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Use a Suntube to Brighten a Windowless Bathroom

comments (5) April 3rd, 2009 in Blogs

A tubular skylight can bring natural light into an interior bathroom.
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A tubular skylight can bring natural light into an interior bathroom.Click To Enlarge

A tubular skylight can bring natural light into an interior bathroom.

by Genie Nowicki

To capture the open feeling of a splayed skylight well without the expense of installing a traditional skylight, a Sun Tunnel tubular skylight was installed in a splayed well. The Sun Tunnel’s flexible tube bends around existing roof framing to bring natural light into this interior bathroom. The tube terminates inside an 18-in.- deep by 30-in.-wideopening.

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Comments (5)

CottonFields CottonFields writes: We put a solar tube in each of two rooms in a current renovation project: Major difference, lots of natural light where before there was hardly any.

Must comment tho, that I'm disappointed that installation for solar tubes rarely, if ever, includes installation for a metal roof. Just because x-percent of roofs are shingled doesn't mean metal roofs should be ignored.
Posted: 8:02 am on November 11th

Unwired Unwired writes: We have two 10 incher installed in a windowless hallway. They work so well that we find ourselves reaching for the light switch when the lights are off. I also have a 14 inch unit in our kitchen. They work well without the enlarged opening into the rooms.
Posted: 11:42 am on April 6th

mikedavis mikedavis writes: How far can you transfer the light path??? I have a need to go about 32 feet??
Posted: 10:05 am on April 6th

timbervalley timbervalley writes: We installed a 22" sun tunnel (between trusses on 24 inch centres)in a bath, flush with the ceiling without the ceiling well. It floods the room with daylight, making it brighter than adjacent rooms equipped with windows. Remember to insulate the tunnel in cold climates.
Posted: 1:03 pm on April 5th

ronlbrenner ronlbrenner writes: We have been using these sun tubes on recent projects. They are a great way of bringing warm natural light into any space that is internal - hallways, bathrooms, etc. They do work quite nicely.

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Posted: 12:38 pm on April 3rd

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