IMG_20140602_181612Lighting is everything, ask any photographer. Natural lighting is everything in a home.  Nothing worse than dark shadowy areas with the lights on full blast.  There is also nothing better than bright natural light beaming in during the daytime.There is a product generally known as solar tubes that are a must have for interior rooms without windows.  Good example would be a hall bathroom.  These tubes come in a variety of  sizes (10″ pictured) based on the size of the room you need to illuminate.  IMG_20140610_202533


You may need to buy an extension, or several if the distance between your roof and your ceiling is greater than the size of the main solar tube supplied. Most companies offer flexible and rigid extensions depending on your install challenges.   

If your planning on having your roof replaced I would highly recommend adding one of these to your plans.  Averaging between $250-$350 for the kit, it’s a small price to pay for permanent natural lighting.  You would be surprised how often people will ask “how do I turn off the lights”?  Or “what is the funny looking bubble on your roof”? Most folks will get a kick out of it when you tell them what it is.  They might even think your a genius.  You’re welcome.  

As these products evolve, more and more options come out.  The diffuser (pictured right)IMG_20140611_091548 is the visible part on the ceiling and comes in various designs to warp the way light shines through.  Even the outside bubble is starting to come in less bubbly versions which are more flush to the roof line.

These pics were taken under overcast skies and still the bathroom with no windows is very well lit.

IMG_20140611_091230This whole setup cost me about $350 (10″ kit + extension) and took about 3 hrs. to install.  Biggest tip I would have is to start in the interior room, plotting where you would like the fixture to be located, then work upwards.  You probably have to make some adjustments if there is existing structure, wiring, plumbing directly above.  If there is a lot of stuff in your way, you should consider getting the flexible tube version.  Little less light but so much easier to work around those problem areas behind the drywall.