How to Choose Between a Flexible or Rigid Tube for Your Very Own Light Tunnel

How to Choose Between a Flexible or Rigid Tube for Your Very Own Light Tunnel

For any property, natural lighting is important. This is true for all areas of the property, whether it’s a bedroom, an office or work space, a bathroom, or even just a simple hallway. If you are seeking to bring more light into your interiors, one of the best solutions is a light tunnel, also referred to as a sky tunnel, roof light, sun tube, or tube light.

What exactly is a light tunnel?

First of all, you should know that a light tunnel or sun tube is a specially-designed tube which you can install on your roof to let in more natural light. A light tunnel is usually comprised of a roof dome, which is then connected to a rigid or flexible tube and then down to a display unit in your property’s interior. The display unit serves the purpose of a light diffuser, spreading the natural light from its main source (the sun) so that an entire area can be naturally illuminated.

The sun tunnel works by basically ‘guiding’ the sunlight through the tube into any area in your property which needs the most light. The great aspect about a sun tunnel or light tunnel is that it is relatively easy to install, and it instantly brightens up any space by bringing natural light in. If you install a light tunnel in a particular area, you do not need to turn on electric lights that often, so it saves you money on your electricity bill as well.

How to choose the best sun tunnel – starting with a flexible or rigid tube

If you are doing research on light tunnels, you will find out that there are various choices available to you. But one of the most basic (and important) choices you will have to make with regards to the right sun tunnel is its tubing.

You have two major choices when it comes to light tunnels: those with flexible tubing, and those with rigid tubing. In order to make the right choice, you have to determine several factors, including the available space in the area where you are planning to install the light tunnel, the amount of light you need, and the location of the actual sun tunnel.

What to consider

If you have direct and easy access to the roof where the light tunnel will be installed and there is plenty of available space around the light tunnel, then you can opt for a rigid tube. This is because light tunnels with rigid tubing diffuse more light over great distances, and they also work more efficiently in conditions where there is less natural light.

On the other hand, if your roof access is quite limited or the space for the sun tunnel is awkward (for instance, if there is no direct access to the roof and you have to make a turn or there is a bend), then a light tunnel with flexible tubing may be your best choice. In addition, flexible-tube light tunnels are relatively less expensive than light tunnels with rigid tubing, so if budget is a major consideration, you may want to go for a sun tunnel with a flexible tube. Keep in mind, however, that more light may be lost with a flexible tube due to the tube’s ribbed surface and the amount of ‘bounces’ the light will be subjected to while travelling along the tube.

If you are not quite sure about the right light tunnel for your needs, you can always speak with the experts, such as light tunnel specialists They should be able to provide you with the answers – plus a good service and quick installation, besides.

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