The Solatube Blog

Did you know that by the time a student graduates from high school, she or he has spent 15,600 hours inside a school building? It is perhaps no surprise then, that classroom design has a significant impact on effective learning, as well as children’s health and well-being. Of all of the classroom design options available to improve student performance and health in today’s classrooms, it is access to daylight that has been proven to have the most positive effects.   Why daylight? READ MORE
Want to see how you can design with daylight in spaces that were once considered impossible?  Here are five strategies you can incorporate into your building design to maximize the benefits of daylighting with Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs). Check out these amazing projects where architects have used Solatube Daylighting Systems with brilliant results. READ MORE
Want to stay put? Here's how Solatube can help. As we age, a home that we have lived comfortably in for many years can become difficult to navigate. There’s a lot to think about when improving your home to create a safe environment that you can grow old in. READ MORE
Inspiration can come from the most unlikely places. We are all constantly surrounded by creative design. Whether it’s via the route you take to work each day, the designs you review as a creative team or the places you head to outside of the office, there is never a lack of creative inspiration. One of the best kept secrets in design is utilizing daylight in creative ways in our environments. READ MORE
Summer has plenty of pleasures to enjoy–but those sweltering dog days? Not so much. Get comfortable (without sending your electric bill soaring) with cool ventilation solutions for your home. READ MORE
Looking for home improvement ideas? Most homeowners with an eye to sprucing things up often forget one important question: how bright is your home? A well-lit space makes all the difference when it comes to creating a cheerful and beautiful home. And brightness is not just about changing the kind of light bulbs you use — you need to look at the big picture. Here are a few ways to shed a little light on the subject. READ MORE
Do you remember when you were a child, and you’d look out the window, yearning for recess to start so that you could play outdoors under the sun’s natural light? Well…as working adults, most of us experience the same feeling. Nobody likes being stuck in a dull, dark office setting. But can natural light actually help us be healthier? The answer is a resounding yes! READ MORE
The evidence of the power of the sun is everywhere. It keeps our solar system together, provides warmth for all living things to grow and gives us beautiful light to see the wonders of the earth.  Without it we would not exist. READ MORE
Natural Light Found to Help Kill Bacteria Indoors. A recent health article on NPR’s site, entitled “Grandma Was Right: Sunshine Helps Kill Germs Indoors,” discusses a research study conducted by the University of Oregon to evaluate sunlight’s impact on dust and germs in an indoor space. According to the research, published in the journal Microbiome, “Rooms exposed to daylight have fewer germs. In fact, the study showed that the lit rooms had about half the viable bacteria (those that are able... READ MORE
In the workplace, there are a lot of things that are provided as perks. But the one that bubbles to the top might not be what you’d expect. A recent Business Insider article cited a Future Workplace study for the Harvard Business Review that identifies natural light in the workplace as a major benefit for employees. In fact, the survey of 1,614 North American employees “found that ‘access to natural light and views of the outdoors’ was the most popular perk of all, beating out other things like... READ MORE