The old adage of measure twice cut once really applies for installing solar on a customers home. Not all solar installations are solar pv panels or even solar hot water systems. ( I will show you how one of these goes in a later article- I promise..) There are also solar light tubes, which are a completely passive device ( requires no power source) that can provide terrific light during the day to parts of the house that are away from the main windows and where you would need to turn on a light to use the area.
Basically the solar light tube is a just that a tube. There are various arrangements available at the entrance to the tube to angle or maximize the light that is reflected down into the house but in the end it is a light tube. On the other end where the light comes into the house you may choose a model with a cover. Sometimes the light can be so bright that you need sunglasses, so be aware of this.
If you are considering starting a company to install solar systems you should think about adding solar light tubes to your product offerings. You have to be on the roof anyway for the solar system so why not make some profit on a few light tubes right? I would recommend if you are considering a solar light tube or adding them to your product offerings that you choose a manufacturer that has a range of product designs, a good warranty and quality rating and is reasonable priced.
I would love to hear your experience of installing a solar light tube ( especially what not to do) or any other questions or comments you may have. I am always open to suggestions.