A solar tube is composed of a dome at the roof level that lets in the light. That dome is connected to a glass panel in the living space through flexible reflective tubing. This flexible tube offers more options and ease of installation than a traditional skylight. Solar tubes can be installed during construction or at a later date as a retrofit.
The solar tube offers passive lighting during the daylight hours and will save on lighting costs. Solar tubes are used in otherwise dark internal hallways or rooms without windows. They provide constant light during the day.
After deciding on a good plan for the location of a solar tube the most important thing to consider is the penetration at the roof. An older roof’s waterproofing is often compromised when solar tubes are installed improperly. Only a licensed roofer can determine the best location and installation technique and help you decide if a solar tube is a good choice for your roof.