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Has anyone installed solar tubes for natural lighting? One bathroom and the laundry room are both interior and have no windows.
Helped a friend do it. It was surprisingly easy, but definitely a 2-person job to get everything aligned. His were located in a bathroom.
My observations are that solar tubes, due to their shape and basically being modular designs, are much less prone to leaking and much for manageable for a DIY compared to a skylight. I would suggest considering tubes that have some means of defusing/filtering light. Direct solar tube light can cause some weird shadowing when in conjunction with interior lighting, particularly in a bathroom. The main reason I know this is because I had to go back to his house about a week later to help him disassemble/reassemble with a sort of lens on the bottom because his wife was having difficulty with makeup application due to the different light sources casting different tones. It was a little similar to design Veloise posted, except it was more flush-mounted to the ceiling and looked more like a large recessed light.
There are also now some really cool tube systems ideal for laundry & bathrooms that are combined with ceiling vents:
That could be a good option for you because you might just be able to use an existing roof penetration for your ceiling vents and swap out for a combo solar tube/vent.
Also, you are pretty much in the south now. In the south, we plan our home improvements involving significant time in the attic for the cooler months.