Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 58
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JayWax easy to install, nice light
Installed when we had new shingles put on due to storm. Roofers did the hole in roof, installed top side of skylight. I did the tube, extension kit, and ceiling cuts and install. Installed in 6'X10' laundry room.
It was really easy to install and tape up. Gives off good light for the size of the laundry room.
I'd install same size in same place if I had to do it all over again.
I know some people said it gave off blue-ish light. I only notice it in low-light times of the day - late evening and early morning. The rest of the time it looks bright white daylight.
April 4, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by SpotofBlue Nice fit
I have an older brick home built in 1980 and the living room was very dark as the only window/door was in the dining room. Prior to the remodel a family member suggested using solar tubes in lieu of installing new window openings etc.
Wow, were they right! I am very happy with the light I've gained after a relatively easy installation. I can only suggest that you make sure that you measure from the ceiling in the attic to the roof as you may need the extension tubes if the distance is over 48" this will save you allot of grief and trips back to the store plus, anything over the 20' extension tubes will need to be ordered and you may have to wait as I did for them to be shipped since they don't seem to be an in-stock item at least in my hometown.
It was a bit on the nerves cutting the holes for the roof mount but, my anxiety lessened after the first one was in place.
There are better technology brands out there like "solartube" who offer led lights with motion sensors in the tube but, the cost is double. However I'm happy with ODL.
July 15, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by CTek Looks great, works great, pretty easy to install..
Installed the 10 Tubular sky light. Installation was fairly easy about 2 hours with phone calls and goofing off.
The blue tint which many refer to is present but that is normal. True day light is that color when clouds are filtering it. When you look outside you have so many other objects that you see, your brain auto corrects for you.
You can always gel the diffuser but, that would cut the amount of light down by a lot.
The only real complaint I had was that the protective sheet in the inside of the tubes was in the creases of the turning parts for angles in the tubes. Which made it almost impossible to turn for corrections.
I spent a lot of time trying to loosen the joints and get the plastic protective sheeting out.
The bezel looks great and gives it a very professional look inside.
They gave plenty of aluminum tape with the kit.
The amount of light on a cloudy day (day of install) was amazing. Can’t wait for full sun.
April 22, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by NativePyrope Blue type hue.... ????
i'm the home owner and installer of this product. Everything fit together nicely but a few things that i want to point out; starting from worse to minor.
1st: after complete installation; the tube reflects a blue based light into the bathroom and that gives it a overall 'i'm living under the sea" look.
2nd: As i cut the template for the base(ceiling/drywall) Upon final assembly, i had a 1/4 gap around the cut to the product; hence air leaks & loose fitting... so i cut WITHIN the template for the roof for a tighter fit.
3rd: Reflector is plastic; i assumed that it was to be glass, reason... more light.
4th: LASTLY... Package NEEDS to mention that you will lose about 1.5 inches after fitting; so that left me with less than 2 inches AFTER final cuts.... not 48 inches but 45 inches
February 14, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Katanakahn So much light! So easy to install!
My wife suffers from SAD and we recently purchased a King Sized bed. This put the bed away from the only window in our room.
I purchased and installed this skylight this Saturday. From the time I got home and opened the box, until the skylight was installed, all messes cleaned up and my tools put away was about 3 hours.
The amount of light is impressive and you even get a soft glow at night from the moon.
I plan to install more in other rooms in the house, and potentially another in the Bedroom.
February 25, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Littlebit Outstanding and simple solution!
We bought the 14-inch skylight to bring light to a very dark hallway. The installation was more complex and time consuming than some of the reports I had read. In our case the roof is very steep and high so we had to put a support beam for the tubular shaft. That said, I could not be more impressed with the amounts of light and brightness this product brings into the house. We have had absolutely no problem with roof leaks. We made sure to put enough adhesive sealant during installation to prevent problems. The outside appearance of the dome is not detrimental to the value of the home but I would not place it facing the front either. In our case the dome is on the east face of the roof and it looks perfectly fine. The product concept and design is simple but it is very well built and it delivers results beyond expectations, for sure.
July 4, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Av8rs Brightens our day!
Our guest bathroom and hallway are in the middle of the house, and any light that filtered in from adjacent rooms was not much. So we decided to try this skylight, and we're very pleased with the results.
Fortunately our roof is standard (asphalt shingles with 4/12 pitch). But even so, the directions are very minimal and thus I recommend caution.
If your installation allows for a fairly straight (vertical) tube installation, you will have no problem completing the job in an afternoon as stated. But if your install requires an angled tube, then you will be in for a big headache if you follow the instructions step-by-step. In our case, the roof framing in the attic was very busy, with ridges and valleys directly above the bathroom. So an offset of several feet between the roof opening and the ceiling opening was required.
I started by finding a location on the roof that was close as possible to the bathroom, but far enough from ridges and valleys that the flashing would fit without interference. After cutting the hole and sliding the flashing beneath the shingles, I "tacked" it in place with just two screws instead of immediately and permanently securing it in place (with roof sealer and multiple screws) as directed in the instructions.
Long story short, dry fit everything first. Meaning, don't permanently secure ANYTHING until you're done. This is especially true if your bend in the tubing must go toward the downhill side of the flashing, because the provided template leaves part of the roof deck extending into the flashing opening. Had I not been able to easily remove the flashing to enlarge the roof hole, I would not be leaving such a favorable review!
I also recommend NOT cutting the interior ceiling opening until after (dry) fitting the roof flashing and tubing. In my case, moving the ceiling opening a couple inches closer to the roof opening allowed me to stay within the 48" maximum length of the included tubing, which in turn saved us from having to buy an extension tube just to gain a couple inches. Trying to anticipate the tube length by measuring (as described in the instructions) will work if you're well within the 48" maximum length and the 45 degree maximum tube angle. But if you're near the limit, it is impossible to accurately measure because of the extra length required above the roof deck and the extra length required by the angles.
Bottom line ... we are very happy with our new skylight. We especially like having the bathroom (and even the adjacent hallway) brighten with the sunrise every morning, same as the other rooms with windows.
Thank you for an excellent product!
VJ and DB, Santa Paula, CA
September 13, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by WashingtonKen Blue hue to the light
I had one of the 10 inch models installed and there is a strong blue hue to the light. It is more pronounced in the morning and evening. In the full sun of the day the blue does almost completely go away. However in the morning there is an under the sea feeling to it.
Be careful if this will be in shade or partial shade for the whole day as I would think the blue light color could be too much.
July 19, 2013