Categories: Useful Products

Maximising natural interior lighting

This transparent dome and tube gather ambient outdoor light and transmit it to the interior of a home.

The Solatube, a unique product developed and manufactured in Australia, provides interior lighting using sunlight by day and even helps to light up interiors on moonlit nights. The Solatube consists of a dome of clear acrylic material mounted on the outside of a roof, a transmission tube (straight, or bent as required), and an aluminium-coated
inner surface tube for maximum internal reflection and light transmission. A specially designed universal adaptor angles the tube into the sun.


Solatube maximises natural light, as long as there is sun.

In South Africa, the sun passes in an arc with its highest point in a northerly direction. Should a roof face south, east or west, chances are the room does not receive much light. The Solatube’s tubular system increases the surface area that catches sunlight to maximise the efficiency of the skylight. The joints between the dome, tube and roof are completely waterproof and weatherproof. No structural alteration to the roof is needed and the unit can be fitted in less than an hour. It carries a 10-year guarantee.

Product specs

  • Leak proof and maintenance-free transmission of natural light.
  • Trouble- and maintenance free.
  • No fuel, electricity or running cost.
  • Quick and easy installation reduces installation time, labour and cost.
  • No structural changes to the roof.
  • The aluminium coating of the tube’s inner surface intensifies the transmitted light, even in a long and bent tube.
  • It can be installed in awkward places.
  • Available in kit form for DIY with step-by-step instruction manual.

Available in three sizes diameters for three different-sized areas to be illuminated:
– 250mm, for lighting up to 12m² for bathrooms, toilets and small bedrooms;
– 320mm, for lighting up to 20m² for kitchens, dining rooms, passages and bedrooms;
– 450mm, for lighting up to 30m² for lounges, open plan areas or offices.

It is marketed in South Africa by Solar Solutions in the Southern Cape, among others.

Prices start at about R3 800 incl. VAT.

For more information phone 044 532 7583. Email: glensunc@mweb.co.za. Visit www.solarsolutions.co.za.

Recent Posts

Agri interventions key to Ramaphosa’s economic stimulus package

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that government has reprioritised funding towards an economic stimulus package that would focus on agriculture, among…

17 hours ago

Biosecurity: your first line of defence against disease

Dr Fambies van Biljon, veterinarian at Sovereign Foods, talks to Glenneis Kriel about the crucial need to establish a well-run…

21 hours ago

Local manufacturers seen at Royal Show

Every year, the Royal Show features exhibitors and agricultural equipment quite different from those at Nampo. The Royal Show is…

2 days ago

Free State fires claim first fatality

Fire officials in the Free State expressed hope that the forecast of rain for the weekend could bring some relief…

2 days ago

Making the most of calcium as a soil and plant nutrient

Despite being a vitally important element for optimal crop production, calcium is often largely undervalued by farmers and agronomists. Plant…

3 days ago

Omnia to pay R30 million fine for collusion

Following an almost 15 year legal battle between Omnia Fertilizer and South Africa’s Competition Commission (CompCom), the fertiliser company has…

3 days ago

This website uses cookies.