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      05-06-2012, 03:25 AM   #1
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Sun Pipes (Light Tubes)

I am looking to install two sun pipes to light up a room that has very little natural light.

Does anyone have any experience of these and know of a reliable installer in the Bristol area.

Do I need planning permission?


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      05-06-2012, 12:32 PM   #2
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I don't know of anyone in the BS area but any decent roofer (who has fitted Velux windows) will be more than capable of doing this.

I'm fairly certain no planning consent will be required.
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I don't know of anyone in the BS area but any decent roofer (who has fitted Velux windows) will be more than capable of doing this.

I'm fairly certain no planning consent will be required.
Think you're right although the house is in an area of outstanding natural beauty (not my words) so may check with the parish council.
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As this can be seen as an energy reduction ie green initiative. The council will have to take a position of auto approval unless someone can prove it will impact another party adversely.
Personally I would not ask just go ahead and do it, they will have little or no recourse should it come to their attention.
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As this can be seen as an energy reduction ie green initiative. The council will have to take a position of auto approval unless someone can prove it will impact another party adversely.
Personally I would not ask just go ahead and do it, they will have little or no recourse should it come to their attention.
I have no experience with these, they were however on Grand Designs and quite frankly failed at their task, however that was due to lots of factors, im sincerely hoping the O.P will have a much better outcome.

Also in regards to your comment, on Grand designs, one of the guys went ahead and built a wall but using a type of brick which was not in unison with that of the local area ( was a colour difference) and the other party opposed it, and after a long court battle he was made to remove the wall and rebuild with the correct period features of the area.

Crazy I know, but it happens. ( yes I like Grand Designs)
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Very different, for a number of reasons.
If the area was a conservation area this is acceptable action.
Installing sun pipes, not really the same, also the recent changes in planning law, tip the decision in favour of anything which you can justify as energy saving.
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Thanks for the comments guys.
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I fitted one in my en suite which has no natural light, in all honestly I wouldn't bother having one in the future.

Having said that, it does look quite effective, even on a dull day like today!

I paid 50 for a builder to come and put the roof bit in, then I did the rest - it's a simple job of cutting the plasterboard out and screwing the light bit in, then 'piping' the rest up

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If it's effective why would you not have one fitted again?
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I have one and it does what it says on the tin. i.e. natural light where there was previously very little.
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I have one and it does what it says on the tin. i.e. natural light where there was previously very little.
Is there a big difference before and after?
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If it's effective why would you not have one fitted again?
It looks more effective than it actually is. Plus the fan is on the light switch so you end up having to have the lights on anyway!
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Is there a big difference before and after?
What happened was that we built a room above a double garage and to get to it we had to knock through a bathroom and thus lengthen a corridoor. This corridor would have little natural light and so the sun pipe works very well and stops it looking gloomy and avoids the need to have a light on in the daytime.
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What happened was that we built a room above a double garage and to get to it we had to knock through a bathroom and thus lengthen a corridoor. This corridor would have little natural light and so the sun pipe works very well and stops it looking gloomy and avoids the need to have a light on in the daytime.
We have a long utility room with no natural daylight and it bugs me to have the lights on in there when it's sunny outside.

Do they produce much light when it's sunny?
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