Solar tube in a roof

What Are Solar Tubes Anyway?

People are instinctively drawn towards natural light, which is vital to the promotion of health and wellness in individuals of all ages. While the presence of natural light is a selling feature in most homes, even the most well-designed structure is likely to have one or more areas that could use improvement. Skylights are a popular solution although they are not always practical whether due to size restrictions or cost, but there is an alternative that is more convenient and less expensive: solar tubes.

What Are Solar Tubes?

A solar tube is a circular pipe that comes in a variety of sizes, with the most popular ranging between 10 and 22 inches. The tube runs at a vertical angle that begins on the roof and ends in the ceiling of the home, to allow the light from the outside to filter to the indoors.

The top of the tube is capped off with a clear, plastic dome to protect it from the elements, while the interior portion ends with a diffuser dome that helps to spread the light throughout the living space. The interior portion of the pipe itself has a polished surface or may be lined with a reflective material to maximize the volume of light that is carried into the room. Because of this, a solar tube may provide even more light than a skylight that has a much greater surface area.

Benefits of Solar Tubes

Brighten up your living space with solar tubes, which have a number of significant benefits that include:

Added Value

When it comes time to sell your home buyers will appreciate the availability of natural light throughout the interior, which may also make it appear larger as the light is reflected off the walls rather than being absorbed in the darkness. The addition of warm light will make your home feel warm and inviting and can highlight architectural features that may otherwise go unnoticed.

Energy Savings

By reducing or eliminating your dependence on artificial light during daylight hours, you can save 10 percent or more on your monthly energy bill while doing your part for the environment.

Improved Health and Wellness

Increased exposure to natural light can boost your mental and physical health in the following ways:

  • Reduced eyestrain while reading or working on a computer.
  • Enhanced mood.
  • Increase in concentration and energy.
  • Additional absorption of vitamin D.
  • Overall boost in mood.


Solar tubes can be installed in just about any room or area of the home, including those that lack direct roof access.

Ease of Installation

Professional installation takes no more than a few hours to complete, without the need for additional drywalling, painting, or structural enhancements.

What Are Sun Tubes Used For?

The size of the solar tube will determine the volume and intensity of the light that is carried into the interior space. For smaller areas under 200 square feet, a 10-inch diameter tube will likely suffice and can provide light that is the equivalent of three 100-watt lightbulbs. In larger spaces or windowless rooms, a larger tube or multiple tubes may be used to flood the area with light. Common applications for this technology include:

  • Bathrooms
  • Hallways
  • Kitchens
  • Laundry rooms
  • Pantries
  • Stairwells
  • Storage closets
  • Utility rooms
  • Walk-in closets
  • And more!

The experienced professionals at Mr. Handyman have the knowledge and qualifications needed to perform even the most complex home improvement, maintenance, or repair project. Contact your local Mr. Handyman today to learn more about the benefits of solar tubes or call (877) 256-3376 to schedule an appointment for professional installation.