Solar-powered skylight opens and closes by remote control
By Ben Coxworth
April 16, 2013
Skylights are a nice way of letting daylight into your house, and if they can be opened, they’re also effective at letting out the hot, stuffy air that rises to the ceiling. Depending on their location, however, they can be difficult to open without running electrical wiring up to them. That’s why Velux has introduced its no-wiring-required Solar Powered Fresh Air Skylight.
The Fresh Air Skylight has its own built-in rooftop solar panel, that charges an integrated battery, even on cloudy days or non-south-facing roofs. That battery powers a motor, that opens and closes the skylight on command via a wireless remote. Using that remote, users can also program the window to open and close on a pre-determined schedule.
A sensor next to the solar panel detects raindrops, and prompts the skylight to automatically close in the event of a shower. Should users want to shield their homes from the heat of the mid-day sun, factory-installed blinds are available as an option – these can also be controlled with the remote.
The Solar Powered Fresh Air Skylight is available in a variety of sizes and glazing options, with prices ranging from approximately US$1,015 to $1,915. The skylight can be seen in use in the video below.