A cost –effective and responsible lighting solution. While Solar Tube, Tubular Skylight and Daylight Pipe are all generic names used for products, probably the easiest to relate to is Daylighting Pipe. There has been much research conducted into the advantages of using natural daylight for illumination of both domestic and commercial buildings. As an alternative to electric lighting, DaylightingPipe is one of the simplest.
Daylighting Pipes collect and focus daylight using highly reflective materials and a specially designed geometric dome. Daylighting Pipe is energy free, offering unsurpassed lighting and HVAC energy savings to housing and industry by supplementing or replacing daytime electric lighting and skylights with this newer breed of natural lighting product. The combination of daylighting pipe, energy-efficient electric lighting, and an electric light control system offers everyone the optimum illumination system. Electric lighting, together with its affect on HVAC, accounts for up to 60 percent of a commercial property's electric bill. Since electricity is the most expensive form of energy, this can equate to 80% of the property's total energy costs. Natural lighting saves the majority of this energy cost, not to mention natural resources and environmental contaminants. In a residential scenario, a couple who spend a considerable amount of time at home with Daylight Piping installed in their kitchen, where 60% of piping is installed, can expect a scenario similar to this: Pipe typically replaces the burning of 200 to 500 watts of electric lights for 3 to 7 hours per day.
If we assume a 300 watt savings for 5 Hrs. per day, 5 days per week, this would result in a reduction of the following power plant emissions per year based on a 390 kWh yearly energy savings:
Most people go to work in the morning and are not burning electric lights at home during the day therefore your personal savings will be adjusted accordingly. Office settings derive more benefits from Daylight Pipes than do residential settings in the form of better visual acuity, higher where levels of alertness, fewer sick days and overall more positive worker attitude... all of which yields higher personal productivity. Daylight Pipe fills dark rooms with brilliant natural light and continued high-output performance year after year, with a median price tag starting at about $600 per tube. There are many excellent manufacturers of these products and a wealth of information available online.