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19 Feb

How Tubular Skylights Work

Tubular Skylight on roof Showing Dome and Flashing

When considering skylights for your home, it’s great to understand how tubular skylights work. Many homes have dark areas or rooms that need more light. Tubular skylights are a very straightforward and efficient way to bring natural light into the dark areas of a home. The simplicity of their design makes them very cost effective and a skylight solution worth exploring.

How Tubular Skylights Work

Tubular skylights are designed to bring natural light into a building. Here’s how the main components of a tubular skylight work together to deliver light:

  1. Capture: The process starts on the roof, where a clear dome captures sunlight. This dome is designed to collect and channel sunlight into the tube even during low-light conditions or winter.
  2. Transfer: The light captured in the dome then travels down through a highly reflective tube. This material minimises light loss over distance, allowing the light to efficiently travel over long distances and even through twists and turns. The reflective surface ensures that as much light as possible is reflected down the tube instead of being absorbed or dispersed.
  3. Diffuse: At the end of the tube, inside the building, a ceiling diffuser, or lens, is installed on the ceiling. This distributes light evenly throughout the room. It mimics natural light, reducing glare and hot spots that are common with traditional skylights.

Tubular Skylights – Key Components

Let’s take a more detailed look at the components in a MaxLight skylight from SolarBright to further understand how tubular skylights work. MaxLights are a leading tubular skylight product with an industry best warranty and cutting-edge technology.

Skylight Dome

The MaxLight skylight features a specially designed and engineered Ray Catcher dome. It captures light, even when the sun is at low angles and has a hail resistant shape, making it the optimum in light capturing technology. The crystal-clear surface is designed to capture maximum sunlight, even in low light conditions.

Leakproof Roof Flashing

Designed to suit most Australian roof types, the flashing injection moulded. It is engineered with a pitch to achieve maximum leakproof performance. The dome is attached to this flashing.

Metal Skylight Tube

Many popular tubular skylights use a metal tube laminated inside with a reflective plastic coating. With exposure to UV light it tends deteriorate, delaminate, and deliver less light. However, the best tubular skylights on the market, like the MaxLight has a highly reflective anodised aluminium tube. This ensures it transmits pure white light and it won’t yellow, crack or peel after prolonged UV exposure. Further more it has a 20-year warranty, as opposed to 10-year warranty on other tubes.

Ceiling Diffuser

Diffusers are essential for spreading light effectively around the room. The key here they should do so without letting in excess heat. Many tubular skylights only have a single lens diffuser that is not only less effective at diffusing light but also lets in heat. The MaxLight has a triple lens diffuser that maximises light while minimising heat entering the room. The MaxLight also offers several different types of ceiling diffusers to help better suit your specific needs.

MaxLight Tubular Skylights – the Smart Choice

Due to their design and the unique way how tubular skylights work they deliver many advatages. MaxLight tubular skylights are a hassle free, economical, and environmentally friendly solution for adding light a new or existing home.

The advantages of tubular skylights include:

  • Eliminate dark areas in your home, letting in pure natural light.
  • Quickly and economically installed in just hours, not days.
  • Can be installed without structural changes to the house.
  • The use of leakproof flashings eliminates risk of roof leaks.
  • They let in light, not heat.
  • Covered with a 20-year warranty.
  • Designed and made in Australia.

Exploring how tubular skylights work demonstrates their engineered components make them extremely energy efficient. They can be installed in virtually any part of a home, office, or workplace, to enhance natural light without letting in heat. Besides reducing electricity usage, tubular skylights improve occupants’ well-being by providing more natural light in the indoor environment.

For more information on how tubular skylights work or any of our MaxLight tubular skylights call SolarBright.  Chat to one of our skylight specialist consultants or book a free skylight consultation.

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