A personal view regarding Solatube
When it came time to add some light into a log home that was built in the 80’s (let’s face it- it was like living in a cave most of the time) calling Solatube was a win-win. The home was a kit the original owners built in the country. Great location, very homey. After a year or so, we realized a window size was a problem and it lacked natural light in the daytime. Short of painting the interior logs white to bring in more light, or doubling the size of all the windows, there was little we thought could be done to improve the situation.
The previous owner tried to bring in more natural light. They had a skylight with a frosted plastic dome in the loft. If it was clear at any time during its life, that time had come and gone. Much like the covers on car headlights, it was dull, foggy and light struggled to make its way through the dingy plastic damaged by UV light and the elements. At this point it served no purpose except to be a source of leaks. No great amount of natural light really came through, and it was, (to put it nicely) ugly.
And then came Solatube
When it came time for a new roof (metal) the skylight was pulled, and roofed over. And Solatube (cue angels for a chorus of “Hallelujah”) was installed. Total transformation. A smaller tube was installed in the loft, which lit up the whole space with amazing light. Two of the larger tubes were installed elsewhere: one in the dining room, one in the great room.
It took some getting used to. We kept trying to turn off lights during the day because it lit those areas so well. Sneaky little dust bunnies were discovered running around the rooms and hiding in corners . (now forced to clean more often)
The cave feeling evaporated. On a night with a full moon and a clear sky: the ambiant light is fantastic.
You should purchase the prism diffusers. They are attractive and rainbows dance across the room during the day, which you won’t mind in the least. No heat enters in the space like the skylight area. No loss of heat during the winter either.
So, if you are contemplating a little more light: go for it! Solatube: you will love them!