About Light Tunnels

Light tunnels

Light tunnels can easily be confused with skylights. Learn the difference and about what light tunnels do to see if they’re right for your home!

What Is A Light Tunnel?

A light tunnel is like a small circular skylight that goes from your roof down into your home. It allows for natural light to enter your house and is great for spaces like closets and hallways.

Light tunnels are small and can be grouped together to look like normal lighting. They add a touch of elegance to your home, and do not typically have options that open to the outside. When purchasing a light tunnel, be sure you choose a quality manufacturer for the best results.

Looking at this cross section you can see how a light tunnel works with your roof!
Looking at this cross section you can see how a light tunnel works with your roof!

How Do They Work?

Light tunnels work similarly to skylights, only instead of essentially a window cut into your roof, there is a small hole to let light in.

There are two main kinds of light tunnels – those with a rigid tube and those with a flexible tube. Both tunnels work similarly and come with flat or domed window options for the top. Flexible tunnels sometimes result in less light so be sure to talk to a contractor about the details.

Add a light tunnel to your home for a touch of natural elegance
Add a light tunnel to your home for a touch of natural elegance

The main function of a light tunnel is to bounce the light that comes through the main aperture down a tube and into your home. They can be installed on a flat or pitched roof, but need to be installed by professionals to make sure there are no leaks or areas for moisture to seep in around the light tunnel in your roof.

A professional can also help you pick the right kind of tubing, and assist with the most important part of installing a light tunnel – placement. Placing your sun tunnels is key to optimizing the light. If you place your tunnels on an area of your roof with poor lighting – it will affect your home!