By Brent Sauser
Going to GreenBuild 2013 in Philadelphia was a great experience. I got to visit with many manufactures who are already featured on the RESOURCES page of NetZeroMax.com. One exhibit I especially enjoyed was with the Solatube (daylighting) folks. While there I was reminded of the many advantages of bringing full spectrum sunlight into my home for a great price. Just think . . . free interior illumination directly from the sun.
Once I returned to Orlando I called The Solar Guys (authorized installers of Solatube products for Central Florida) to arrange a time to have one installed. Turns out the only time they had left was Friday the 13th. Superstitions aside, I booked the date.
Chris Manotti (The Solar Guys installer) arrived at noon, and after discussing the best location and Solatube type, Chris got right to work at 12:15pm. I asked him if he wouldn’t mind if I photographed his progress and timed his installation. He agreed without exception.
We decided on the 14 inch diameter Solatube 290 DS . . . a good choice considering the size of our living room. We paid a little extra for the Tier Drop glass lens diffuser. From start to finish took one hour . . . 60 minutes. That’s all. Of course, Chris knew what he was doing, so anyone who might consider installing a Solatube on their own could take most of a full day. In fact, Chris said he came from one installation and has two more to complete before the end of the day.
The “after” photos speak for themselves regarding how effective daylight can be to light up a space by the power of the sun. The following photographs illustrate how easy the installation is.
Overall I am very pleased with the installation and encourage you to bring the sunlight into your home through the installation of daylighting products like Solatube.
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