What Are Solar Tubes, and Why Are They Beneficial?

What Are Solar Tubes, and Why Are They Beneficial?

January 3, 2022

What is a solar light tube? It’s a question we’ve been receiving with greater frequency as an increasing number of people are looking to start relying more heavily on solar power at their properties, both residential and commercial. Solar tubes are a type of tube designed to capture sunlight from the roof of a property and use it within a home.

Solar tubes are similar in this way to solar panels: They perform the same general function, with some important differences. They’re not used to power as many types of appliances and are mostly meant to bring some natural light inside of a building.

Here’s a look at the benefits of solar tubes and why they’re becoming more popular in both residential and commercial environments:

  • Natural light: Have you been trying to find more ways of bringing natural light inside of your property? If so, solar tubes might be an ideal solution. The installation of solar tubes means you’ll be able to get dependable natural light wherever you want it within your building. You won’t have to rely as much on artificial lighting to illuminate your spaces. There’s also something refreshing and joyful about natural light that can’t be mimicked even with so-called daylight bulbs.
  • Low maintenance: After you install solar tubes, there are very few maintenance needs associated with them. You won’t have to worry about potential damage, despite their constant exposure to the elements. A waterproof, modified acrylic protects the exterior of the tubes from the elements, which helps them stay safe from insects, sun damage, snow, ice and other elements.
  • Easy installation: It doesn’t take long to get solar tubes installed on the roof of a property. It’s quick and easy; what’s more, the tubes integrate very well into the design of a home. You can also purchase accessories to go along with your brand-new set of solar tubes, including light kits, dimmer switches and more, all of which are readily available in stores and online. You can also work with your solar tube provider to get the accessories you need for your installation.
  • Environmentally-friendly: Solar energy is a clean, renewable resource that more people and entities should be trying to take advantage of. It doesn’t result in the formation of dangerous carbon emissions. You can save money on energy expenses at your home and reduce your carbon footprint. Even just powering your home lighting with solar energy can result in some significant long-term savings. If everyone does their part, even if it seems like a very small help, together we can all make a big difference in overall sustainability to benefit the future of the planet. Plus, solar energy is free!

So, what are solar tubes, and what makes them so beneficial for a wide range of properties? If you have more questions, we’d be happy to provide you with further information about the benefits of using solar tubes at your home or business. Contact us at High Plains Engineering & Design, LLC.

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