Why is a Solatube the best sun tunnel system

Now here’s an interesting point; when you’re looking for the best tubular skylight / sun tunnel it’s likely to be a Solatube sun pipe.  A bold statement, perhaps, so let’s explain why a Solatube is the best choice and why other types of system often fall short.


Accreditation and certifications are not awarded lightly, which is why few other companies that offer lower quality copy-cat systems boast them. Solatube is the real deal and complies with UK building Regulations.  Installing a Solatube sun pipe provides you with the reassurance that you are dealing with a company and products that are fit for purpose, compliant with regulations and focused on quality.  Just ask what a competitor system can offer and you’ll notice the difference. 

Read more here https://www.solatubescotland.co.uk/blog/solatube-accreditations-157/

How bright? 

Just think twice if you come across claims from other systems that they deliver more light, because they almost certainly don’t.  One manufacturer is even misleading people by comparing their own copycat system against an old and out of date Solatube system in order to make out theirs are brighter.  They also go as far as comparing a larger diameter system against a smaller Solatube to try to make out they are brighter.

So, please don’t fall for misleading information.  There is no up to date or current test data from the BRE comparing the market leader, Solatube, with any other competitor product.

Read more here https://www.solatubescotland.co.uk/blog/new-solatube-dome-delivers-the-most-light-108/

98% or 99.7% reflective tubing – it makes a BIG difference 

Most other systems use a less reflective material in their tubes. It may not sound like a big difference but just consider the physics for a moment:

  • 98% reflective:  Each time light bounces down the tube it loses 2% of its energy, or light.  Over just 10 bounces that equates to a 20% loss of light.
  • 99.7% reflective:  Each time light bounces down the tube it loses just 0.3% of its energy, or light.  Over 10 bounces that equates to a tiny 3% loss of light

Read more here https://www.solatubescotland.co.uk/blog/why-do-solatube-sun-pipes-deliver-brighter-light-than-other-systems--140/ 


A Solatube sun pipe is the best quality system available.  You only have to put a Solatube sun tunnel alongside a copycat system and the difference in quality of both the design and the materials used is obvious.  That means parts won’t break or fail and will last longer, plus good quality design makes installation easier and therefore better.

Read more here https://www.solatubescotland.co.uk/blog/solatube-sun-tunnel-the-brighter-choice-137/

Dome or flat glass collector

A Solatube dome is able to gather ambient daylight from all around and direct it down the tube – imagine it as a giant funnel, with all the daylight pouring in to it.  A flat glass collector or skylight, however, is dependent on sun light shining directly down it.  So if the sun is not high in the sky and above the skylight, then a skylight will struggle to capture anywhere near as much light as a dome on a Solatube. 

Read more here https://www.solatubescotland.co.uk/blog/why-a-dome-is-so-much-brighter-than-a-skylight-and-rigid-tubes-outperform-flexible-ones-129/


Throughout the whole of Scotland, Solatube Scotland is the recognised distributor and installer of Solatube sun tunnels, or light pipes.

If you are interested in bringing natural light into your home, why not contact us at info@solatubescotland.co.uk; 07778 283 427 to find out whether a Solatube sun pipe can help you. Typically, a fully installed system might cost anywhere between £900 – £1,200; that’s supplied, professionally installed and includes the VAT.

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