In Praise of Solar Tubes
While skylights (especially older ones) can be problematic, I can’t recall ever seeing a solar tube that leaked or otherwise presented a maintenance issue.
On the contrary, solar tubes are a terrific, inexpensive way to introduce natural light into an otherwise dark(er), interior space.
That includes hallways in ramblers (called “ranches” outside the Midwest); windowless walk-in closets; or really just any space that’s not near a natural light source and is located on the home’s top floor (i.e., under the roof).
Surprisingly, solar tubes admit plenty of light even on cloudy days.
P.S.: In the photo above, guess which Kitchen ceiling light is actually the solar tube.
Answer: the biggest, brightest one.