Sun Tunnels are made to deliver natural light to dark areas of your home, where skylights are impractical (like hallways and darker rooms). David Gorman with RevoluSun explains how they work.
Living808, KHON2 | June 22, 2016
0:00 Trini: We’re back here in the beautiful home of David Gorman and Tracy Morita and their gorgeous daughter McKenzie, and now we’re talking about natural lighting in dark spaces because we all have an area of our home where it’s dark and kind of gloomy, that we wouldn’t mind brightening up. Traci, tell us about that space in this home.
0:22 Traci: Well before we installed them the hallway was definitely dark, even during the day, and the kitchen we’d have to put on the you know fluorescent lights, but now with the skylights there’s no need for that. In addition, there were pictures hanging and if in the day when company would come over, anyone would walk down the hallway you couldn’t see the pictures, now there’s almost like a spotlight you know highlighting the photos, and we make a lot more use of the hallway as a result.
0:45 Trini: I bet. It’s hard to envision because there’s so much natural lighting in the hallway today, because it’s beautiful. So, David tell me what you guys did for the space.
4:50 David: Yeah so, as my wife was saying, it was just a dark spot of the house. There were electric lights where the Sun Tunnels are now. Sun Tunnels are tubular skylights, there’s an acrylic dome up on our roof and then there’s a tube that connects that dome with, you know, kind of what looks like a recess can light fixture and it’s just bringing that sunlight down into the home so that too is highly reflective and does a really good job of grabbing all that light and bringing it in and actually right now it’s actually pretty overcast day and you’ll see it’s pretty bright in here.
1:30 Trini: So does it have to be directly overhead?
1:33 David: It doesn’t. So we can actually install with the tube with two 45 degree elbows so we can bend around things in the Attic we can get to a portion of the roof that’s you know a better spot for for that acrylic dome to be. So it’s very flexible.
1:49 Trini: Okay, let’s talk accessories because you can either leave it like this during the day, but what happens at night?
1:56 David: So this is one of the coolest things, we actually installed an LED light bulb in the tube and so at night when the sun’s gone to bed we can turn the lights on and use that same light fixture at night so it’s really flexible. Another thing you can do is you can get upgraded diffuser lenses so they can actually broadcast the light into to fill a larger space so you can get upgraded diffuser lens as well.
2:23 Trini: Okay, this is huge so you don’t have to have like four holes in your ceiling. You can still use the same area where you have the Sun Tunnel and and that can be your light.
2:30 Trini: Yes they make them in two sizes there’s a 10 inch and a 14-inch the 10-inch is good for about a hundred square feet the 14-inch is good for about 200 square feet.
0:41 Trini: How long does it take to get these Sun Tunnel installed?
2:43 David: About half a day, so we’ll come in the morning will be gone by lunch time, other great spots for them are in closets I gotta, you know, my wife needs a walk in closet so that we can put a Sun Tunnel in it. Bathrooms are another good spot.
2:54 Trini: We all need—all women need walk in closets right?
2:58 David: All she has is a hallway.
3:02 Trini: No this is great. Now if people want to get more information about these Sun Tunnels…
3:05 David: So come to the Innovation Center so we have all of our products on display
3:08we’re open 8:00 to 5:00 Monday through Friday. We have seminars once a month, the third Saturday of every month at 10am, and you can actually come in we have a mock roof, so you don’t have to climb on my roof to see the acrylic dome you see the roof in the Innovation Center and see both sides of it so obviously easy you see that but you can actually see what it looks like up on your roof as well.
3:30 Trini: Okay great. A Sun Tunnel, and David are you ready because little McKenzie here will also need a walk-in closet too
3:35 David: She will, and her big sister Rienne will too.
3:43 Trini: Thank you.