shin­ing a light on so­lar tubes

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So­lar tubes — also known as sun tubes or tubu­lar sky­lights — can help to per­ma­nently light your home with­out us­ing ex­tra en­ergy or in­creas­ing your elec­tric­ity bill. Here’s how they work: A tubu­lar col­umn is in­stalled to pen­e­trate your ceil­ing and roof, pip­ing day­light, much light a sky­light, into your in­te­rior spa­ces. Though they don’t of­fer the ex­pan­sive over­head view that tra­di­tional sky­lights do, these tubes min­i­mize so­lar heat gains and losses much bet­ter than sky­lights. Ad­di­tion­ally, their rel­a­tively small size means they’re less in­tru­sive to fram­ing and dry­wall, mak­ing them more cost­ef­fec­tive than tra­di­tional sky­lights. So­lar tubes are a smart op­tion for smaller spa­ces with limited or no win­dows, such as in­te­rior hall­ways, bath­rooms and clos­ets.

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