All Press Releases for July 10, 2009

Handy Homeowners Can Add Natural Light Quickly

Easily Installed, Inexpensive Tubular Skylights Make Homes Greener

    FORT MILL, SC, July 10, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ -- If you're a homeowner with an area in your home that needs more natural light -- say a hallway, laundry room, closet, or a windowless bathroom, an easy-to-install tubular skylight could be the answer. And if you're one of the millions of handy do-it-yourselfers in America, you can handle the installation in a weekend morning.

But even if you're a little wary of cutting a hole in your perfectly good roof yourself, a reasonably priced installation by a professional can be easily arranged. Either way, you gain more passive natural light and a lower power bill - two highly desirable results in today's green building conscious world.

Sandra Tuell, an accredited real estate enhancement professional, describes tubular skylights as "small, roof-mounted marvels," and says they offer exceptional light output and cost-efficiency, are eco-friendly and easy to install, and are both attractive inside and unobtrusive outside.

ENERGY STAR qualified VELUX Sun Tunnel skylights fit this profile while bringing passive natural light into the home, and particularly into areas where traditional skylights aren't needed or won't fit. They capture light very efficiently through a clear, weatherproof dome on the roof. The light travels into the home through highly reflective tubing, ending at a diffuser in the ceiling that looks like a traditional in-ceiling light fixture. The units offer a choice of highly reflective rigid tubing between the roof and ceiling or flexible tubing to easily bypass HVAC equipment or other obstructions in the attic. They are less expensive than many traditional skylights and easier to install.

According to Tim Johnson, product manager with VELUX America, the skylights are available in a variety of models in 10", 14" and 21" diameters for different spaces and lighting needs. "The installation process is very straight-forward," Johnson says, "with many components pre-assembled right out of the box so a handy homeowner can handle the installation in two to three hours."

The skylights are available at big box stores, building supply dealers, and specialty retail outlets. Optional light kits are available that install inside the tunnels for nighttime use.

For free information on the benefits of natural light and skylight selection, or for free house plans incorporating skylights, call 1-800-283-2831 or visit For government information on window and skylight energy efficiency visit, and for independent agency information visit or

Image/s caption - Tubular skylights easily bring passive natural light to more areas of the home.

VELUX America Feature Series No. 24/08/F - Handy Homeowners Can Add Natural Light Quickly - Apx. 400 Words

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