How to Clean Your Skylights: Do’s and Don’ts

Cleaning Your Skylights Before and After Installation
Before Installation:
  1. On the ground, un-box the skylight and remove the labels from the glass.
  2. Clean the glass with mild soap and water.
  3. Put skylight back in box to move it onto the roof.
After Installation:
  1. As needed, about once a year, clean the skylight with mild soap and water.
  2. Sweep away any built-up debris around the flashing.

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Do Not
  1. Do not clean the skylight glass when it is in direct sunlight or on a hot day. Streaks and splotches will be left on the glass and you could be burned.
  2. Do not use ammonia to clean the skylight; it can damage the coating on the glass.
  3. Do not leave labels on the glass; they will become cemented on by the sun.
  4. Do not use a blade or anything abrasive to scrape off old labels or other debris; this could chip the coating on the glass.
If you are unable to get on your roof to clean your skylights,
you can call or email us to schedule a service appointment.
707-527-5330

Celebrating Independence Day

Happy 4th of July

From: A Nation’s Strength
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1904)

…Not gold but only men can make
A people great and strong;
Men who for truth and honor’s sake
Stand fast and suffer long.

Brave men who work while others sleep,
Who dare while others fly…
They build a nation’s pillars deep
And lift them to the sky.

In observance of Fourth of July, our office will be closed on Monday, July 4, 2016.

We will resume our regular hours on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. 

Upgrade Your Home with Clean Energy Financing

Save money and increase your property value with energy efficient upgrades, financed by your local PACE Program.

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PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) Programs provide financing for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water efficiency improvements for homeowners. Many counties in California have at least one program, and some have two. You can visit the program websites to see if your home is eligible for financing.

Program Perks:

  • Loans are not based on credit scores
  • No application fee
  • Apply Online
  • Pay back through property taxes
  • If you sell your home, the loan may be able to transfer to the new owner
  • Minimum project size is $5,000, with no maximum

VELUX SUN TUNNELs, VELUX Skylights, and SunRise Solar Attic Fans fall under the energy efficiency improvement category, so the installation of these products is eligible for financing through your city’s program.

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We Remember

Memorial Day

 

We remember those who have served, this Memorial Day.

“We who are left, how shall we look again

Happily on the sun or feel the rain

Without remembering how they who went

Ungrudgingly and spent

Their lives for us loved, too, the sun and rain?”

~Wilfrid Wilson Gibson

The Naturalight Solar office will be closed Friday, May 27 through

Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.

Happy Mother’s Day

Mother’s love is deeper than ocean,
Mother’s lesson is bigger than the sky,
Mother’s lap is more comfortable than the warm bed,
Mother’s tale is better than the best novel on this earth,
Mother’s picture is more beautiful than a fascinating scenery,
Mother’s blessings are more powerful than the thousands of seas,
Mother’s shade is cooler than the shade of heavy laden trees,
Mother’s light is brighter than the sun…

~ Unknown

Kitchen Velux Sun Tunnels

 

Return some of that bright light to mom this Mother’s Day with the gift of a VELUX SUN TUNNEL. Bring refreshing daylight into any dark room so mom doesn’t need to turn on the lights to read a book, work on a project, or watch you make her dinner in the kitchen.

Celebrate Spring with Free Sunlight

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“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!'”
~Robin Williams

Feel Good This Spring

(and all year round)
When the sun starts shining, and the weather warms up, we start getting that spring cleaning itch.
Open the windows! Air out the rooms! Let in the sun!
There are reasons we are in a better mood when the sun is shining:
Moderate Sunlight is critical for our health and well being.
Sunlight helps us:
  • Create vitamin D, which helps up process and absorb some vitamins and minerals
  • Regulate our waking and sleeping patterns
  • Help regulate blood pressure and glucose levels
  • Think more clearly

There’s and easy way to bring more sunlight into your home all year round.

 

 

 

The VELUX SUN TUNNEL is the economical way to get full spectrum light into your home.

Each tube installs in about 2 hours.

Full spectrum light your home can:

  • Help to keep your eyes healthy
  • Provide safer, well lit rooms
  • Show the true colors of furniture and paintings (without fading them)
  • Improve your mood
  • Improve your mental clarity

Take a look at these before and after photos of this windowless hall:

 

 

 No more turning on yellow tinted lights. Get healthy, full spectrum light without using electricity during the day.

Call us today to find out more about bringing daylight into your home:

707.527.5330

Bright New Accessories

The new year has brought stylish and practical new accessories for your home. These new accessories for VELUX SUN TUNNEL skylights allow you to have the quality of light you want, when you want it.

Decorative Diffuser

Decorative-diffuser

This ceiling level decorative diffuser for VELUX SUN TUNNEL skylights adds style to any decor. It is available in Brushed Nickel, Polished Brass, Oil Rubbed Bronze, or White.

Daylight Controller

ZTK KES daylight controller

This product is electric, connected to a wall switch, and allows users to control the amount of daylight that enters a room. It is perfect for spaces such as bedrooms or entertainment rooms that might need darkening for sleeping or watching a show. It also allows the flexibility of partially dimming.

Manual Blackout Shade

ZTK blackout

The manual blackout shade installs in minutes and uses magnets and a rod, making it simple to operate. This product completely blocks out the light for sleeping or watching TV.

Diffuser Discs

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There are now three options of Diffuser Discs. The standard Frosted Diffuser, the Prismatic Diffuser, and the New Fresnel Diffuser. The Fresnel Diffuser has concentric honeycomb parabolic prisms to maximize light diffusion.

Energy Kit and Quad Diffuser

The Energy Kit (pictured) and Quad Diffuser increase the energy efficiency of VELUX SUN TUNNEL Skylights and ensures they are ENERGY STAR® qualified. The Energy Kit is made up of a thermal plate and diffusing disc. The thermal plate converts a dual diffuser system to a Quad Diffuser system, while the diffusing disc reduces the solar heat gain and increases light diffusion.

Call 707.527.5330 to find out more about getting an accessory with your VELUX SUN TUNNEL.

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What are VELUX SUN TUNNEL Skylights?

A VELUX SUN TUNNEL Skylight is a device that delivers sunlight from the roof into a room that is otherwise dark or under-lit from lack of windows, windows that face a northerly direction, or are shadowed by trees or other buildings. VELUX SUN TUNNEL Skylights make it possible to light these dark spaces during the day without using electricity.

 

The Dome:
Installed on the roof, the VELUX SUN TUNNEL dome is made of durable acrylic. It is designed to collect as much light as possible from the sky and transmit it into the tube. The dome is fastened to the flashing with metal screws to withstand the elements.


The Flashing:

The VELUX SUN TUNNEL comes with a seamless, one-piece metal flashing for a waterproof roof seal.


The Tube:
The VELUX SUN TUNNEL Rigid Tube is made of highly reflective silver coated aluminum; it is 98% reflective. The tube can be installed straight down from roof to ceiling, or, by using adjustable elbow sections, it can be angled to accommodate obstacles or to place the dome in the most effective location on the roof and still reach the desired location in the room. The tubes can extend as long as 20 feet from the roof the the ceiling.


The Diffuser:
The diffuser and trim ring assembly is installed in the ceiling and can accommodate either a flat or cathedral ceiling of any material. The diffuser is a disc made of dual glazed acrylic that retains heat inside your home in winter and keeps heat out in summer. It comes in three styles: Frosted (standard), Fresnel, or Prismatic. There is also the option of the Decorative Diffuser, which looks much like a dome light fixture.


Optional Light Kit: The addition of an electric light kit allows VELUX SUN TUNNEL Skylights to be installed in place of an existing electric light for night time use.

For more detailed information and answers to common questions, check out our Guide to Tubular Daylighting Devices.

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