Skylights vs. Sun Tubes

Skylights vs. Sun tubes

As a homeowner, you may be looking for ways to bring more natural light into your home. Skylights and sun tubes are two popular options for achieving this, but they each have their own pros and cons. Which one is right for you? 


Skylights are windows that are installed in the roof of a house to let in natural light. They can be fixed or operable, meaning they can be opened to allow fresh air into the home. Skylights come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from rectangular to circular, and can be installed in almost any room of the house.


  1. Natural Light: The primary benefit of skylights is that they bring natural light into your home, which can help reduce your reliance on artificial lighting and create a brighter, more cheerful living space.
  2. Ventilation: If you choose an operable skylight, you can also improve your home’s ventilation by allowing fresh air to circulate through your home.
  3. Aesthetic appeal: Skylights can also enhance the aesthetic appeal of your home by adding a unique architectural feature.


  1. Cost: Skylights can be more expensive than other lighting options, especially if you opt for a larger or more complex design.
  2. Installation: Installing a skylight can be a complex process that requires a professional, and it can also involve cutting a hole in your roof, which can be risky if not done correctly.
  3. Maintenance: Skylights can also be more difficult to maintain than other lighting options, as they are exposed to the elements and can be prone to leaks and other issues.

Sun Tubes

Sun tubes, also known as solar tubes or light pipes, are small, circular tubes that are installed through the roof or walls of a home to bring in natural light. They are typically made of metal or plastic and have a reflective lining that directs sunlight into the home.


  1. Natural Light: Like skylights, sun tubes provide natural light that can help brighten up your living space and reduce your reliance on artificial lighting.
  2. Affordability: Sun tubes are typically more affordable than skylights, making them a good option for homeowners on a budget.
  3. Easy installation: Sun tubes are relatively easy to install and can often be done by a homeowner with intermediate DIY skills.


  1. Limited light: Sun tubes are generally smaller than skylights and provide less light, so they may not be suitable for larger rooms or spaces that require more light.
  2. No ventilation: Unlike skylights, sun tubes do not provide ventilation, so they cannot help improve your home’s air quality.
  3. Aesthetic appeal: While sun tubes can provide natural light, they do not have the same aesthetic appeal as skylights and may not add much to the overall design of your home.

Skylights and sun tubes are both great options for bringing natural light into your home. Skylights provide more light and ventilation, but they can be more expensive and difficult to install and maintain. Sun tubes are more affordable and easy to install, but they provide less light and do not provide ventilation.

Ultimately, the choice between skylights and sun tubes will depend on your budget, the size of the room you want to light up, and your personal preferences.

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