The Early Years
The roots of Solatube International, Inc., originator of the tubular skylight, have beginnings dating back to the 1980s and an Australian inventor. Working alone, the inventor struggles to bring his “brain child” to life. His innovative concept will change the way the world thinks about skylights.
The system will be simple to install without structural modifications, providing exceptional natural lighting to interior spaces. In 1986, a patent is sought.
Four years later, Solatube Limited is established with a group of Sydney-based entrepreneurs, providing the marketing and manufacturing expertise necessary to launch the revolutionary product.
The first Solatube product is sold in 1991 and sales that first year make the “light catcher” the best-selling skylight in Australia.
Armed with this phenomenal success, the founders decide to bring the skylight to the North American market. In 1992, Solatube North America establishes an office in Carlsbad, Calif.
Solatube North America launches the “Miracle Skylight” in 10 inch and 14 inch units to the market, as well as accessories like the integrated electric light and ventilation kits that further enhance the functionality of the skylights.
The product quickly earns the attention of thousands of media across the U.S. and Canada, from the Wall Street Journal to Home & Garden Television (HGTV).
Growing The Company
As global opportunities escalate, the company is restructured and Solatube International, Inc., is created to manage worldwide operations.
Solatube International moves into a new headquarters in Vista, Calif., in 1999, which allows the company to further grow its operations and explore new technology.
The expansion plans are successful as Solatube International launches a series of new product innovations.
Solatube launches its Brighten Up® Series, designed for superior performance from a compact design. The series is ideal for smaller spaces in homes and businesses, such as bathrooms, hallways, walk-in closets, laundry rooms or kitchens.
Next, the company introduces a patented LITD® (Light Intercepting Transfer Device), Raybender® Technology (enhancing light performance from low-angle light) and factory pre-assembled parts (speeding up installation by as much as 50%.)
Solatube International launches a separate commercial division and the first line of tubular skylights engineered specifically for commercial buildings.
SolaMaster® Series introduces the 21-inch Solatube skylight, featuring a modular design that can accommodate several different ceiling configurations, including suspended ceiling systems, hard ceilings and open warehouse ceilings.
Solatube International introduces the Solar Star® solar-powered attic ventilation fan and Solar Star gable fan. The products complement the Solatube skylight offerings in providing homeowners with affordable, energy efficient products that utilize the power of free sunlight to solve challenges around the home.
Innovation in Daylighting
Solatube International introduces Spectralight® Infinity tubing to the product line. This highly reflective tubing material sets a new standard for the industry by providing unprecedented reflectivity, allowing for optimal lighting performance for low-angle light conditions and on long tube runs.
Solatube International launches an entirely new concept to the tubular skylight category – dimming capability. The patented Solatube Daylight Dimmer™ is developed as an optional feature to provide user-controlled, adjustable daylighting at the flip of a switch.
Solatube International earns the prestigious ENERGY STAR® energy-efficiency rating as well as the rigorous Miami-Dade County approval for high-velocity rain and wind zones.
Solatube International introduces the 0-90 Degree Extension Tube Adaptor, the only one of its kind in the industry, which allows the tubing to be twisted and angled like never before for unprecedented installation versatility - without compromised lighting performance.