Posted by Kevin DeHaven on November 22, 2019

How to Brighten Closets with Natural Light


We've all been there: you're walking through your house, admiring the skylights and the bright, natural light they bring in when you get to your closet. Your dark, dark closet. How could a skylight ever fit in there?!


Okay, so maybe we haven't all been in that exact situation.


But we can all agree that it's difficult to get a well-lit closet with natural light, right?


Maybe in a time before the VELUX Sun Tunnel® Skylight!


All About VELUX Sun Tunnel® Skylights

VELUX Sun Tunnel® Skylights are a type of tubular skylight. But what's a tubular skylight?


When we think about traditional skylights, we tend to think about a regular glass window positioned on a roof rather than in the walls of a home. Tubular skylights still bring in daylight, but in a different way. They're made of a daylight-collecting dome that sits on the roof of your home. That light is then sent down through a highly reflective tunnel that delivers it through a decorative diffuser. Once installed, it looks like a spotlight in your ceiling. Kind of like this:


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The tunnels look different because one is flexible (left) and the other is rigid. We offer these two types of tunnels to accommodate any home and attic space. As you can see in the image, the tunnel has to go through your attic. Sometimes, there are objects that block the tunnel from being able to go from the roof to the ceiling in a straight line. That's where the flexible tunnel comes in. Both tunnels are highly reflective to deliver bright natural light, but the flexible tunnel is easy to maneuver around attic obstructions.


Brightening Your Closet

So, what can you expect from a sun tunnel installation? A brighter closet for one thing! But what should you expect when you're expecting a sun tunnel? You know, the process.


Well, for one thing: from start to finish, it only takes about an hour and a half to install a VELUX Sun Tunnel® Skylight, thanks in part to its patented Flexi Loc™ tunnel system.


When it's time to put in the sun tunnel, first your installer will check out the attic for rafter locations and to take measurements and mark where the ceiling and roof holes will go. Next, up on the roof, your installer will cut a hole and install the top collar or dome as well as the upper portion of the tunnel, lens, and flashing (which prevents leaks).

Back inside, your installer will cut a hole in the ceiling and install the lower portion of the tunnel. Then, it's time to connect the two holes and seal the tunnel seams. After that, all that's left is to install the diffuser and trim ring and voila! If the sun is out, your new light is on!


Sun Tunnel® Skylight Accessories

One of the best things about sun tunnels is that they're a light you never have to worry about turning off to help with the electric bill. But we do get that times you want it off. We also get that there will be some nights you need it on. That's why we offer compatible accessories to help you make the most of your Sun Tunnel® Skylight.


The Solar Night Light, for example, attaches discreetly to the inside of a rigid sun tunnel and uses a solar panel and LED lights to provide soft, soothing lighting once the sun's gone down. The Solar Night Light also qualifies you for a solar federal tax credit on your entire sun tunnel purchase, including installation.


On the flip side, the ZTP Daylight Controller allows you to control the amount of light coming in if things get too bright. You can learn more about these and other sun tunnel accessories on our website.


See the Difference

Ready to see a Sun Tunnel® Skylight in a closet in action? Check it out:



Sun Tunnel Skylights Brighten Closets from VELUX USA on Vimeo.



To install a VELUX Sun Tunnel® Skylight in your closet, find an installer in your area today!