As humans, we’re naturally drawn to the sun. Not only do we love the warm feeling, but it actually helps us process vitamin D and boosts our mood. Unfortunately, most of us spend the majority of our lives indoors. This doesn’t just kill our tans, though—it can also seriously affect our health and our moods. Of course, the less sunlight you get at home or at work, the more you have to spend on heating and artificial light. Fortunately, this innovative lighting system is here to change all that. Our review of the Solatube Smart LED shows how it brings the sunshine to you and helps you save energy, at the same time…
What are sun tubes?
You may have seen a sun tube before, and not even realized it. They’re a way of transporting sunlight to parts of a building that may otherwise not get a lot of it. These solar lighting systems basically allow you to put a skylight anywhere you want. A window of sorts sits on your roof and then a tube runs from it to the place in your home or business where you want the sunlight to appear.
Solatubes take this simple design a big step forward, ensuring you always get the light you need, even when the sun isn’t around.
Sense the Sun indoors
The secret behind Solatube is the patented SunSense Technology. This device constantly monitors daylight levels. When it senses that levels have become low, it activates LED lights. You don’t have to do a thing. Likewise, when the sun comes back up (or the clouds get out of the way), SunSense Technology switches the LEDs off. LED light bulb technology is up to 80% more efficient than traditional light bulbs, so you’ll be saving lots of energy, even when the lights are activated. If you want to learn more about LEDs, read our guide on the topic: How To Guide: Choosing LED light bulbs for your home or business
When it’s dawn or dusk, both sunlight and LED light will be transmitted, so there’s never a moment when you’re in the dark. During the transition, the light will never even dim.
As a result, you get a seamless lighting solution in any room of your home or business. This is the perfect way to channel light to rooms that don’t even have windows at all.
Totally Tubular Energy Savings!
Obviously, one of the other big selling points of the Solatube is that it’s great for cutting down on your utility bills. Think about how many lights we all need throughout the day. Of course, chances are that this artificial light is a poor substitute for the real thing.
You probably don’t think about lighting at all, in rooms where windows make sunlight readily available. With a Solatube solar lighting system, you get totally free sunlight wherever you want it so long as the sun is out. When the lights take over, you’ll hardly notice the difference, thanks to the high quality, energy saving LED bulbs.
More than Free Sunshine…
Aside from the energy savings and the fact that you can get light wherever you want in the home or office, you’ll experience a number of other benefits too.
First, Solatubes are ENERGY STAR rated for a reason. It’s because they help to reduce a building’s overall heat loss. This makes them ideal for those of us who live in parts of the country that get cold. However, that rating also means they’re great at heat gain too. Thermal performance and energy efficiency doesn’t get any better.
Hopefully, you understand that this is a lighting and heating solution that can work for the office, too. Commercial property owners can save a ton of money on energy bills by having these stylish devices installed throughout their building.
Of course, another great benefit is that it will cut down on your carbon footprint. We’re all trying to do our best to help the environment. This is a really unique way to play our part without having to make a sacrifice.
Each Solatube system can provide light to a room that’s 250 square feet. So, if you have a room of greater size, you’ll want to install multiple units.
In 2013, Solatube Smart LED System won the LightFair International Innovation Award by beating out 300 other competitors from the lighting industry. It’s energy efficiency and LED integration, will make it a winning system for energy savings in your home or office, too. Wouldn’t you love to start benefiting from this kind of innovation?
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