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    Solar Tube

    Have a cabin that has a chimney in the roof. Stove is gone and not being reinstalled. I was thinking of replacing the chimney with a solar tube for daylight.

    I like the idea but don't have any experience with one. So yays or neys?
    ....Just Add Lightness...

    #2
    When we reroofed the house we put one in the back bathroom, for a long time after we were always going in to turn off the light!

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      #3
      My Aunt has solar tubes all throughout their mountain cabin house. It's pretty fantastic. I would totally do it.

      They have the type that has a lighbulb in them as well, so you get basically the same type of light, day or night.
      - Buck

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        #4
        last house had a few. I loved them. Would definitely install them.

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          #5
          sounds like a no brainer then. Thanks.
          ....Just Add Lightness...

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            #6
            Question for those with experience: do the solar tubes give you the light without heating the room noticeably?

            PLEASE BUY AMERICAN SO WE DON'T HAVE TO LEARN CHINESE
            The 4th little pig made his house of reinforced concrete, with wolfskin rugs in every room

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              #7
              Originally posted by ExWrench View Post
              Question for those with experience: do the solar tubes give you the light without heating the room noticeably?
              No. You loose dollars in heat to save pennies in lighting.

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                #8
                Just because ^^^^ He made that comment I checked ours right now with and IR thermometer. Outside temp is 98, temp o the Solar tube inside the house at the cover is 78, ceiling temp of the sheetrock about 12" away is 77. Make your own conclusions form that

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                  #9
                  I've installed a few, they are great for light and even letting in the moonlight. I wonder though are they just a heat loss in the winter months? Other than that I really was impressed at how much light they let in, did one house down through the roof trusses, through a closet to get to the first floor mid kitchen, the owner was very impressed with it.

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                    #10
                    We have 3 of them. They have a light and we can open and close them too. Nice to have

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Wheelerfreak View Post
                      Just because ^^^^ He made that comment I checked ours right now with and IR thermometer. Outside temp is 98, temp o the Solar tube inside the house at the cover is 78, ceiling temp of the sheetrock about 12" away is 77. Make your own conclusions form that
                      if you put your hand at the opening, does it feel warm?

                      My friend moved into a house where someone had installed ceiling can lights, but the bulbs they used were like buffet hot lamps. You could no joke feel your head getting warm standing under one for just a few seconds. We couldn't believe they had these all around the house! Took a while to replace all of them
                      - Buck

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by dnsfailure View Post

                        if you put your hand at the opening, does it feel warm?
                        ^^^Scientific method of determining how long the hooker has been dead.^^^


                        Has anyone had failures with them in regards to leakage/water entry?

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by dnsfailure View Post

                          if you put your hand at the opening, does it feel warm?
                          Subjectively when I put my hand on the cover just now it felt warmer than the sheetrock, slightly. I'd guess the IR temp is damn close to what I felt with my hand. Now I'm putting away the ladder and thermometer so no more temp updates I got beer to drink now

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Wheelerfreak View Post

                            Subjectively when I put my hand on the cover just now it felt warmer than the sheetrock, slightly. I'd guess the IR temp is damn close to what I felt with my hand. Now I'm putting away the ladder and thermometer so no more temp updates I got beer to drink now
                            But we need you to measure the temp difference between indoors/outdoors so you can see how much heat it transferring.
                            Hey, don't lob factual statements at me as if they're insults

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by larboc View Post

                              No. You loose dollars in heat to save pennies in lighting.

                              I mean they only ever made one version of them right? All with the same specs, so there is no way that one from say the 70's is not as good as a 2020 version of the same concept...

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