Velux vs. Solatube

The lighting in your home makes all the difference, changing the look as well as the mood of your rooms. Lighting can also bring immense style and a special level of ambiance to your room, affecting not only those who live there, but all who visit as well. With that in mind, let’s compare the Velux Sun Tunnels and Solatube Tubular Skylights to help you choose the best tubular daylight device for your home.

Natural Daylight May Be The Ideal Solution

It’s hard to beat natural light, which is why there is so much focus on getting natural light into your home. Windows are the ideal solution, but some rooms don’t have windows, and often, even when windows are present, they don’t face the right direction to get good natural light. For those rooms and others, tubular skylights are the obvious solution for bringing natural light indoors. In fact, tubular skylights were created for that reason to add natural light alongside your lamps and décor.

Tubular skylights, also known as Solatubes, capture sunlight, reflecting it along its sheet metal tube into the attic, and then diffusing it into your room. While several companies produce tubular skylights, the focus here will be on Velux and Solatube, which are among the most well-known in the industry.

Velux Sun Tunnels  

Velux, the company, brings more than 70 years of experience focusing on a goal to deliver a better living environment for humans. Early on, Velux realized humanity had begun spending nearly 90 percent of their days indoors, thus the need to bring natural light inside.

The Velux product line includes sun tunnels, along with windows, skylights, and shutters. The company offers both fixed and flexible sun tunnels, each made with the highest quality reinforced glass and state-of-the-art plastics. Velux sun tunnels come in a wide variety of sizes so you can find the perfect sun tunnel for your home. The Velux sun tunnel line feature a complete installation kit with every purchase, allowing do-it-yourselfers (DIYers) to get the installation done with ease.

Solatube Tubular Skylights

Solatube, the company, offers more than 25 years’ experience, with operations in more than 90 countries around the globe. As industry leaders in research and development, Solatube Tubular Skylights feature premium quality materials, backed by state-of-the-art technology and engineering.

The company continually strives for innovation and improvement in their product line. Their unique innovative properties continue to deliver higher light retention. All Solatube tubular skylights are designed with 99.7 percent effective reflective material, offering outstanding light for your space. Solatube products also feature a 10 year warranty.

The Comparison – Velux versus Solatube

  • Velux sun tunnels offer 98 percent effective reflective material while Solatube tubular skylights come in with higher output at 99.7 percent (a result of tubing design.) For the homeowner, the higher reflectivity means brighter lighting for your space.
  • Solatube tubular skylights collect sunlight evenly throughout the day, regulating light, while Velux sun tunnels do not offer that type of consistency.

Choosing a Tubular Skylight

Velux Sun Tunnels in Florida

Tubular skylights offer a high level of energy efficiency when compared to windows or traditional skylights and also block ultraviolet rays (UV) entering the home, often making them the ideal solution to increasing natural light safely and effectively. Solatubes can be used in any climate, and on the inside of your home look just like normal light fixtures.

Tubular skylights, Solatubes, are a great choice for bringing in natural light and enhancing the ambiance of your home with the added bonus of energy efficiency. When you need answers regarding sun tunnels, aka Solatubes, we can help. Here at The Solar Guys, we promise to deliver solutions and provide the highest quality products and the best customer service in the business.


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