Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 32
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Unhappy Dimmer reduces light even when not in use...unhappy
The dimmer feature was not worth the money and the loss of light to us thus the poor ratings in the value, quality and overall rating of this product. The dimmer feature takes up more space inside the tube than I imagined and the solar panel used to power the dimmer is also INSIDE the tube. This greatly reduces the light that SHOULD come into the house when the dimmer is NOT in use. We have another skylight about 15 feet away from the dimmer skylight and the dimmer skylight gives us less than half the light despite getting the same sun exposure and being the same size. Don't waste your money on the dimmer. I could not be more disappointed.
July 24, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by cason good medium grade tubular skylight
This is a relatively economical way to add light in dark rooms and even closets but does take some experience with roofing work. The roof penetration and shingle repair is important to getting a leak free installation. Inside the house I use a Hole Pro adjustable hole cutter to get a perfect hole and let its shield collect all the dust. The roof cut does not need to be so neat as everything is going to fall into the attic space - usually.
Not the heaviest gauge material so not something to use near the seashore but fine for other environments where corrosion is not a problem.
July 16, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mepppin Clever Green Product
I was initially hesitant to buy and install this product in lieu of a full-sized skylight. However, I am amazed out how much light (both ambient & direct) enters through the tube. The diffuser helps to overlap areas in a very useful way. Also, I installed the light fixture in the tube which is helpful at night. The solar dimmer shield works easily at the push of the remote button. Installation requires adherence to the step-by-step instructions, and I would recommend that you draw a small diagram for yourself as you determine how this device will go into your ceiling-attic-roof. The only modification I found helpful contrary to the instructions was to trim the excess pipe sticking up through the roof flashing when snapped into place. A good pair of needlenose tin snips cuts it off easily and perfectly. Definitely a no hassle product.
July 10, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Cabledog ODL 10" Skylight
My skylight was shipped to my home fast, undamaged, and with all parts.
I'm pretty handy around the house so found it easy to install. Took me longer to find my tube of roof sealant hidden in the garage than it did to install.
I did not install the included dimmer/night light kit for several reasons. It was to be installed in the bathroom and I realized there was little need for the dimmer or nightlight - our GFI outlet already has a nice nightlight built in. The attic space where it was installed was small and the additional height from the the dimmer kit would mean I'd have to trim the solar tubes. And also the dimmer kit seemed kinda flimsy and I did not want to have to go back up in a cramped area to fix or replace it should it fail.
One bit of advice for install. While prepping the kit for install I found the solar tubes were almost impossible to adjust. I found that when I removed the film from the inside of the tubes some of it was still stuck in the joints. After I carefully pulled the film from the joints the tubes moved freely.
I was surprised by the amount and quality of light provided. Even on an average winters day it puts out enough light to shower by. No need to turn the regular lights on unless you need to use the mirror. During the day it's almost light you've got a light on, but your not using any electricity. Light even spills out into the hallway and provides needed light there as well.
February 23, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bab1 enjoying added light.
Our house is dark in the northeast winters. We installed these for added light and it worked. They take a couple of days to get adjusted to but we are considering installing more [installed 3 in the great room]. You absolutely must follow the installation instructions. The added solar powered night light is a waste of money. We will not be purchasing that one again but we will buy the less expensive model. Over all a very good product.
October 23, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 this ODL tubular skylight is the easiest and fastest to install of the 3 different I have installed.
- easy to read and very through instructions
- quality materials
- excellant roof flanges
the added convience of the dimmer and night really sold my customer and they love it
May 12, 2009
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by lilu Lot of Light - Small Price - Easy Installation
These tubular skylights will serve me for many, many years. I now have five of them installed in my home. One without the solar-powered dimmer is in the bathroom. The four with solar-powered dimmers are in the living room and one in each bedroom. I will be able to reduce electricity each time I need to enter a room because I no longer need to turn a light on. However, I love the fact that I can just point the remote device toward the skylight, and the shade covers the skylight. Instant darkness! Great for watching movies and/or taking a nap. I don't believe these tubular skylights will ever develop a leak - and they provide just the right amount of light. Wish I had installed them sooner.
Only complaint is that it is extremely difficult to peel the film off the mirrored interior where the sections are joined in a v-groove. Just cannot seem to get all the film out of there - and that makes it very difficult to adjust the tubes to meet in the center. ODL needs to manufacture these slightly differently - just peel back about 3/4 inch of the film before crimping the v-groove. Would make installation SO much easier.
September 3, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Homeowner Wish I Had Bought Sooner
The install was a little rough, but this skylight is worth it. Natural light is so pleasing, and it is amazing to have well-lit rooms! Why did I wait to buy these? I plan to buy two more.
April 1, 2014