Tubular Skylights + Dimmers/Shades via /r/DIY


Tubular Skylights + Dimmers/Shades

I'm not really "DIY" on this one, but I had planned on putting in two tubular skylights (or solar tubes as I heard them called) into my kitchen area to add natural light since I was removing a window. As part of the renovations, I also removed a dividing wall to open up my kitchen/dining area/living room into one massive room. The architect had drawn off a 2' square space for these two solar tubes to be installed. I don't know if that means the 10" or 14" models or something else.

The problem is that I want to be able to "turn off" the skylight during the day if I want to watch a movie or whatever. The architect suggested these cool shutter devices that are solar powered (no extra wiring, little maintenance): https://www.amazon.com/ODL-ECL10-Solar-Powered-Dimmer/dp/B0026T61L0

Great, problem solved! Or so I thought. Now that I'm moving forward with the renovations, they're not in stock. I couldn't find them on the ODL manufacturer's web site, but I was able to find them listed on a few third-party skylight manufacturer's sites for ~$250, branded as their own or a different manufacturer's. I couldn't find any alternate solar-powered dimmers. They're also only available in the 10" design (not available to fit at 14" tube).

My other options seem to be:

A) have additional electrical run (ceiling is currently open for other work, so now is the time) and have one of the shutter-type dimmers installed (such as this model: https://www.amazon.com/Natural-Light-Remote-Controlled-Dimmer/dp/B001GPIPXW), or

B) go with the cheap "cover" type which has a small plate that covers the face of the interior fixture. (ie: https://www.menards.com/main/doors-windows-millwork/windows/skylights-roof-windows/kennedy-blockout-shade-for-tubular-skylight/10bo/p-1488180038904.htm)

Does anyone have any experience or advice with any of these, or have a better solution?

Submitted March 31, 2021 at 10:35AM by bloodtalonx
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