Don't Be Fooled By Imitations

Not All Tubular Skylights Are Created Equal. Ask For SOLATUBE By Name!

1. What's the Difference?

Only SOLATUBE BRAND offers the highest performance... GUARANTEED IN WRITING. All other brands are imitations that are newer on the market, but much further behind in the technology. SOLATUBE has continued to develop and prefect the Solatube and holds several extremely important patients. Below are several reasons why a genuine Solatube out performances other imitations.

1. Capture

The story all begins with capturing sunlight. We challenged our engineers to develop a dome that automatically adjusts daylight harvesting throughout the day while achieving demanding thermal performance requirements. The solution? The most advanced dome technology with the ability to virtually bend daylight
LightTracker TM Reflector An innovative in-dome reflector that:
• Redirects low-angle winter sun-light for maximum light capture
• Increases light input for greater light output
• Delivers un-
surpassed year-
round performance
Raybender®3000 Technology A Patented daylight-capturing dome lens that:
• Redirects low-angle sunlight
for maximum light capture
• Rejects overpowering
summer midday sunlight
• Provides
throughout the day

2. Transfer

How much does a bounce matter? You’d be surprised. Every time a ray of light is reflected, a small amount of that light is lost. And even a few percentage points in reflectivity make a huge difference in overall performance. Its that attention to detail that led us to develop the highest performing tubing available.
Spectralight ®infinity tubing the most reflective material in
the world. Our tubing:
• Delivers 99.7% specular reflectivity for maximum sunlight transfer
• Provides the purest color rendition possible so colors are truer, brighter
• Allows for run lengths over 30 feet to deliver sunlight to lower floors
What are a few percentage points? A small difference in reflectivity value can make an exponential difference in overall light delivery of a tubular daylighting device.

3. Deliver

What makes solatube daylighting systems unique? The ability to offer amazing control over daylighting a space. Form light control to diffusion, we’ve thought of virtually everything you need to bathe a space in pure, natural light.
Stylish daylight delivery Form and function combine for optimal daylight diffusion with:
• New stylish ceiling fixtures
• Warming or softening
effect lenses
• Ventilation, dimmer
or nighttime lighting
Superior color rendition The unique spectral reflectance characteristics of spectralight® infinity tubing reflect the visible spectrum without color shift to deliver the purest color rendition possible. It’s
performance like
this that ensures
that the color you
use in a space
will be vivid and

2. Is the product customization for your tastes and preferences?

A Solatube is completely customizable to your individual style!

Do you want a "one type fits all" frisbee-looking spotlight on your ceiling, or a designer decorative fixture of your choice? Would you like to enhance your skylight with the ability to use it as an electric light at night? Would you like to control the light level with only the flip of a switch? It is your product and your investment; don't you think that ultimately the final look, feel, and versatility should be yours as well?

3. Just as important as the product is who will be doing the installation?

The Solar Guys is 100% Focused On Customer Service!

The Solar Guys is the ONLY Premier Dealer for genuine Solatube products throughout Central Florida. Installing skylight devices properly requires comprehensive construction and roofing trade knowledge. The Solar Guys holds two state certified licenses that verify our expertise. General Contractor (CGC1518621) and Roofing Contractor (CCC1329445). The Solar Guys is the only tubular skylight dealer in Florida that can say the following. All of our employees have been background checked and drug tested. They have all been factory trained and certified. We carry full liability and workers' compensation coverage, NOT exemption which still leaves the homeowner liable. We are an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating and have never received a single complaint from one of our 35,000 customers. Since 2012 we received the prestigious Angie's List Super Service Award.

4. Common Myths Meant To Deceive And Confuse You!

Don't Be Deceived By These Common Myths!

Over the years we have heard many imitation and fly-by-night companies use many different methods to try and deceive and confuse homeowners. We have collected a list of the most commonly told myths to try and educated our customers on the truth behind the original Solatube Tubular Skylight. While most homeowners won't be fooled by smooth talking salesman we want you to know the TRUTH.

MYTH #1 - All tubular skylights are pretty much created equal.

THE TRUTH! – Only SOLATUBE BRAND offers the highest patented performance... GUARANTEED IN WRITING.  Other brands are imitations that are newer on the market, but much further behind in the technology.  Solatubes have FL product approval, which can only be obtained if Florida State engineers approve the product’s design for the high wind and water intrusion testing that our weather should demand.  Most imitation brands do not pass this stringent testing process.  In addition, only Solatubes offer you both the highest performance AND exclusive decorative ceiling fixtures for your interior diffuser lens so that you can have the best of both worlds – performance and aesthetics!

MYTH #2 – The ceiling attachment for other brands is more substantial and heavier, and so is much more secure than the one found in Solatubes.

THE TRUTH! – Solatubes have been around for more than 20 years and have pioneered a ceiling attachment design that has stood the test of time and customer ratings, unlike upstart off-brands.  The truth is that Solatubes have appeared on major television networks and shows like DIY and Home Improvement, and have appeared in countless major magazines.  The Solar Guys is the largest Premier Dealer of Solatubes in the country with an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau, a feat that would be impossible if ceiling attachment failure was a common issue.  Since the ceiling attachment structure and design is part of what the State engineers look at for FL Product Approval, you have the assurance that the integrity of your product is beyond accusation.  

MYTH #3 – A larger and heavier roof flashing means a much more stable and durable roof design

THE TRUTH! – Roof flashing size and weight is completely irrelevant to the security of the design.  All flashings by Florida code need to be secured with a certain size and type of screws to maintain attachment during strong winds.  Surely the company that you choose to perform your install will not rely on the weight of the flashing to keep it in place!  Of course, an all metal flashing design is a must, and Solatubes give you a non-corroding high grade aluminum alloy to serve this purpose.  Bigger is not better in all cases.  Just as our 14” Solatube outperforms much larger size imitation brands, so our lighter gauge aluminum steel alloy flashing provides you with the best protection available without overly stressing your roof with a much larger roof hole size or weight of flashing than necessary.  Again, years of documented satisfied customers over more than a decade demonstrate this beyond a shadow of a doubt.

MYTH #4 – You are getting better service when the owner of the company is doing the work

THE TRUTH! – When a company does not have employees, it is not required to carry Workers’ Compensation coverage.  Without this coverage the average homeowner can be held completely liable if a worker (an owner or otherwise) gets injured while on the customer’s property.  The Solar Guys is a fully licensed Roofing and General Contractor, and we carry full Workers’ Compensation coverage on all of our Certified Technicians.  We feel that our customers and prospective customers deserve that level of confidence and security.  We also feel that our customers deserve to have their questions or concerns addressed immediately when they call or visit us, so we provide a permanent Showroom location with actual installed units on display during normal business hours.  This prevents the unnecessary stress some might find with other companies when they call them and have to wait and hope that someone calls them back.

MYTH #5 – Solatube tubing material is not as durable as other brands

THE TRUTH! – Solatube’s Spectralight infinity tubing is the brightest, most reflective material available in the industry, and is one of the major reasons that Solatubes are so much brighter, size-for-size, than ALL other imitations.  Many imitations claim that their tubing manufacturing process is superior to that of Solatube’s, but if that was the case wouldn’t their performance be superior as well?  Yet no other tubular skylight manufacturer dares to claim to match or exceed the 99.7% reflectivity of Spectralight Infinity, at least in writing where they could be held to their word.  With a lifetime warranty from the largest Premier Dealer of tubular skylights in Central Florida, it is clear that to see the need to come to the source!  Choose only Solatubes from The Solar Guys.

5. Does the product meet the highest standards and qualify for 26% federal tax credit?

The Solar Guy’s Solatube Tubular Skylight is the ONLY brand that currently qualifies for a 26% Federal Tax Credit!

The New Solatube ISn Daylighting Systems with Solar Electric NightLight. We didn’t invent the sun. We just improved it. Solatube Daylighting Systems are engineered to efficiently capture the sun’s rays and pipe them into your home. The result is brighter, more colorful rooms that cost nothing to light. And because installation can usually be done in about two hours with no structural changes, it’s the fastest and simplest solution to a more beautiful home. Our newest Solatube System, the Solatube ISn, harnesses the sun’s energy during the day to power a soft-glow, solar-electric nightlight. What’s better, cost of the entire system and installation qualifies for a 26% Federal Tax Credit.

Posted by Chris Teel