Skylights are a great way to bring natural light into your home, but they can be expensive and inconvenient. If you have been considering skylights as an option for bringing natural light into your home, then you should consider solar LED lighting instead. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the benefits of Home Solar‘s skylight alternatives as well as the risks and drawbacks associated with traditional skylights.
Skylights can be expensive to install
There is no doubt skylights are a great way to bring natural light into those dark areas of your home. We love how they look and add a burst of sunshine to any room. However, did you know that traditional skylights can cost anywhere between $500 and $2500 to install? This is an expensive addition to your home. Skylights also bring their own risks and drawbacks that may not be worth the investment. Depending on the positioning, skylights can actually let in too much light. This can lead to annoying glare on surfaces and too much UV exposure. Not only can that be inconvenient for you and your family, but it can also cause fading and damage to furniture, carpet, flooring, fabrics and other personal possessions.
Solar LED lighting is more cost-effective.
Solar LED Lighting or low voltage lighting can save you money in many ways. First of all, skylight alternatives are much more cost-effective. While skylights can be expensive to install, low voltage lighting is a breeze and extremely easy to DIY. Another benefit of the Solar LED skylight alternative is that it allows you the freedom to position the lights exactly where you need them most without being restricted by installation locations. Prices will vary on the type of the skylight and the type of work required to install; however, skylights can range from $250 to $1600 per skylight. In addition, the installation costs can range between $500 and $3000 depending on the difficulty of the job and access to your roof etc.
On the other hand, solar skylight alternatives, like low voltage LED lighting, are much more affordable. Our installation costs are based on the number of lights fitted and the ease or difficulty of the job. A general guide – a straightforward installation that is one light only to a single storey house with a pitched roof with easy access will be around $220 incl GST. Additional lights will be charged at $55 each incl GST. This is a much more cost-effective option than a traditional skylight and offers many more benefits.
Benefits of Skylight Alternatives
As well as being more cost-effective, skylight alternatives offer many other benefits. First and foremost is the convenience factor – skylights are restricted by what areas they can be installed in due to possible glare or UV damage. Solar LED lighting has no such restrictions. You have complete freedom with positioning your lights where you need them most without worrying about damaging surfaces, etc. This is very handy when dealing with dark spaces that require natural light and benefit from directed task lighting.
Easy to install
Traditional skylights include the need for professional installation, which can be costly, as well as safety concerns that come from having glass on your roof. Home Solars LED lighting options can easily be installed DIY, and we provide all the instructions for you to do so. Redilight is a low voltage DC system that doesn’t require an electrical contractor to do a standard install. If you think you are capable enough to work inside and on top of your roof, then it’s worth considering installing yourself to save on costs. It is not recommended that you work on a double or multi-storey roof if you don’t have sufficient safety equipment such as a harness and roof ladder. Read this safety checklist first before you grab a ladder and climb up on your roof.
In your Roof
- Be sure your ladder allows for easy entry through the access hatch.
- Use a head torch, so both hands are free to use.
- Take it slowly and watch your head. There are plenty of things to hit your head on in a roof cavity.
- Watch your step. Again, take it slowly and only stand on supporting timbers and beams.
On your Roof
- Choose the right day to carry out the job. Do not get on your roof if it’s wet or it may rain.
- If you have a multi-storey roof or the pitch is steep (over 30 degrees), then get us to install it for you.
- Don’t work alone. Have somebody help you get on and off the ladder.
- The ladder’s base shouldn’t be more than a metre out from the eave for a single storey roof.
- Make sure the ladder is sound and set up on an even footing.
- Wear non-slip closed footwear. Soft sole tennis shoes are best. Thongs or bare feet are not suitable.
- Be careful if you have a tiled roof. Terracotta tiles generally and older concrete tiles can be very brittle. Try to fit the solar panel lower down if possible to reduce the risk of breakages.
- If you don’t feel confident climbing on your roof, then get us to install for you.
The benefits of skylight alternatives like Solar LED lighting make them a great option as skylights can be expensive, come with safety concerns and restrict positioning. In contrast, skylight alternatives offer more cost-effective options, greater freedom in positioning your lights where they’re most useful in your home without having to worry about damaging surfaces etc., full safety features including protection from glare or UV damage, no need for professional installation, which means less hassle and it’s much safer too! It offers convenience that traditional skylights just don’t have.