Many people still think that solar windows are the same thing as skylights, but that’s not the case. Both have the same function; that is, letting in the sunlight. Used for daylighting purposes, both solar windows and skylights reduce the need to use electrical lighting during the day. At the same time, natural light comes with an aura of comfort and warmth, reducing stress in a way electrical light cannot.
A solar window, or solar tubular light, however, distributes light far differently from its counterpart. That’s because the very shape and materials of a solar tubular light are meant not only to let light in, but to distribute it as well. It’s made from reflective materials that emit more light. Also, light travels across the solar window through a dome-like shape and diffuser that help to disperse it evenly throughout the room.
In contrast, skylights frequently result in dark patches in the room it is intended to light. Solar windows can be up to three times brighter. They also block harmful UV rays and minimize the transfer of heat and cold into the home through sealed shafts. Solar windows can produce 70 percent less heat while letting in the daylight. Traditional skylights, on the other hand, can generate unwanted heat and when unglazed, enable rising warm air to cool in the winter.
This is not to minimize the beauty and possibility of a skylight. Essentially a window placed on the roof, skylights are picturesque and minimize energy costs by reducing electricity usage. They also have the option of being double or triple glazed.
Solar window is actually a misleading term for the solar tubular light. That’s because solar windows are those located along the south-facing side of a passive solar home. However, solar tubular lights placed on the roof are frequently called by the same name. Varieties include the Natural Light Tubular. You can get free estimates on installation from a certified solar contractor in your area.