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How to choose a powerful natural light pipe?

A light pipe is a powerful solution for illuminating the dark surfaces of a house with natural light. These systems make it possible to light rooms even those that do not have access to external openings to create a window.

The natural light pipe consists of 3 parts: the collection area, located on the roof, the transmission area, located in the attic and the diffusion area, located on the ceiling of the room to be illuminated. The concept is simple but all the natural light pipes on the market are not identical: decryption to choose an effective and efficient light pipe.


Step 1 - collecting light from the roof

The collection of light is done mostly on the roof, usually on the south side to collect a maximum of

Dome on roof

light in the day. Some installations can be done in frontage but the result will be less good, especially if surrounding masks like a tree or buildings nearby darken the collection part.

The catch of the daylight is different according to the marks. The most effective will be with a dome in the shape of a half-sphere because it captures the light at 360°. Generally acrylic, the dome is even more effective when it includes prisms that can redirect the rays at low angles like those of dawn or sunset: the gain of light in your room will be 2 hours per hour. compared to a roof window.

Step 2 - the transmission of light rays inside a tube

When natural light is collected from the dome, the light rays are oriented in the conduit. These rays

Installation of a light pipe

come by a rebound game until the ceiling of natural light of your room, called diffuser. This puzzle game is more or less effective depending on the quality of the lining of the tube. Some tube technologies verify that much of the rays collected from the dome can be reflected back into the room you want to light. For this, the tube must be rigid and have a high reflection rate (some tubes have an optimal reflection quality of 99.7%, the best proven on the market) If the quality is lower, too many light rays will be lost and the result will be very effective.

The tubes pass through the attic of a house either vertically or by creating an angle to avoid certain pieces of woodwork or to position the collection dome on the sunniest side of your house and install the diffuser on the opposite side. If a floor is above the room to be lit, no problem: the duct may be hidden in a closet or in a formwork made specifically for installation.

Step 3 - the diffusion of daylight into the room

At the end of the duct is the diffuser. Ideally located in the center of the surface you want to light, natural light blooms in your room. This technology allows you to have a low roof opening for maximum light inside your home.

The benefits of natural light

Important point, also consider choosing a light pipe with a double wall diffuser to limit heat leaks between the tube and your interior.

The benefits of natural light

As you can see, the light pipe offers multiple installation possibilities. No matter the configuration and constraints of your home, it is always possible to install a light pipe to take full advantage of natural light and its benefits.
Real comfort in your home: a bright room will be more pleasant to live. In addition, it is a real asset when reselling your property.
Real colors: natural light gives the real colors to objects, clothes... unlike the electric light that tries to simulate this rendering.
Excellent performance: Natural light has a real impact on our body but also on our mind. Indeed, it represents a healthy stimulant for concentration and performance.

The advantages of a light pipe compared to a window or a roof window

Why choose to install a natural light pipe rather than a window or roof window? The five-point answer:
It is possible to illuminate a room in the heart of the home: With its tube with highly reflective walls, the rays are guided where you want, in any room even in the heart of your home. It is thus possible to illuminate the bottom of a room when the natural lighting of the windows is not sufficient or without direct access to the roof.
Better collection of light rays:

></p>The dome, by its shape, allows a collection of light rays 360°. The rays of dawn and bedtime are thus oriented in the tube of light. Your room will be lit by natural light up to 2H / day and more.</p><p>In addition, a collection on the roof avoids the surrounding masks (garden hedge, house nearby...) the diffusion of light will be more intense and longer.<br>Low opening on the roof: Indeed, the opening in your roof, for the same illuminated surface, is weak for the light pipes. At equal diffusion, a window or roof window must have an opening of at least 1m² and therefore greater heat losses. This small opening thus makes it possible to reduce heat losses.<br>No maintenance: Due to the quality of the products and the shape of the half-sphere dome, some brand requires no maintenance for the cleaning of light pipes. Unlike a roof window where branches, leaves and other debris tend to accumulate on the flat upper side of the window.<br>Think of the summer comfort thanks to the infrared filters: The light diffused in the room is not the one directly captured. In addition, some skylights are equipped with an infrared filter that allows lighting without heat. You also reduce your air conditioning bill.</p><p align=How to choose a powerful natural light pipe?: choose


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