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Some of the new products we have been experimenting with and having good results are Solar Tube or Solar Pipe Lighting. These small bubbles of light can add natural lighting to many spaces in your home or building and reduce energy consumption.

We are in the processing of using a row of tube lights down a hallway in an assisted living Performing Arts Center. The hallway is wide and leads to the restroom facilities and carries the light down the hallway. Even if there is a power outage there is still enough light for safety of movement and we could widen the hall pathway to allow for walkers and wheel chair traffic.

We wish someone would design a lens that would track the light so that at night the center hallway would add light from the street lamps and surrounding sources also.

Here are two examples from the companies and lots of pictures:

NW Bright Ideas
Mono Draught

I am experimenting with this idea at my residence. We have been using exterior blinds for a large number of years to allow air flow and reduce the sun’s heat and UV damage to flooring and furniture. These really turn down the heat and cut air conditioning needs. Many of the blinds are see through and do not inhibit the view.

At my passive solar house, we used sailboat sail cover cloth to make our own blinds for our west facing row of living room windows and the green house.

I am working on designing the same type of exterior covering for my current west facing skylights which open to let the heat out of the house and yet still cut the sun’s all day journey through the upper rooms of the house.

Here are some of the recommendations on line:

Skylight exterior blinds
Veralux Skylight Sunscreens

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Tue, March 31 2009 » Products

3 Responses

  1. Richard Prechtel May 21 2009 @ 7:37 am

    Do you have exterior sunscreen roll up blinds?
    Use would be for exterior screened in porch. Panel size 41 1/2″ X 58 1/2″ Please call me at 336 446 1273

  2. Tom May 22 2009 @ 3:41 pm

    Richard Prechtel,
    Thank you for coming by the site and making a comment.
    We do not make blinds, we are an information resource for products that have to do with building design and communication about those products.
    I put up on the site link connections to companies that make those products. If you were to click on the hyperlinks (blue) in the post they would give you a phone number or contact reference get an answer to your question.

    Toms last blog post..Learning More About Green Roofs

  3. michael@sail-cover.com August 19 2011 @ 3:15 am

    To keep things cool under the shade I use a marine fabric called WeatherMAX. I do not sell the product but I use it for my clients. It keeps things much cooler than Sunbrella for example.
    michael@sail-cover.com´s last blog post ..Tempotest by Para Care and Maintenance – Part 2 Protection

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