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How do I remove my Solatube Daylighting System diffuser?

Your ceiling diffuser is quite easy to remove and clean. Please note that older Solatube Daylighting Systems (Installed before the year 2000) have twist-lock diffusers for the 10 in/250 mm & 14 in/350 mm. For these older units the diffuser twists off counter clockwise when looking up at the diffuser.

If you have a unit that was installed between 2000 & 2007, to remove the diffuser simply pry down one edge of the white trim ring using something flat such as a butter knife. Continue to work your way around the ring until you have a 1/4" (7mm) or so gap all the way around. Then simply grab onto the edges and pull straight down. The diffuser lens can be cleaned with soap and water. To re- install the diffuser position the 4 zip style ties into the 4 holes on the ceiling ring and push up until the diffuser is flush with the ceiling.

If you have a unit that was installed between 2007 & 2010, simply pull the diffuser down.

If you have a diffuser that was purchased after September 2010, you'll need to twist off the diffuser counter-clockwise.

What if the light is too bright or bluish?

We offer a suite of Effect Lenses to adjust the light to soften or warm the light color. For those who prefer less light, we offer the Softening Effect Lens that creates a subtle, softer natural lighting effect. The optional Solatube Daylight Dimmer can also be installed to allow control of the light output.

The Warm/Warm Softening Effect Lens enhances natural daylight by warming the light creating a color comparable to incandescent bulbs. Never use standard window tinting or any flammable material to block the incoming light. This is an extreme fire hazard.

For the SolaMaster Series we offer a secondary diffuser that fits under the dome to soften the light if necessary.

How does a Solatube Daylighting System work?

The Solatube Daylighting System captures light through a dome on the roof and channels it down through our internal reflective system. This tubing is far more efficient than a traditional drywall skylight shaft, which can lose over half of the potential light. The tubing will fit between rafters and will install easily with no structural modification. At the ceiling level, a diffuser that resembles a recessed light fixture spreads the light evenly throughout the room.

Does the Solar Star have an on/off switch or thermostat?

The Solar Star attic fan by design is meant to run whenever daylight strikes the solar panel. Attics are meant to be ventilated year round, during the winter proper ventilation helps prevent condensation from forming within the attic which could cause significant heat loss from the home if the attic insulation gets wet. A cool, dry attic is the best solution for keeping the heat in the house during the winter. If your attic is properly insulated and moisture build up is not a concern but cold temperatures are a concern then consider using the optional Solar Star Thermal Switch.

Can a Solatube Daylighting System go horizontally?

Yes. An optional 0-90 degree angle adapter allows the light to run horizontally for short distances.

"How durable are your solar attic fans relative to hurricanes?"

Attic Breeze� solar attic fans are designed to be the most durable solar powered ventilation products available. Rated for hurricane force winds of over 170 MPH (wind load pressures of �115 PSF), our solar attic fans are both Florida and Texas windstorm approved. Click Here for windstorm details!

"I am interested in solar attic vents, but have some concerns over attic depressurization. I recently read an article that suggested attic fans have the potential to pull air from inside the home and into the attic. Is this a possibility with the Attic Breeze� fans as well?"

Attic depressurization occurs when there is not enough attic air intake ventilation to support the volume of attic air being removed. While depressurization can occur naturally (i.e. the sudden cooling of your roof during a rainstorm), it may also occur when using powered ventilation. Since airflow follows the path of least resistance, for any powered ventilation system to create depressurization and pull conditioned air into the attic, it must have enough power to overcome both any attic intake ventilation present, as well as that of frictional effects created from pulling air through the small cracks and opens between the attic and living space of your home.

Although by appearance they may seem the same, AC powered attic fans and Attic Breeze� solar powered attic fans are distinctly different. AC powered attic fans have a very large source of grid power from which to use, as well as a constant speed AC motor. When an AC powered fan does not have enough "free" air intake to support the motor's operating speed, the fan simply uses more power in order to maintain motor speed, thus pulling more air from any air intake source available. If the AC powered fan is not installed with enough attic air intake ventilation, attic depressurization may occur.

By contrast, Attic Breeze� solar attic fans have both a limited source of solar power and use a variable speed DC motor. Given the same situation, our solar attic fans will simply reduce in speed rather than pull more air because additional power is not available. Additionally, our proprietary UltraFlo� technology also helps minimize any chance of depressurization by virtue of our unique airflow dynamics. If installed properly with the recommend amount of intake ventilation, attic depressurization will not be a problem with Attic Breeze� solar powered ventilation products.