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Old 07-01-2022, 06:39 AM
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I just had a sun tunnel installed in the guest bathroom. I was supposed to have one in the hallway and the bathroom. I really wanted the hallway one and the bathroom one was an add on to the job last week. The hallway one wouldn't fit so I just did the bathroom. It is so bright that it looks like the light is on in the room. It looks so out of place in my dark house. It's like a light beam is beaming down on my toilet! So $1350 for something I don't like and can't really correct. I'm so upset with myself right now. And I'm missing my DH more than ever because this kind of thing wouldn't have happened with him here. It's just so bad.


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Can you put
Old 07-01-2022, 06:41 AM
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any kind of filter over it at the ceiling level to reduce the amount of light entering the room? I'm sorry you aren't happy with it.
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Old 07-01-2022, 06:46 AM
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I asked about a filter and they said no. I might go look for something at the hobby store. There has to be a way to tame this bright light down.
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Old 07-01-2022, 06:47 AM
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Maybe you will get used to it. After all, no one will be looking down into it. My parents had one put in their bathroom and it made such a huge difference light-wise.

Now you really can call it "The Throne." Positive thinking, right?
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Old 07-01-2022, 06:47 AM
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I had to Google Ďsun tunnel,í thatís a new one for me.

Sometimes I have a hard time with instant change. Can you live with it for a while and see if you warm up to it? Of course, this is coming from someone who covets light and wouldnít thrive in a dark house.

If you wind up really really hating it, pay to have it removed. That will be money well spent. We all make mistakes.

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Old 07-01-2022, 07:01 AM
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I have one in each bathroom and love them. If your house is dark, think how much youíll save on electricity by not turning on the light every time you enter. Try living with it for a few weeks. I will say this, after a few years, the light dulls a bit as the tube ages.

If you really hate it, save up some money for a bit and have it removed.
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Old 07-01-2022, 07:08 AM
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We love ours in a bathroom with no windows. It's true that the materials dull just a bit.
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Old 07-01-2022, 07:13 AM
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I had to Google what it was. It seems to me like an easy and relatively cheap way to decrease the light would be by painting the outside of it.

Why did they say no to a filter?

Edit: this article talks about diffusers.
https://www.dailyrecord.com/story/li...nels/85291252/

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Old 07-01-2022, 07:19 AM
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I have sunlights in both of my upstairs bathrooms. Mine are square, but work on the same principle. I agree with living with it for a while to see if it grows on you. If it bothers you, maybe you could just keep the door shut since it is the guest bath. You might like the little sliver of light it provides under the door.

I just looked up sun tunnels and I am not sure which one you purchased, but several of the reviews mentioned getting a diffuser to soften the light. Is that an option for your model? Might add some expense, but it might be worth it if it makes you happier with the outcome.
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Old 07-01-2022, 07:20 AM
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This is a picture. The bathroom does not have any lights on. But I did just talk to a friend and read your responses. I think putting a film or a tint over it may help. Something like car window tint maybe.


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Old 07-01-2022, 07:23 AM
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We had a chimney removed and replaced it with a sun tunnel. I was shocked how much light came through. It has take me a while to adjust, but itís growing on me. I agree with the advice youíve been given about waiting. If you still dislike it, make the change.
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Old 07-01-2022, 07:39 AM
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you might appreciate it more when the days get shorter and the light isn't so much of a glare. Maybe you could install a fabric shade/awning to help filter the light for summer.
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Old 07-01-2022, 07:53 AM
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It's a guest bathroom... right? So, close the door and don't look at it. I thought the whole purpose of a sun tunnel was to bring natural light into a room....so that's what you have. I bet it's fine. Don't beat yourself up over it.
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Old 07-01-2022, 07:59 AM
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I didnít know what it was, now I want one for my hallway! I think yours looks good. I would also say give it some time.
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Old 07-01-2022, 08:00 AM
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I love light, but thatís just me We had one of those in our prior house, it will be less bright over time. Iíd leave it for at least 9 months before you do anything to it. You might actually like it in the winter.
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Old 07-01-2022, 08:04 AM
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Thank you all! I love PT.

The cats' litter box is in the tub behind the curtain so I can't close the door, but I have a solution in the works.

I was just so distraught when I posted. I think I was just missing my DH too because it was a home thing. I'm clear headed now, and it will be fine. It's definitely better than the dark cave it once was. When I do the tint/filter I'll post a pic too. The good thing is that my nephew says it's removable so if I don't like it, I can start over for only 10 bucks.
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Old 07-01-2022, 08:07 AM
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I love that shower curtain!!

Iím sorry youíre unhappy with the result, but I agree with others that, in time, you may like it after all. Sometimes a change is so dramatic that it takes a while to get used to it.
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Old 07-01-2022, 08:21 AM
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I'm definitely on the pro sun tunnel side of the fence. But it is your house and you get to choose what you are comfortable with for the space. I hope in time your solution is perfect and you are happy with the bathroom.
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Old 07-01-2022, 08:30 AM
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I have one in my hallway and guest bathroom and I love them. I agree with all the pp about putting a tint film to tone it down or living with it for awhile and seeing if you get used to it.

And I also love your shower curtain!
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Old 07-01-2022, 08:55 AM
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I agree with all the pp about putting a tint film to tone it down or living with it for awhile and seeing if you get used to it.
And I also love your shower curtain!
Yes to all of this!

Of course this is coming from someone who, like amiga, loves a bright house. I have a hallway in my house that is darker than I would like. I have investigated light tunnels but the experts said they could not install it due to the location of the hallway.
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Old 07-01-2022, 08:58 AM
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I hope youíll like the sun tunnel better with time. It makes your lovely shower curtain more visible, and youíll save on electricity. It wonít be as bright in the winter months.
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Old 07-01-2022, 09:53 AM
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Is it the same as a skylight? We had one in our master bath and our upstairs hallway in our old house and I miss them. I hate having a dark house!
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Old 07-01-2022, 10:19 AM
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Claire- It kind of is. The concept is the same without cutting out a box into the ceiling and drywalling around it. It's just a portal of light coming through the roof through a reflective tube in the attic. Supposedly it's how they got lights into pyramids.
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Old 07-01-2022, 10:34 AM
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To be honest, I'm really jealous! I have an interior bathroom that needs this. I'm glad to see from your other posts that you're feeling better about it.
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Old 07-01-2022, 10:52 AM
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I love the look of the bathroom with all of that light! Give it a couple of months and see what you think! Sometimes it's hard to adjust to big changes.
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Old 07-01-2022, 01:19 PM
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I love the light! I love lots of light in a home but maybe thatís just me.
If it really bothers you try one of these films.
https://www.bustle.com/life/the-6-be...ivacy-22891153

Iím sorry you are missing your DH. Changes are hard.
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Old 07-01-2022, 01:51 PM
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Good advice from PPers. You may grow to like it.
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Old 07-01-2022, 02:20 PM
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It would probably bring good resale to your home so I would not cover it permanently. Hope you it gets better or keep door closed.

I have something similar but in master bath. Glass shower door and glass window no tint and clear in both. So light is on the throne. I do get it. I regret not tinting the windows and making them not see through. Sometimes too much light.
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I wouldn't say massive
Old 07-01-2022, 03:53 PM
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I get not liking it now. As others have said it might grow on you. I've certainly experienced something similar.

In any case, if you wind up not liking it I hope you don't get down on yourself. It's not a massive mistake, just something that might not be what you hoped.
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Old 07-01-2022, 05:58 PM
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Iím glad youíre starting to feel better about your sun tunnel.

Grief is such a strange, unpredictable creature. (((Hugs))) I hope you are feeling better. Iím sorry the home project triggered your pain. I bet your DH was a great man.

Be kind to yourself- your bathroom looks nice, and you are a strong, independent woman. You got this!
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