Natural Lighting: Skylights and Light Tubes

by Bonnie Rotundo 01/19/2020

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The presence of natural light inside of your living space can have a tremendous impact on how you feel in your home. If you're interested in introducing more daylight into your space consider installing a skylight or light tube.

What are skylights?

A traditional skylight is a window set into the roof of your home. They bring light into the room from above. Many skylights are fixed but others open up to allow fresh air and ventilation. Higher-end options may include options like preinstalled blinds, tinted glass, power openers, and screens. Because they are installed from the roof, skylights are a great solution for bringing natural light into a finished attic space or a central stairway that might not have walls that connect with the exterior of the house. 

What is a light tube?

Sometimes, you can’t install a traditional skylight. When your home has a large attic, the skylight must recess through the attic to the room to let the light shine into the room. Since this doesn’t always work, an alternative is to install a light tube. These are shafts that pass from a domed glass in the roof into a room below the attic. The tube may have mirrors that reflect daylight down into the room even if the exit is not directly overhead. An advantage of a light-tube style skylight is that the exit location does not have to be directly above the room at all. It may even exit from a sidewall. 

The tube bends or reflects the light, so there are diverse architectural applications. You might install one in a shower, to light up a dark niche or even in a closet. Light tubes typically include LED lights, so they are useful both day and night.

If the light tube or skylight is installed correctly, it retains and enhances the home's energy efficiency, and complements the home's design features. If you're planning to install a skylight in a home you intend to sell, discuss the advantages with your local real estate professional to determine the return on your investment.

About the Author
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Bonnie Rotundo

ABOUT ME  

I was born and brought up in Northern New York State, near the Thousand Islands region. I graduated from the State University of New York at Potsdam with a BA in English Literature, moving to Brunswick County in 1979.

From 1980 through 1999, I owned and operated The Italian Fisherman Restaurant, a well-known waterfront eatery in Sunset Beach, NC. After leaving the foodservice business, I knew that I wanted to embark on a career that would keep me in a people-oriented, service-driven industry. I happily choose real estate, and that’s what I’ve been doing since 2000!

Having been a Brunswick County resident for so many years, I have witnessed the tremendous growth and ensuing change the area has undergone. I know the geography and landscape well– it’s no surprise that so many have seen the natural beauty, temperate climate, and enjoyable lifestyle this little corner of the Carolinas affords, and have decided to make it home, too!

My mission is to assist those seeking to buy or sell residential property locally!

Several key points comprise my business philosophy:

- Service is paramount! Put the client first and the rest follows.

- Communication is essential! My approach is more consultative in style: my job is to provide the necessary information, advice, and updates so that buyers and sellers can make informed decisions through-out the process.

-Dedication to excellence is vital! I have earned several professional designations in order to keep abreast of the latest real estate trends that will affect my client’s interests, a significant investment of time and effort.

-Honest, ethical conduct is crucial! The “golden rule” rules, and then some!

In business, I concentrate on forming long-term relationships, and indeed, many people have become not only clients for life, but good friends as well!

My goal, simply put, is to Address all your real estate needs!

CREDENTIALS & AWARDS

Licensed Broker/Associate in both North Carolina & South Carolina

Member of the Local, State, and National chapters of the Association of REALTORS®

Member of two Multiple Listing Services(BCAR & CCAR) in two states

Multi-million dollar producer since 2001

Sloane Realty Company Wide Top Producer 2014 & 2015 (#2 in 2016-2018)

Sloane Realty Ocean Isle Beach Office Top Producer 2014

Coldwell Banker International Sterling Society 2014 & 2015

Coldwell Banker International Diamond Society 2016, 2017, & 2018

Accredited Buyer Representative® (ABR)  

Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®)  

Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource® (SFR)  

Recreation and Resort Specialist (RRS)

Certified Renewed Rooms Staging Professional (CRSP)

Strategic Pricing Specialist® (SPS)

Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Agent