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 solar_tubea 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.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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