When most people think of adding a skylight to their room, they focus on the end of the skylight they can see – the ceiling fixture where the light comes in. While the interior portion of the skylight certainly plays an important role, the real story begins up on the roof, where sunlight is gathered.
With a traditional skylight, sunlight comes in via a flat surface – a surface designed to pick up sunlight in restricted angles and positions in the sky. Basic domed skylights are a step up, capturing sunlight from broader angles throughout the day. But nothing can compare to the advanced dome technology used by the Solatube® Daylighting System.
Solatube® uses a patented dome lens called the Raybender® 3000, designed to capture maximum sunlight even when the sun is low in the sky. That means Solatube® skylights can provide more light for longer periods of time all year long – even during the lower-light months of winter when the sun hangs especially low.
How does it work? The Raybender® 3000 uses a special built-in LightTracker™ reflector system that enables the dome to collect sunlight from all angles for more consistent lighting throughout the day. The LightTracker™ actually increases the amount of light that comes in to the dome so it can maximize the light that makes it into your space, and the unique angling means the system can deliver outstanding performance every month of the year.
But that's not all the dome can do: Solatube® knows a top-quality skylight isn't just about the amount of light that comes in – it's also about the quality of the light that comes out of the tube and into your room. That's why the Solatube’s designers took the extra step to make sure the Raybender 3000® avoids harsh glare by rejecting overpowering midday sun, modifying it and tempering it so all you notice is clear, gentle lighting for the most pleasing visual effects and purest colours.
Plus, the dome's uniquely engineered materials block nearly all UV wavelengths and a significant amount of infrared wavelengths, which means you don't have to worry about the damage UV rays can do to carpets, upholstery and other furnishings and building materials, and you don't have to worry about “hot spots” either.
So what does all this mean to you? It's simple: Solatube’s patented Raybender 3000® dome design lets you experience more consistent, reliable interior lighting – and enjoy the natural light of the sun – every season of the year.