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After we designed our original residential daylighting system, we realized it had great potential for commercial applications like corridors, storage rooms and small offices. The Solatube Brighten Up Series is a line of tubular daylighting devices that features Raybender Technology, a patented optical innovation built into our rooftop domes. With it, our systems effectively capture the sun’s rays at the roof level, then transfer them indoors through our highly reflective Spectralight Infinity Tubing. They can be used individually or in multiple configurations to attain predictable lighting results in interior areas. They also can be used to create specific architectural effects like wall washes and soffit lighting. The Brighten Up Series is a brilliant solution for medium spaces with ceiling heights up to 10 ft. 

 


Architectural and environmental integration

We believe everyone has a right to experience the benefits of natural daylight. But capturing and transmitting the sun’s rays indoors does have its difficulties. Shifting light patterns, solar heat gain, and glare are typical commercial daylighting concerns that can have a negative impact on building occupants. Fortunately, the use of progressive engineering and advanced technologies in our Solatube Daylighting Systems enables them to overcome these challenges. As a result, they provide highly predictable light output, design flexibility, and peace of mind while allowing you to meet your architectural and environmental objectives. Read below to learn more.

 

Optical controllability

The Brighten Up Series selectively redirects, reflects and delivers the visible spectrum of daylight to interior spaces. At the same time, it filters out infrared wavelengths to reduce daytime cooling loads, minimizing costs associated with air conditioning units. It also prevents ultraviolet light from entering the building, which can damage interiors and fade furniture and fabrics. Using selective optics, our commercial daylighting systems can even maximize capture of low-angle rays of light from the sky’s horizon and reject overpowering, high-angle rays of light from the noontime, summer sun for optimal and controlled annual daylighting performance with minimal glare and a consistent light distribution pattern. The result is a robust system that optimizes daylight delivery for superior comfort and light control.

 

Superior transmission

Along with delivering the highest quality daylight possible, Solatube Daylighting Systems produce minimal color / spectral shift of light. Known as high Color Temperature Maintenance (CTM), this characteristic ensures consistent color temperature throughput in the daylight delivered through the system and stable color rendition of interior surfaces across the visible light spectrum over the course of the year. Our systems also boast unrivaled Light Transfer Efficiency (LTE). This means they minimize seasona variations and deliver maximum light throughput for greater output and enhanced multi-story daylight delivery. In short, Solatube Daylighting Systems are the pinnacle of light output, color consistency and quality of light delivery.

Extraordinary adaptability

A building’s use can change over its lifetime. That’s why Solatube Daylighting Systems are designed for adaptability. When a building is reconfigured or modified, our tubular daylighting devices can change along with it. Fixtures can be swapped out and new Effect Lenses or lighting controls can be added or removed to customize a space. Or, if a renovation demands it, the tubing can be easily rerouted to a new location. With such extraordinary adaptability, Solatube Daylighting Systems can be adjusted to conform to your building needs now as well as those in the future.

Performance predictability

When using sunlight for 
commercial lighting design 
applications, you want your 
daylighting solution to
perform as planned.
Solatube Daylighting Systems 
feature patented optical technologies
that deliver extremely consistent daylighting, hour by hour and season by season. A Solatube Daylighting Expert can even provide you with IES Photometry and tools to assist you in your design process. Whatever your building type or need, we have the tools that let you customize your solution to achieve your aesthetic goals.

Affordable sustainability

Solatube products are engineered to reduce environmental impact while providing energy-efficient lighting that nurtures building occupants. By utilizing sustainable natural daylight, 
our systems eliminate the need for electric lights 
during the day as well as the utility needed to 
generate that power. This minimizes a 
building’s carbon footprint by reducing 
environmental CO2 emissions.

From a financial perspective, Solatube 
Daylighting Systems make sense 
because they are cost-effective and
reduce maintenance costs associated
with electric lighting. In fact, they often
have lower installation costs than other
fenestration products. The end result is high-
performance, eco-friendly commercial lighting at a price that fits your budget. 
 

Effortless attainability

Getting a Solatube Daylighting System is effortless because we have distributors all around the globe that are factory trained in all aspects of the product, from initial design through final installation. You can find a Solatube Daylighting Expert in your area using the “locator” tool at the top or bottom of this page.

Engineered reliability

We engineer our tubular daylighting devices for reliability with leakproof flashings and curb caps, self-cleaning domes and UV / IR screening. The result is a commercial daylighting solution that withstands inclement weather, requires little to no maintenance, and delivers bright, beautiful daylight to occupants for years to come, giving you ultimate peace of mind.

Occupant productivity

When sunlight is allowed to enter a building through Solatube Daylighting Systems, the people occupying it tend to be happier, healthier and more productive. Research has shown that daylighting improves productivity, increases employee retention, reduces absenteeism, and improves students test scores. We believe everyone deserves to experience the benefits that bright, beautiful natural lighting has to offer. The sustainable lighting design of our commercial daylighting products enhances occupants’ functionality so they can work and live at the highest levels.

 

 

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Product Selection Guide

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Since buildings come in different sizes, so do our daylighting systems. The Brighten Up Series has two models for different lighting needs:

160 DS

The Solatube 160 DS is ideal for small spaces like corridors, restrooms and storage areas. It can be utilized with hard, suspended or open ceilings. A great solution for small areas with ceiling heights under 10 ft or where structural issues or aesthetic goals may limit the use of larger diameter tubes. Includes Spectralight Infinity 0-30 degree angle adapters at roof and ceiling level.

• Tube size ≈ 10 in. (250 mm)
• Potential tube length ≈ 20 ft. (6 m)


Applications

• Small offices
• Corridors
• Storage rooms
• Restrooms

Since buildings come in different sizes, so do our daylighting systems. The Brighten Up Series has two models for different lighting needs:

290 DS

The Solatube 290 DS provides more light than a 160 DS and, in addition to lighting corridors, restrooms and small storage areas, it can be used with hard, suspended or open ceilings. A great solution for  small areas with ceiling heights under 10 ft or where structural issues or aesthetic goals may limit the use of larger diameter tubes. Includes Spectralight Infinity 0-30 degree angle adapters at roof and ceiling level.

• Tube size ≈ 14 in. (350 mm)
• Potential tube length ≈ 30 ft. (9 m)


Applications

• Small offices
• Corridors
• Storage rooms
• Restrooms

Roof Mount Options

Regardless of the particular roof type or deck material you use, Solatube products have a roof mount option designed to meet your needs and ensure leakproof installation.

No Pitch Flashing

Designed for flat and low-slope roofs with pitches of 3:12 or less. Seamless, one-piece steel construction prevents leaks by eliminating weak points that may separate  and allow water to enter.

• Available in 4 in. (100 mm) or 6 in. (150 mm) heights
• Use 6 in. (150 mm) for areas prone to heavy snow loads

• 160 DS / 160 DSe
• 290 DS / 290 DSe

Roof Mount Options

Regardless of the particular roof type or deck material you use, Solatube products have a roof mount option designed to meet your needs and ensure leakproof installation.

Pitched Flashing

Designed for roofs with a slope of  4:12 and steeper. Seamless, one-piece steel construction prevents leaks by eliminating weak points that may separate  and allow water to enter.

• 160 DS / 160 DSe
• 290 DS / 290 DSe

Roof Mount Options

Regardless of the particular roof type or deck material you use, Solatube products have a roof mount option designed to meet your needs and ensure leakproof installation.

Universal Tile Flashing

• Seamless, one-piece steel construction prevents leaks by eliminating weak points that may separate  and allow water to enter
• Malleable corrugated aluminum counterflashing can be formed to virtually any Spanish tile or flat tile roof profile and painted to match
• Pitched or no pitch models are available

• 160 DS / 160 DSe
• 290 DS / 290 DSe

Roof Mount Options

Regardless of the particular roof type or deck material you use, Solatube products have a roof mount option designed to meet your needs and ensure leakproof installation.

Curb Mounted Cap Flashing

• Designed for use on all roof curbs for all roof types
• For use with pre-built wood or fabricated metal curb built by others
• Designed with a 4 in. counterflash to accommodate insulation needs
• Cap covers roofing material lapped over top of curb, leaving no exposed edges

• 290 DS / 290 DSe

Ventilation Add-on Kit

A Ventilation Add-on Kit combines daylighting and ventilation into one attractive fixture ideal for areas like single occupancy restrooms or high humidity areas, the streamlined design also leaves the ceiling looking orderly and uncluttered. The exhaust duct separates above the ceiling plane so there is no air exhaused through the reflective tubing. Exhaust ducting and roof vent cap sold separately.

• 160 DS / DSe

The optional Light Add-On Kit easily attaches to the inside of the system’s tubing to provide lighting for nighttime use. The Solatube Daylighting System can even be placed where an existing fixture is to avoid unnecessary ceiling clutter. A smart solution for corridors and restrooms or any space that gets used after dark.

Compact Fluorescent Light Add-On Kit

This kit works with a dedicated compact fluorescent lamp only and complies with California Title 24 requirements. For the 160 DS, the light fixture houses one 26-watt, 4-pin compact fluorescent lamp. For the 290 DS, up to two fixtures may be installed.

Universal Light Add-On Kit

This kit works with either compact fluorescent or incandescent bulbs with a medium screw-in base. For the 160 DS, the light fixture holds one 23-watt maximum compact fluorescent bulb or a 100-watt maximum incandescent bulb. The 290 DS light fixture is double-headed and holds two bulbs.

• 160 DS / 160 DSe
• 290 DS / 290 DSe

Daylight Dimmer

At times, it may be necessary to reduce the amount of daylight in a space—during a presentation, for instance. The optional Daylight Dimmer uses a patented butterfly baffle design to ensure even light distribution in any position. A convenient wall-mounted switch (sold separately) allows for simple and easy adjustments to room daylight levels anywhere from 2% to 100%.

• 160 DS / DSe
•  290 DS / DSe

Spectralight® Infinity Extension Tube

Extension tubes can be added in increments of 24 in. (600 mm) to extend tube runs to the desired length without sacrificing performance. Our unique telescoping tubing system allows for easy adjustment in the field so tubing rarely has to be cut. Spectralight Infinity Tubing has the highest reflectivity in the world making it possible to create extensive tube runs of up to 20 ft. (6 m) for the Solatube 160 DS and up to 30 ft. (9 m) for the Solatube 290 DS.

• 160 DS / DSe
•  290 DS / DSe

Spectralight® Infinity 0-90 Degree Angle Adapter

Provides superior performance that flexible tubes can’t match. An innovative design with three built-in 0-30 degree angle adapters allows you to create a full 90 degree turn, Gives the flexibility to install around obstacles and bring daylight deep into the interior of lower floors. Due to the high reflectivity of Spectralight Infinity Tubing, there is only a 5% light loss for each full 90 degree turn. Available in 23 in. (580 mm) length.

• 160 DS / DSe
•  290 DS / DSe

Flashing Insulator

This insulating material helps to improve thermal performance and reduce condensation between the tubing and flashing in cold climates when the insulator is affixed to the flashing base prior to installation and hugs the top tube as it slips through the opening int he roof deck providing a seal between the interior and metal flashing.

• 160 DS / DSe
•  290 DS / DSe

Flashing Turret Extensions

Use to raise the height of the Solatube dome on a roof to avoid snow, water, or shading. Order additional Spectralight® Infinity Tubing to accommodate turret height. Available in 2 in. (50 mm), 4 in. (100 mm), 12 in. (300 mm), 24 in. (600 mm), 36 in. (900 mm) and 48 in. (1200 mm) sizes.

*It is recommended that you order a 0-90 degree Angle Adapter if you are using a turret extension of 12 in. or higher.

• 160 DS / DSe
•  290 DS / DSe

Dome Edge Protection Band

Made of aluminized steel, this optional component installs onto the dome ring and is designed for use on Class A, B or C roofs to maintain fire rating. 

• 160 DS / DSe
•  290 DS / DSe

Shock Inner Dome

Meets High Velocity Hurricane Zone requirements for Coastal Florida and other hurricane prone areas. This high impact-resistant inner dome can also be added to any installation for extra protection from extreme forces.

• 160 DS / DSe
•  290 DS / DSe

Daylight Dimmer Switch

The Daylight Dimmer Switch includes a Double-Pole, Double-Throw (DPDT) switch, wall plate and 30 ft (9 m) of 4-way conductor cable to connect the switch to the Daylight Dimmer. One switch can control up to ten Daylight Dimmers simultaneously. (Additional 2-way conductor cable required for subsequent dimmers.)

• 160 DS
• 290 DS

Roof Vent Cap

The Roof Vent Cap is designed for use with the Ventilation Add-On Kit (sold separately). It comes with a gravity damper to prevent back flow and is a necessity if no current vent exists. 

• 160 DS / DSe


* Ventilation Add-On Kit sold separately

Curb Cap Insulation Kit

This R6 rigid, 1 in. thermal insulation is sealed and taped to the underside of the curb cap to provide a thermal barrier between the curb cap and curb cavity. It helps to improve thermal performance and mitigate condensation within the curb cavity, specifically at the underside of the curb cap.

• 290 DS / DSe

Metal Roof Installation Kit

Allows any of our self-flashings to be modified in the field for installation on a standing seam metal roof.

  • 330 DS-O
  • 330 DS-C
  • 750 DS-O
  • 750 DS-C