Solar light tubes bring daylight into interior spaces reducing or eliminating the need for electric lighting during daylight hours. Unlike skylights, solar tubes deliver light exactly where it is needed. The highly reflective tubes can bring light from the roof or an outside wall through an attic or other unused space to interior rooms and closets. A diffuser on the interior end softens and spreads the daylight. On the exterior end, prisms collect the light and guide it into the reflective tube. Advanced designs can include heliostats that track the sun as it moves across the sky, optimizing the angle for maximum light collection.
Solar tubes reduce energy costs by eliminating the need for electric lights during the day but with less heat loss/gain than traditional skylights. Hybrid lights incorporate a source of artificial light at the interior end that can be switched on at night to simplify lighting design.
Solar tubes can be most efficiently incorporated in new home design, but older homes can often benefit from retrofitting. The experts at EDGE Energy can evaluate the your home’s suitability for incorporating solar tube lighting. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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EDGE Energy is a highly-regarded Residential, Commercial, and Government renewable energy systems installer and “green” building contractor which is licensed, insured, and bonded in all counties of VA, DC, and MD. We design and install custom solutions for energy efficiency and renewable energy systems with pride and with proven track records. Our special focus is completing projects which decrease utility bills and energy consumption by 25% to well over 100% – even creating homes that are “net-positive.” An Energy Audit is the first step to your energy efficient home!
Visit our project maps page to learn about homeowners in your neighborhood that have worked with EDGE in the past. Remember, EDGE Energy works with HOA’s, civic groups, trade organizations, office pools, or just simply any GROUP of organized homeowners interested in completing blocks of energy audits AND retrofit services like weatherization, duct-sealing, or air-sealing, and attic insulation. Many special pricing offers have been extended in the past due to the hard work of various “Neighborhood Champions” – those who have dedicated extra time to organizing group meetings, gathering email distribution lists, and assisting with scheduling.
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