A Brilliant Solution Using The Sun – Earth Day


Now this might sound a little odd to those of you who are familiar with my efforts to avoid further sun damage to my pale family.

However as part of a remodel we are taking full advantage of that giant mass of ultraviolet emitting gas.

There are several spots in our building that have been built without windows which means lights frequently being turned on and then just as frequently forgotten and left on which drives me bonkers, the above hallway is a particularly gloomy spot.SKYLIGHT TUBE ROOF

Because we had solar panels installed last summer we also had to upgrade the roof to support the panels, it seemed the perfect time to install some skylights. As most of our roof has an attic space a conventional skylight is not possible plus skylights bring not only light but heat.

Instead we opted for skylight tubes that have a small hole in fact a 10” tube will light 150 square feet and a 14” lights up 350!

I was a bit nervous when the first holes were cut and despite the bright midday sun we only got a circle of light.

However once the tube was in place it radiated so much light that we actually keep trying to ‘switch off the light” out of habit!

The before and after photo shows a windowless hallway taken without flash. In the before picture we had to turn the light on in order that there was enough light to get the shot. The second picture shows the 10” tube installed, there is no flash and no light on, and it’s quite a difference!

How are you reducing your carbon footprint this earth day?sunnysleevez.com

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About sunnysleevez

I'm a freckly red head, originally from London now living in LA with 2 pale children. Frankly with our coloring we have no business being such an outdoorsy family and living in southern California. I grew up in a time when factor 8 sun milk was considered the best protection available to combat the hot rays of a holiday in southern Spain, that lead to 3rd degree burns and the rest of the vacation spent in the shade of our apartment. As a family we love to be outside, going to the beach, camping, swimming & hiking. We can't completely avoid the sun (nor should we) but taking sensible measures to avoid unnecessary UV damage is a priority. How do we do that? By staying in the shade in the middle of the day, wearing sun protective clothing (that's why I created Sunny Sleevez), a broad brimmed hat, UV rated sunglasses, using chemical-free broad spectrum sun screen on exposed areas & eating a healthy diet with as few chemicals as possible & lots of antioxidants.
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7 Responses to A Brilliant Solution Using The Sun – Earth Day

  1. it’s perfect. What a difference.

  2. sunnysleevez says:

    I have to take some pix of the larger tube, the room is just dazzling, I just love the color of the light it is so energizing, I really noticed the difference in my mood over the winter when we had such short days, the quality of the light really perked me up 😀

  3. mcsgal says:

    Tube lights are great. You get the light without some of the negatives of a standard skylight. I have plans to put some in my house.

  4. Excellent! Very cool.

  5. rudyhou says:

    nicely done. i think all houses should install at least one.

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