Velux. The maker's FS and QFS series fixed skylights can now be outfitted with a solar battery powered shade. A built-in solar cell converts direct or diffused sunlight to electrical energy, which is stored in a battery that can handle approximately 500 operations without recharging. Because the battery is an integral part of the shade, installation requires no extra effort or professional electrical work. The shade is part of the Velux Lightblock series and operates by remote control. 800.888.3589. www.veluxusa.com.
Solatube. The Solatube Daylight Dimmer's wall-mounted switch lets users control the natural lighting level of a room. For use with tubular skylights, the dimmer's design includes a butterfly baffle driven by an electric motor inside the skylight. The dimmer opens or closes completely in 8 seconds. Available models fit 10-, 14-, or 21-inch tubular skylights. 800.966.7652. www.solatube.com.
Insula-Dome. The Sunrise Series is one of several new skylight lines available from the manufacturer. Available in 20 standard sizes, with custom sizes available upon request, the skylights are constructed of heavy-gauge aluminum for a weather-resistant sash, and also feature welded PVC corners for additional weather-tightness. Multiple flashing options and two energy-efficient low-E, argon-filled glazing choices are available. For interior aesthetics, the skylights have knot-free clear furniture-grade pine veneer frames that can be stained to any natural wood finish or painted to match the room's interior. 631.924.7890. www.insula-dome.com.
Intromark. Rather than risk damage to skylights by guessing their locations while roofing work is going on, try the Sky Word visual aid. The material is made of heavy-grade paper and double-sided tape. Its black-and-gold-stripe design ensures that it will stand out visually against dark roofing materials. Available in 1-by-1-foot, 2-by-2-foot, 2-by-4-foot, and 4-by-4 foot standard sizes, as well as other sizes. The OSHA-approved product keeps skylights from being broken and replaced, saving money for both the contractor and the homeowner. 800.851.6030. www.intromarkstore.com.