Somewhere recently I saw an ad for a method of providing natural light
to an otherwise dark internal room - the concept was a light collector
of some sort mounted on the roof, with a duct or pipe to convey light
down into the body of the house, to a light panel or something in the
Sounded quite a good idea; I wondered if (a) anybody could point me at
a suitable website/supplier and (b) whether anyone has seen one of
these and can reccomend it? Or is it a gimmick which will cause your
roof to leak, and stop working when the (inaccessible) light collector
On 7 Sep 2003 06:46:15 -0700, a particular chimpanzee named
firstname.lastname@example.org (David) randomly hit the keyboard and
I've seen it used a couple of times. It gives about the light of a
low wattage bulb, which is probably plenty in a WC or corridor. No
idea about durability. As for weather-tightness; I would have thought
no worse than a rooflight. Try www.monodraught.co.uk.
"You know, I'd rather see this on TV,
http://www.solatube.co.uk/ is the supplier whose tubes I have seen
(b) whether anyone has seen one of
Yes. They provide adequate light for most things, and if mounted on the
south-facing part of the roof they are a lot more efficient. Even on a
cloudy day in February they gave enough light for my nearly-blind
grandfather to move around quite well.
Or is it a gimmick which will cause your
As mentioned by others, the rain cleans them. Just be sure the installation
Just finished mine yesterday! (the same day that Dave wrote his
I saw the idea on http://www.skytube.net.nz /, used a 250mm PVC soil
pipe, put the old washing machine's door glass on the top, fitted
Lined the inside of the tube with silver foil (don't know how long it
will last, but not difficult to remove and re-line because I cut off
the wide end of the soil pipe and set that into the ceiling - the
other part plugs in nicely!
Will have photos available when the film is out of the camera...
We use it to light up the stair well, so effective that we keep trying
to turn off the light durung the day!
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