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Here you'll learn everything you need to know about Tubular Daylighting Devices and how they compare to traditional skylights. You'll also find information about the advantages of LED lighting and why the Solatube Smart LED System is an ideal option for day and night lighting. And if you don't find what you're seeking, contact us for assistance.


Things To Know Before You Buy
The Skylight Alternative
Smart LED Comparison


Things to know before you buy

If you’ve never heard of a Tubular Daylighting Device (TDD) before, you’ve come to the right place. Below you’ll learn what a TDD is, why you might want to consider purchasing one, and what to look for when shopping.

What is a Tubular Daylighting Device?
Our Solatube Daylighting Systems are known as Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs). They capture sunlight using a rooftop dome, then transfer it indoors through a reflective tube that runs from the roof to the ceiling. From there, the light is evenly dispersed into the interior space using a diffuser.

While tubular daylighting devices are sometimes referred to as “tubular skylights,” “sun pipes” and “light tunnels,” Solatube Daylighting Systems are more advanced and complex than these names imply. They are the only high-performance daylighting devices that use patented optical technologies to significantly improve the way daylight is harnessed and delivered to interiors. And unlike traditional skylights, they do not require reframing, drywalling, tunneling or repainting or days to install. Instead they can be installed in about two hours with little mess or disruption, and at a fraction of the cost.

Why purchase a Tubular Daylighting Device?

  • It provides exceptional lighting. The light output of a TDD is incredible, providing the same amount of light you would expect from a skylight many times its size.
  • It is cost-effective. Product and installation costs for a TDD are considerably less than other daylighting options, such as windows and skylights.
  • Installation is fast, clean and easy. TDDs require no structural reframing, tunneling, drywalling or painting. A professional can install the product in less than two hours and most do-it-yourselfers can finish the project in one day.
  • It can go almost anywhere. The compact and flexible design of TDDs allow them to be installed in just about any interior, including small spaces or locations on lower floors where daylighting would usually not be an option.
  • It is "green." TDDs allow you to switch off electric lights during the day, which reduces energy bills and environmental pollution.
  • It is actually good for you. It has been shown in several prominent studies that daily exposure to natural light can enhance mental and physical well-being, boost concentration and energy levels, and offer a variety of other unexpected perks.

What should you look for in a Tubular Daylighting Device?

Buy the brand name
Solatube International, Inc. is the best-known brand in the industry, and our products are unparalleled for their quality, performance and innovation. Installing a Solatube Daylighting System ensures that you have a product that utilizes the most advanced technology available. Lesser brands simply fail to perform to the same standard.

Seek the best light quality
Technology makes a tremendous difference in lighting performance. Solatube products are the only ones that utilize advanced optical devices such as Raybender® 3000 Technology and Spectralight® Infinity, a revolutionary reflective tubing material that transfers more daylight than any other currently used in the industry. With Solatube Daylighting Systems, all you see is the brightest, cleanest and whitest natural light possible.

Look for the ENERGY STAR® label
This widely-recognized, enhanced energy-efficiency rating means that the product has met the stringent requirements of the Energy Star program through the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Think long-term
Cutting corners may save a few bucks on the front end, but it could put you at risk for expensive repairs down the road. Solatube Daylighting Systems include a leakproof design with an innovative moisture control system that ensures an air- and water-tight installation for ultimate peace of mind.

Consider adaptability
A TDD can be installed almost anywhere, including tight spaces and areas without direct roof access. Solatube International takes this flexibility further by offering a zero-to-90-degree extension tube that can accommodate even the trickiest of installation challenges without compromising lighting performance.

Factor in function*
Solatube Daylighting Systems can be customized with a Light Add-On Kit for nighttime lighting, a Ventilation Add-On Kit for humidity dispersion, and a revolutionary Daylight Dimmer that features a patented butterfly baffle for adjusting sunlight levels at the flip of the switch.

Beauty counts too*
Don’t settle for one-size-fits-all models. Our Solatube Decorative Fixtures feature a variety of styles, which offer a unique look at the ceiling level while allowing for a customized daylighting experience.

*Options not available with all systems.



The Skylight Alternative

Solatube International has changed the way people think about daylighting by offering a simple, smart alternative to traditional skylights. Only Solatube Daylighting Systems use breakthrough technology to bring natural light into virtually any space – without the cost, leaks and hassle associated with traditional skylights.

 Solatube Daylighting
Traditional Skylights

Daylighting consistency
Solatube Daylighting Systems brighten interiors more effectively and evenly than traditional skylights. Our patented technology delivers consistent light throughout the day and all year long, as opposed to the shifting pattern of light you get with traditional skylights.

Light output
Our patented dome and tubing, equipped with advanced optics, provide lighting performance superior to that of a traditional skylight. Our Effect Lenses can also quickly and easily modify the color and strength of the daylight.

Energy efficiency
You don’t have to sacrifice performance for energy efficiency. Solatube Daylighting Systems are Energy Star® rated and, unlike most traditional skylights, offer maximum visible light with minimal solar heat gain.

Without the need for reframing or painting, Solatube Daylighting Systems are a fraction of the cost of traditional skylights*.

Ease of installation
Our Certified Installation Consultants can install a Solatube Daylighting System in as little as two hours. The compact design eliminates the need for costly construction or reframing.

Solatube Daylighting Systems allow you to bring natural light to virtually any space. Our reflective tubing directs sunlight into hard-to-reach areas where traditional skylights aren’t an option—at a fraction of the cost.

Ease of maintenance
Solatube Daylighting Systems are engineered for peace of mind. Everything from the leakproof design to the impact-resistant, self-cleaning dome ensures trouble-free maintenance.

Design & functionality**
Solatube Decorative Fixtures allow daylighting customization. You can even add a Light Kit, Vent Kit or Daylight Dimmer to create a multi-functional system.

*Source: Traditional skylight project cost estimated by Home Tech software.
**Light Add-On Kits available with 160 DS, 160 DSe, 290 DS and 290 DSe models. Vent Add-On Kits available with 160 DS and 160 DSe models only.