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Whether it’s a cave six metres below the ground, an underground zoo enclosure or a light-compromised industrial space, technology now allows for the insertion of daylighting solutions that can remove the need for electrical lighting in most instances. 

The innovative technology represents a leap in terms of design solutions for a huge range of spaces, and it can be used to create anything from an artistic luminous display to providing enough light to fish in an indoor tank.

“Tubular daylighting technology is a way of bringing light over long distances into areas where windows or skylights aren’t an option,” Hometech’s Tracy Neilson says. “Our Solatube tubular daylighting technology is an eco-friendly and affordable solution to illuminate dark spaces and either significantly reduce or remove the need for electricity.”

In Kostolac, Eastern Serbia an underground archaeological park has opened to the public. Its located six metres underground, allowing visitors to step into the earth and see exposed skeletons of female mammoth and her four young relatives.

“In order to open the underground tourist destination, lighting was required that didn’t introduce damaging UV rays for the skeletons,” Tracy says.

Whether it’s a cave six metres below the ground, an underground zoo enclosure or a light-compromised industrial space, technology now allows for the insertion of daylighting solutions that can remove the need for electrical lighting in most instances. 

The innovative technology represents a leap in terms of design solutions for a huge range of spaces, and it can be used to create anything from an artistic luminous display to providing enough light to fish in an indoor tank.

“Tubular daylighting technology is a way of bringing light over long distances into areas where windows or skylights aren’t an option,” Hometech’s Tracy Neilson says. “Our Solatube tubular daylighting technology is an eco-friendly and affordable solution to illuminate dark spaces and either significantly reduce or remove the need for electricity.”

In Kostolac, Eastern Serbia an underground archaeological park has opened to the public. Its located six metres underground, allowing visitors to step into the earth and see exposed skeletons of female mammoth and her four young relatives.

“In order to open the underground tourist destination, lighting was required that didn’t introduce damaging UV rays for the skeletons,” Tracy says.

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Solatube tubular daylighting systems were specified as the best option to protect the delicate million-year-old skeletons of the extinct species while simultaneously providing extensive natural light.

Similarly in the Schonbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria, Solatube tubular daylighting products were able to remove the need for electrical lighting completely during daylight hours. Here, an underground polar bear retreat consists of rooms, cages and visitor tunnels, which were purposely built underground to allow for maximum space for the bears to roam above ground. “Now, when keepers go into the cages and tunnels during the day they need no electrical light.”

Tubular daylighting systems work by capturing daylight from the exterior of a space and delivering it, via a tubular installation, into the desired location. “Solatube tubular systems have extremely high light transfer efficiency levels, which is achieved by the high reflectance of the tubular material,” Tracy says.

Solatube tubular daylighting systems were specified as the best option to protect the delicate million-year-old skeletons of the extinct species while simultaneously providing extensive natural light.

Similarly in the Schonbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria, Solatube tubular daylighting products were able to remove the need for electrical lighting completely during daylight hours. Here, an underground polar bear retreat consists of rooms, cages and visitor tunnels, which were purposely built underground to allow for maximum space for the bears to roam above ground. “Now, when keepers go into the cages and tunnels during the day they need no electrical light.”

Tubular daylighting systems work by capturing daylight from the exterior of a space and delivering it, via a tubular installation, into the desired location. “Solatube tubular systems have extremely high light transfer efficiency levels, which is achieved by the high reflectance of the tubular material,” Tracy says.

Part of the appeal of Solatube tubular daylighting solutions is their ability to block ultraviolet and infrared rays from entering the space. “Solatube outer domes are built with UV inhibitors that block these rays.”

In terms of scope of application, Tracy says tubular daylighting is being used widely in higher density residential developments, as well as in offices, commercial and industrial spaces and in a host of innovative settings around the world.

“One that stands out is a client’s desire to keep fish in a dimly lit indoor setting,” Tracy says. “Instead of using artificial light, tubular daylighting was specified. Exposure to natural light is beneficial for living organisms and by using Solatube as a solution, the aquatic environment was able to receive the full spectrum of natural light.”

Part of the appeal of Solatube tubular daylighting solutions is their ability to block ultraviolet and infrared rays from entering the space. “Solatube outer domes are built with UV inhibitors that block these rays.”

In terms of scope of application, Tracy says tubular daylighting is being used widely in higher density residential developments, as well as in offices, commercial and industrial spaces and in a host of innovative settings around the world.

“One that stands out is a client’s desire to keep fish in a dimly lit indoor setting,” Tracy says. “Instead of using artificial light, tubular daylighting was specified. Exposure to natural light is beneficial for living organisms and by using Solatube as a solution, the aquatic environment was able to receive the full spectrum of natural light.”

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Reducing the need for electricity use and lighting dark spaces naturally is a powerful combination. It’s one Tracy says is becoming more and more popular in the design world as people search for sustainable options.

Hometech has specialised in tubular daylighting in New Zealand since 1992 and is a specialist in the area, with a large network of accredited installers around the country who are experts in the installation and design requirements of Solatube products.

If you’re after some inspiration, make sure you visit Hometech on ArchiPro here to see how you can reduce your electricity loads and bring daylight inside or underground.

Reducing the need for electricity use and lighting dark spaces naturally is a powerful combination. It’s one Tracy says is becoming more and more popular in the design world as people search for sustainable options.

Hometech has specialised in tubular daylighting in New Zealand since 1992 and is a specialist in the area, with a large network of accredited installers around the country who are experts in the installation and design requirements of Solatube products.

If you’re after some inspiration, make sure you visit Hometech on ArchiPro here to see how you can reduce your electricity loads and bring daylight inside or underground.

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