Solar tube lighting at home

Solar tube lighting uses light tubes or light pipes to transport natural incoming light to a specified location in your home. See schematic above.

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Why do people use solar tube lighting?

People use solar tubes for lighting because is provides natural lighting and is a great conversation piece. Also, light bulbs will no longer be needed in the specified room during the day. Minimizing your use of light bulbs helps save you and your family money on electric bills in the future. Additionally, solar tubes block the heat from the sun. Therefore the room your lighting can still remain cool even with solar lighting through a solar tube.

Can solar tube lighting be used in rooms not directly connected to the roof?

Indeed they can. Many people have successfully run solar light tubes through the upstairs walls into the downstairs living room and dining room areas. Thus the dining room and the living room now obtain enough light during the daytime to remove the need of light bulbs. However, running them through the house is quite difficult and costly. It is recommended to start using solar lighting in the rooms on the top floor first.

Solar Tube Lighting Disadvantages.

Solar tubes are expensive ($169-$289) and are difficult to install. A hole is cut in the roof and the solar tube is placed from the roof to the specified room. While the kit on amazon has clear instruction and makes installation easier, this project is more for those with tool at home. 

Nowadays, LED lighting is now extremely cheap and probably solar tube lighting is unnecessary. 

My recommendation

If you are still using incandescent bulbs you really should either purchase and install LED lighting which can save you about $300 per year (based on 30 bulbs), or install natural lighting, which is evidently healthier and makes quite a conversation starter when visitors can't find the light switch.