Performance > Why "Tubular" is a Better Choice than Traditional Skylights

Women Cooking Kitchen under Tubular Skylight

Tubular Advantages Over Traditional Skylights
• Better Performance
• More Energy Efficient
• Diffuses Incoming Light
• More Affordable
• Leakproof
• 25 Year Warranty
• Accessories Available
Tubular Skylight Installed in Attic

There are several advantages to installing a tubular skylight versus a traditional skylight in your home or office:

Tubular Skylights Emit More Light

Tubular skylights emit more light than traditional skylights. Tubular skylights operate by bouncing captured sunlight through a highly reflective, mirror-like light pipe. Traditional skylights do not reflect or bounce the incoming sunlight and are inefficient when the sun's angle is low. Natural Light uses one of the best performing light pipes in the industry. Tests show that our light pipes capture sunlight, even when the sun's angle is low. Read more about output equivalents.

Tubular Skylights Are More Energy Efficient

Tubular skylights are far more energy efficient than traditional skylights. They are designed with a sealed shaft that minimizes the transfer of heat or cold into your home, unlike traditional skylights that generate heat. In fact, Natural Light Tubular Skylights are so energy efficient that our residential models are ENERGY STAR® qualified in all 50 states and may be eligible for state or local tax credits. Read more about ENERGY STAR.

Tubular Skylights Diffuse Incoming Light - No Hot Spots

Tubular skylights scatter 100% of the natural light spectrum through the use of a diffuser, thereby eliminating the spot light effect common with a traditional skylight system. The "hot spot" light of traditional skylights is extremely harsh and very unpleasant unlike the light from a Natural Light Tubular Skylight that is soft and evenly dispersed.

Tubular Skylight Eliminate Harmful UV Rays

99% of harmful UV rays are absorbed by both the specially designed dome and by the light pipe of tubular skylights, thereby eliminating the bleaching effect on rugs and furniture. Most traditional skylights do not block out these harmful UV rays.

Tubular Skylights Are More Affordable

Tubular skylights are far more economical; a tubular skylight can be installed in less than two hours at a fraction of the time and cost it takes to install a traditional skylight. No structural changes are needed for the installation of a tubular skylight.

Tubular Skylights Are Leak-Proof

Natural Light Tubular Skylights incorporate an exclusively designed dome system with a stress absorbing seamless aluminum collar. This collar prevents the acrylic dome from cracking when the temperature fluctuates. Also, Natural Light's flashing is seamless preventing water from seeping in. Traditional skylights are usually manufactured with rolled seams or are tack welded - and therefore prone to developing leaks.

Natural Light Tubular Skylights Offer A 25 Year Warranty

Natural Light backs up our Tubular Skylights with our industry leading 25 year product warranty. Most traditional skylights only have a 10 or 15 year warranty.

Natural Light Tubular Skylights Can Incorporate Accessories

Both traditional and tubular skylights have systems to dim the skylight during the day. But, Natural Light also offers an electric light kit and a bathroom exhaust vent kit - both are easily installed inside the light pipe. Read more about accessories.

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How Does It Work?

Sunlight is captured by the dome and reflected into your home. Learn How Tubular Skylights Work

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Meets strict energy efficiency guidelines and ENERGY STAR® qualified.More about ENERGY STAR Rating

DIY Homeowner

Do-It-Yourself Info

Tubular Skylights install easily with no wiring or structural changes. Easy DIY Homeowner Installation

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Tax Credits

Residential models may be eligible for local tax credits in your state. Learn More About Tax Credits

Tubular Skylight Domes

Help Me Choose

Tubular skylights are available in several sizes for all applications. More Info About Skylight Model Sizes

Satisfied Homeowner

Residential Skylights

Easily add natural light to brighten any dark room in your home. Learn More About Residential Skylights

25 Year Warranty Seal

Industry Best

25 year product warranty on all Natural Light Tubular Skylights. Learn About Tubular Skylight Warranty

CFL Bulb for Light Kit

Add A Light Kit

Turn your tubular skylight into a light fixture for night use. Learn More About Tubular Skylight Light Kits

Dimmer Remote Control

Skylight Remote

Add a dimmer kit to turn off your skylight during the day using a remote. Learn About Skylight Dimmer Kit