to minimize heat gain in the home and exceed government ENERGY STAR standards.

They are available in 10- and 14-inch-diameter models, both of which fit between standard rafters and ceiling joists to allow light in problem areas such as hallways, baths, kitchens and closets.

The 10-inch-diameter skylight illuminates rooms as large as 150 square feet with up to 3,750 lumens of light — the equivalent of three 100-watt bulbs — while the 14-inch model can provide enough light for an area twice that size.
An optional light kit allows light at night as well.

ODL Tubular Skylights can be installed on roofs with a minimum of 3-inch rise per foot up to a 12-inch slope.

Due to the reflective qualities of the tube, the ceiling diffuser can be offset up to a 45-degree angle from the skylight, allowing it to fit around obstructions.

Once the skylight has been installed, it will provide natural light during the day, free of charge, reducing the cost of your electric bills.

Tubular skylights are available online at The Home Depot.

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  1. Tubular Skylights are the future lighting source. I have three of them installed and my energy costs have gone down by id say almost 20 to 30 percent.

  2. I believe your company is the one that sells the solar tube at Sam’s club. I am looking at buying a couple of them but the tube is too short. Do you sell extensions, if so how much are they? Also how much for a tube that can accomodate a light bulb?

    • Hi Steve,
      We do not sell tubular skylights, but if you click on the ODL link in the article above, it will take you to the website of the company that makes them to contact them about it.


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