When you think of skylight design you may think that only refers to the visible shape of the panel chosen; in fact there are many aspects to skylights that relate to the design and affect the usefulness of the skylight. Some skylights need to provide light for a large area while others have a different purpose. Learn all you can about skylights and skylight design as a consumer before you consult a professional. This will help you to understand better the decisions you will have to make.
Skylights are beneficial to have in your home for many reasons. Skylights let in outdoor light cutting down on both heating and electricity costs. When a skylight is designed and installed properly it can light an entire room, provide heat and improve the appearance of your home or business. These are just some of the basic benefits to using skylights; you could even look into utilizing the solar power from your skylights in different ways to live more eco-friendly.
No matter what type of home or business ceiling thickness you have there is a skylight design that will work for you. For buildings with thick ceilings, attics or multi-storied buildings often utilize tubular skylights. For the layperson the easiest way to describe tubular skylight design is a long tubular channel with a collector at the top and a diffuser at the bottom that will illuminate an area between 75 and 150 square feet per skylight. This is ideal for cubicles or small offices, even restrooms.
The places where tubular skylights are most effective are in the bottom floor of a multi-story building in order to light the space with natural sunlight, warehouses, private offices or to prevent heat loss and for solar gain. The installation of tubular skylights requires a professional installer who can work with the thickness of your ceiling and angles to get the most out of your skylight. The top panel of the skylight will be affixed to your roof with the channel running through the ceiling completely hidden from sight with the bottom window attached on the visible area of the ceiling.