Shine on

Shine on – Product Info

Skylights are an ever-popular solution for introducing natural light into the home, but may have a reputation among some homeowners for contributing to heat gain or loss and the potential for becoming damaged in storms. Some of the newest features in skylights include improved light performance and energy efficiency, as well as wind- and impact-resistance.

Solatube International’s Spectralight Infinity is a new reflective tubing material that transfers 500 percent more daylight through the company’s tubular skylights than other reflective tubing materials, says the firm. Now standard on extension tubes for all models, Spectralight Infinity directs light down the entire length of the tube–up to 40 feet–bouncing it back and forth many times without loss of color or light quality (circle 103).

New decorative ceiling lenses from Tubular Skylight are offered in three hand-leaded designs: floral, sunburst, and Victorian; custom designs also are available. Tubular Skylights, which light up to 900 square feet and are available in three sizes, are insulated to reduce heat gain and loss and have an R-value of 22 (circle 104).

ODL’s Roof Window, featuring insulating glass and bronze tinting to reduce heat gain and increase energy efficiency, is being re-introduced to the market with vinyl frames. The new models are available in white with flat insulated glass or an acrylic glazing. Available in four sizes, ODL’s vinyl roof windows are made in fixed or operable versions (circle 105).

Sun-Tek Extreme Weather (Impact) skylights are available in two impact-resistant glass models: self-flashing or curb mounted. Argon-filled insulated glass and a layer of high-impact polycarbonate plastic combine in an aluminum alloy frame to provide impact resistance. Both models are rated for up to 120-mph wind zones and have received Metro Dade approval for Dade County, Fla. (circle 106).

Sun Tunnel skylights now feature the Snap-Ring assembly system, which requires only four installation steps. Sun Tunnel’s leak-proof design provides protection against rain, while the system’s tubing is flexible enough to be directed around structural blocks (circle 107).

An Energy Star-approved skylight, Velux’s Impact FCM is designed to meet building code requirements in hurricane-prone locations throughout the southeastern United States. Rated to withstand winds up to 120 mph or higher and to resist the impact of debris, the Impact FCM skylight works with all sizes of site-built curbs and varying thicknesses of flashing and roofing material, says the company (circle 108).

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