Tube Skylights - The Way to Go for DIYers
This "skylight" is the 5th we've installed ourselves. We installed the 10" "tubes" in a bathroom, hallway, and two in our small living room.
We decided to go with the 14" tube to "spread the light" to a larger area and hopefully postpone the desire for more of these "wonderous" little "free" light creators. So we placed it just in the kitchen area so it throws light on both our kitchen sink cabinet area and our adjoining dining area.
At midday, I keep thinking I need to turn off the light. It
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creates quite a bit of ambient lighting - certainly makes it possible to do a majority of tasks without turning on the electrical bulbs. The light is a bit "bluish", but I have "daylight" CFLs through-out the house, so, I'm used to it.
Installation was fairly simple, although time consuming - but the learning curve was already there. More time is spent, I think, actually in the attic trying to maximize the location when realizing that a 2x6 runs exactly where you initially wanted to install.
Definitely worth the money - and with the 2009 tax incentives - bonus!
It would be nice if ODL (and Home Depot) stocked accessories - like different light diffusers/face plates, solar powered "in-tube" lighting for evening use, etc.