Welcome to a New, More Pragmatic Era for Skylights
Your initial search began with a single, statement-making skylight. From the moment you first saw this home and stared up at the 11-foot vaulted ceiling in the living room, your mind snapped to the skylight. Dramatic as the space is, the relatively small amount of natural light that filters in leaves it feeling like a medieval castle. But you knew a skylight would change all of that.
The more you read up, though, the more enticing the lure of a larger renovation became. After all, skylights aren’t merely cosmetic features anymore. A daylight harvesting lighting system can significantly reduce your dependency on electrical lighting and, often, improve your home’s ability to sustain its internal temperature.
But a system, you’re now considering, sounds decidedly more costly than the investment you originally planned to make, even if you will recover much of the expense. Enter tubular daylighting devices. They’re low-profile skylights that transmit sunlight through an acrylic dome and reflective tubing to illuminate spaces of up to 150 square feet.
Tubular skylights’ relatively small size (and cost; not to mention the slew of available tax credits to help on that front) makes them popular options for interior spaces, like bathrooms and closets. But their minimally intrusive design affords them a versatility that’s above and beyond the traditional skylight, which means they can be installed in most rooms.
We’ve entered an era where skylights are no long an indulgence. Sure, they’re instant centerpieces with the right design. But the range of options, paired with a larger awareness of their capacity, has ushered in a new, more pragmatic dimension: the skylight as an energy conservation aid.