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Old 11-10-2013, 08:43 AM   #1
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Hi,

My house is a little dark. I'm thinking of getting free sun light into the middle of my house via the staircase ceiling board. I know there is a commercial service but its really expensive (4 digit). DIY is possible?

Would really appreciate the sifus opnion if its actually doable. The following is only from my thoughts. Never done before!!

Material required

- transparent roof tiles from Monier
- aluminum duct hose [connect from under the roof tiles to the ceiling board]
- transparent ceiling board or glass ??

Proposed steps

- replace conventional with transparent roof tiles
- connect hose to transparent tiles [how to secure?]
- replace ceiling board with glass [is there a better material?? Lighter ??]
- connect the other end of the hose to the glass

Voila !! rclxms.gif The sun shines right through into the staircase area thus illuminating both upstairs and downstairs !!

That is the theory !

Can anyone help me improven on a) material, b) proposed steps?

Thank you so much.

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Old 11-10-2013, 08:48 AM   #2
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Instead of glass you can buy replacement diffusers for trough lights.

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yes, diffuser is a good idea. definitely better than glass. thanks for reminding me. appreciate it !
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Depends on what Monier wants for the Toplight, they may be expensive. I am on the fence at this point, sounds doable though.

1. whats the height from the top of the ceiling to the roof deck.

There is a reason the solartube type products are avail, they work well. That ridgid tubing (not flex) with the highly polished inside surface is the key. If your dealing with a long run of the ducting, then i would opt for the solartube type product. That reflective pipe is going to provide you more light.
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Yes, may be easier to source for a cheaper solartube than to DIY my own! Thanks for highlighting.
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here is certainly an inexpensive way of providing light ....

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-...R-BOTTLE-BULB/
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Ha ha. Certainly cheap but i'm pretty sure my missus won't approve ! Thanks for providing the whole range of possibilities !!

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