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Material for skylite panels/shields

posted by: kellykath on 07.06.2011 at 02:59 am in Remodeling Forum

I'm hoping someone can give me some ideas (other than the typical (home depot acrylic panel) for placement in my skylites. I have several solar tube installations and instead of framing/installing them flush with the ceiling they were recessed somewhat and framed to look better. I will then place a clear/semi clear panel in between the frame/moulding for the solar tube and the interior dome/circular hole where the light filters through. Four are actual tubes and three are the more "typical" framed/drywalled skylites. The two larger openings are approx 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 that are incorporated into box beams in my kitchen and another is larger, approx. 2 x 3 1/2 in an art room. Can someone suggest something better looking than the old 1970's acrylic that was used to be placed in many of the florescent lighting fixtures in kitchen/ workspaces? It does not have to be clear - however I do not want any stained glass, or colored panels. I'm looking for a white material - - could be slightly opaque as well. Any ideas? They will need to bend slightly as the moulding they will be "resting" on has been installed. Thanks!


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RE: Material for skylite panels/shields (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: jakabedy on 07.06.2011 at 10:35 am in Remodeling Forum

I'm confused. Are you saying that your installation has no diffusers at the ceiling level? All you have is the open "hole" with the only cover being the materials at the roof level? And your finish trim is already installed at the ceiling, with no diffusers? First, I think you're probably going to have to remove that finished trim, at least in part, to get any rigid diffuser in there. Also, I think you need to break it into two questions: how to handle the solatube lights, and how to handle the boxed-in traditional lights. And then what is the purpose of the diffuser? Is the roof-level material clear rather than frosted, so you want to cut down on the amount of light? Or is it a looks thing?

Don't the solatubes have a reflective interior to the tube, so that you're looking up at something shiny? I know the companies manufacture different diffusers, and it would be best to use those.

For the boxed-in skylights, how is the interior finished? Is it drywalled? Are you not wanting to see the drywall, or what is the purpose of the diffuser? I think you can get some frosted plexiglass and go with that.


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RE: Material for skylite panels/shields (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: kellykath on 07.06.2011 at 05:15 pm in Remodeling Forum

Sorry I was not very informative . . . below are some pics.

recessed solar tube with flush crown moulding detail


This is the solar tube raised up. I will need some type of material to slightly "bend" and drop in to sit on the small crown that is flush with the ceiling. This installation looked more detailed/custom vs the circular installation mounted to the ceiling - especially when there is other recessed lights installed in the immediate area.

kitchen drywalled skylite

There are two of these in my kitchen and yes . . . these areas are drywalled but again, I would like a panel placed just above the moulding that is already in place. I do not have any heating issues so it would just be a decorative panel with a "clean" look. As the kitchen sky lights "share" one tunnel, I don't want to look up at the open area. I hope this is more informative. Thanks


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RE: Solartube brands - ODL, Solatube? (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: greenthumb222 on 11.07.2008 at 01:43 am in Remodeling Forum

The term Solartube derives from Solatube International. There is a HUGE difference between ODL, Velux, Daylite and Solatube brands. The difference is in the technology. The reason we chose Solatube was due to several reasons. First, they only use seamless all-metal flashings. Second, the tube is lined with Spectralight Infinity, which has pure color rendition and is the most reflective material on earth. So, if you have natural stone countertops in your kitchen or bath, and you want them to sparkle, then you need pure natural light. ODL and other brands use enhanced silver, which gives a yellowish tint. You can even see the yellow tubing firsthand at Home Depot. Third, the dome has something called Raybender 3000 technology in it that doubles the surface area of the dome. So, even on cloudy or winter days, tons more light makes it into the house. It also allows the domes to be placed on North or East facing slopes and still bring in tons of light. My Master bathroom is on the Northside of the house, and it is as bright as the utility room on the South side. Next, Solatube offers several diffuser (interior lens) choices. Solatube Daylighting Systems are also Energy Star Rated and block UV, so there is no heat gain in our Texas summers...and the Mrs. doesn't worry about the carpet fading in the living room. Finally, in my local area (San Antonio), our Solatube Dealer has a showroom lit with nothing but Solatube Daylighting Systems. I did not have to wonder what it would look like, I was able to see, firsthand, how much light they bring in. No other product offered this or a certified installation. In fact, my installer has literally installed thousands, so he was able to help me determine the best placement in the rooms. It really made me wonder why the big box stores wouldn't even install the ODL models they sell. I love them, and trust me...if you get a Solatube Daylighting System you will take the time to write a novel just like I did here!

Here is a link that might be useful: Solatube's Homepage


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RE: Skylights for the Bathroom (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: Renovator8 on 12.06.2011 at 05:18 pm in Remodeling Forum

The 14" model has more than twice the daylight area of the 10" model and the rigid tube systems deliver many times more light than the flexible tube systems.


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RE: Skylights for the Bathroom (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: scrappy25 on 12.06.2011 at 02:03 pm in Remodeling Forum

I can't answer all your questions but I had a solatube installed in my upstairs hallway., I think it is 10" (it was not the largerst size whcih I believe is 14". On a sunny day there is enough light not to turn on the lights. On an overcast day you will need to turn on the lights but that is also true in the rest of the house. Be sure to to get the "warm lens" as the light is rather blue otherwise.If you use one I would center it. Or you could use two with the light fixture in between. It comes with the flashing. The light fixture addition to the solatube seems pricey and I'd worry that it was prone to failure, I'd keep a separate light.


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Skylights for the Bathroom

posted by: jjaazzy on 12.05.2011 at 01:01 pm in Remodeling Forum

I have a 2nd bathroom that is 14 x 5 the tub shower combo is on one end and the sink is right in front of the door when you walk in and you guessed it the toilet is between the two. This bathroom has no window and I would love to get some light into this room. I am wanting to put in a solar tube skylight. The research I found on this site is quite old and wanted to know if anyone has any current recommendations for brand? I think the idea of it doubling as a room light (at night) is a good one. So that is an option I would like as well. Is there a minimum distance needed between the finished drywall inside (ceiling) and exterior room (barrel tile). We only have a short distance and it was suggested to me that it might reduce the level of day light. Is there a particular flashing I should be looking for. I am getting a new roof so now is the time to put it in. Next, how many is one enough? Where should this beam of light shine in, over the sink, toilet, shower area? All seem like they might be weird. Or place it dead center of the room treat it like a light fixture which as I write this seems like the obvious best choice. Any and all help appreciated. Thanks! (going to cross ref this in bathrooms)


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RE: Velux skylight (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: mightyanvil on 10.29.2006 at 12:04 am in Windows Forum

Go to the Velux website at the "Optional Link URL" below.

Select item 3 "INSTALL PRODUCTS"

Three Options are presented.

If you select the 2nd Option "EXPLORE INSTALLATION OPTIONS" you will see the 3 possible installation options (Deck, Curb & Self-flashing) and the step-flashing animation.

If you select the 3rd Option "SEARCH INSTALLATION DOCS" you will be offered 2 dialogue boxes for the purpose of selecting the installation PDF you need.

In the first box select the Category "SKYLIGHTS".

In the second box select the Subcategory "VCM/VCE CURB MOUNT VENTING SKYLIGHT" or "FCM (FIXED CURB MOUNT SKYLIGHT)"

Open the PDF file.

Curb dimensions are given and the 3D drawing shows how the curb sits over the sheathing and the framing. Of course, the framing might have to be adjusted so that this is possible.

There are no clips involved, they are used only to support non-curb mounted skylights.

Here is a link that might be useful: Velux website


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