Resistant at first, Fine Homebuilding contributing editor Mike Guertin began to appreciate the benefits of tubular skylights when he saw firsthand how much natural light is actually diffused in a dark hallway, walk-in closet, or bath. Mike believes they are an excellent option when a traditional skylight just won't work for the space.
In this first video, Mike offers up a "Tubular Skylights 101." He starts by detailing the four-part setup and describes the function of each part. He'll also tell you what you can expect from any one of the half-dozen standard, commercially-available NFRC-rated tubular skylight kits, and lists the important factors you need to consider before buying one.
Now that you know how tubular skylights work, watch Mike's process for their installation: