Our den, where we spend a lot of time when we are home, stays pretty dark during the day. It is flanked by the garage on one side, a covered screened porch on the opposite side, and a fireplace wall with no windows. I have always thought that I would love to add small, high windows on either side of the fireplace and have built-ins installed below them. I’m sure that will be a pretty good sized budget project, so in the short-term (and as our gift to each other for our 10th anniversary) we decided to add two sun tunnels to the room to add a little natural light. They go through the attic and roof to let sunlight into the room. From inside they look like very large recessed light fixtures.
Here is the room with the new sun tunnels installed:
Here is the room before:
Both pictures were taken on sunny afternoons, with the same camera setting and neither were altered in post-processing. It isn’t a glaring difference, but the extra bit of light really brings the room alive.
Here are the installed sun tunnels. Each is about 14″ across.
The tunnels without the cover: