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New Skylight Styles Brighten Rooms

Wouldn’t it be nice to have natural light in the dark end of the living room, or in a windowless bathroom, and especially light that comes in over a dark staircase? People wouldn’t have to find the light switch and turn it on before they climb the stairs.
Skylights are easy additions to your home that not only bring in light but add ventilation. Neat new styles include an electric one that has a rain sensor. It will shut itself off when rain begins.
Some have solar-power shades that you can operate with a remote control. Too much sun? Just press a button and the shade closes.
The two most common types are fixed, which don’t open or vent, and vented. Vented skylights open to allow air to come in from the outside. They have screens to keep out mosquitoes, but you still get a nice breeze in the evening.
Tubular skylights are small tubular openings, also known as sun tunnels. They are great for bathrooms and hallways. They are a good alternative if you want natural light but not the skylight effect.
Angie Hicks of Angie’s List recommends skylights that are double insulated with low emissivity (low-E) argon-filled glass. The low-E filters keep sunlight from penetrating the home, so it doesn’t fade the furniture and carpet.
A skylight can be installed in a day for about $500, depending on how much work is involved. It is important to get a qualified company to install the unit. The most common skylight complaint is leaking caused by poor installation.
If it happens, a more experienced installer should be called to correct the problem.
Many homeowners are replacing old bubble-style skylights with new ones that have great features.