VELUX Warehouse Tour

VELUX Warehouse

VELUX Skylights calls Greenwood South Carolina home, but they have several warehouses around the country. I recently took a quick tour of their warehouse in Windsor, Connecticut while picking up two customers’ orders. Opened in 2005, the Windsor location services contractors and wholesalers across all of New England, with some shipments going as far south as Pennsylvania and Maryland.

VELUX Warehouse

Windsor, CT

VELUX Warehouse


Shrink Wrap & Pallets
Larger orders need to be wrapped and put on a pallet before shipping, especially larger skylight units that are heavy and cannot be shipped by UPS and FedEx.

VELUX Warehouse

Pallet Area

Pallet Area


Busy Season
The warehouse is usually stocked from floor to ceiling. During the busy season, March to October, skylights and accessories are shipping out faster than they come in, so the stacks are not as high. During the down season (ie the winter), VELUX works to replenish stock and prepares for home improvement season.

VELUX Warehouse


Installation Area
Customers can order blinds with any skylight and have them factory installed and configured for FREE. Yes, free meaning $0! Before a skylight is shipped out, a technician installs the blinds, tests it out, and if applicable, configures the remote control and accessories. Pictured below is a technician setting up a solar powered blind for a VELUX FCM skylight. The FCM unit is the only one that requires an accessory tray to hold the blind. All other units natively accept the blind. Solar powered blinds come with the VELUX KLR 200 INTEGRA Control Pad, which is handheld but has a wall mounted bracket that holds the control pad when not in use. It’s magnetic so the pad just clicks right into the bracket!

Solar Blind Installation

Solar blinds with Accessory Tray for FCM Skylight

Solar Blind Installation

Solar blinds with Accessory Tray for FCM Skylight

Solar Blind Installation

Solar blinds with Accessory Tray for FCM Skylight

Solar Blind Installation

Solar blinds with Accessory Tray for FCM Skylight

To ensure that skylights with installed blinds are differentiated from skylights without blinds, VELUX adds green tape to the box. It’s much easier to keep track that way!

Installed Blinds

Installed Blinds


Display Models
VELUX has a few different models on display in their reception area. First is a 22” SUN TUNNEL. Reading about it online doesn’t do justice to just how big it really is. The customer service rep told me that at the main VELUX facility in South Carolina, SUN TUNNELS are typically installed in the bathrooms for added light. It looks so realistic that some visitors actually think it’s a ceiling-mounted light and occasionally search for the “OFF” switch to turn it off.

22" SUN TUNNEL

Roof view

22" SUN TUNNEL

Attic view

A solar blind is pictured below. The solar sensor is installed facing outside so it can collect light and charge the battery. A wall mounted keypad controls the blinds.

Solar Blinds

Solar Blinds

Wall Mounted Keypad

For use with solar blinds

Pictured here is a manual venting skylight. Notice the crank handle and manual telescopic control rod that opens and closes the skylight.

Manual Venting Skylight

Crank handle shown


Repair Area
Any products that are returned due to damage while shipping can be repaired if possible. If a technician can repair the product into good working order that lives up to VELUX’s high standard and warranty, it can go back on the shelf. Otherwise, it gets sent to live on little skylight farm in the country along with the other skylights…

Repair Area

Repair Area

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Skylights For Less Scholarship Entries

Down to the wire, two days prior to the end of our first Scholarship offering, we received an excellent submission from Ms. Ashley Whittiker. We had received many submissions prior that failed to follow the instructions and had no creative element delivered. Then, at the Last minute, on the eve of the deadline we received a second well qualified application from Ms. Peri Ogg.

Skylights for Less Scholarship

Ashley Whittiker’s Design Proposal: An Interior Bedroom with Circular Skylight Rendering

Ashley Whittiker is a student at Azusa Pacififc University. She is a business major with a concentration in marketing. Her submission is a modified photo of a bedroom with a proposed large circular skylight installed. She has done an excellent job of demonstrating what affect a large skylight could have on the feel of a room. Here are Ashley’s words on how she came up with her proposal:

I chose a picture that would capture not only a room, but the fullness of the room and how it affects the other rooms in a certain building or house. I will first describe the before picture of the room which the emphasis of light is focused on the lamps and little bulbs on top of the room. As I focused on the artificial light in the room, I noticed that the objects that the light bounces off of seem magnified and bigger. The edges of the objects such as the bed and the flower painting are highly contrasted by their backgrounds. Because of this, the space in the room seems less because of the objects contrasting properties. The colors are more saturated as well. Therefore, atmosphere in this picture focuses on what is happening the room. Now the beauty of the natural light will be explained. In this experiment, I realized that natural light provides many benefits to the atmosphere in a room. As I changed the effects of the room, I saw the the paintings on the wall lost their colors. I wanted to keep the colors vibrant like they were in the before picture. However, I managed to make the colors of the paintings and the bed natural like the atmosphere in the room. This gives liveliness to the room so that it would not look dull or bland to the slightest degree. The natural light causes the objects to balance with each other rather than be magnified like in the before picture. This affects the space around the room as well. Because the objects are evenly balanced and not contrasted, it seems as if there is more room. I highly recommend installing skylight installation, because the natural light compliments the whole room with a relaxed style attached to it.

The design proposed in Ashley’s image could easily be accomplished by the other brand we carry, WASCO skylights. Let us know what you think of Ashley’s work, she did a great job on her rendering!

Our next Applicant Peri, provided us with a before and after capture of a kitchen that has added Velux Sun Tunnels.  She felt this was representative of what she had seen in her parents home.  In her words this is what she had to say:

My submission is an actual depiction of the effects a skylight can have upon a room. This before and after photo of the addition of Sun Tunnels to a kitchen shows the drastic change made to this kitchen with the addition of natural light. In my own home, my parents installed a Sun Tunnel in our upstairs interior bathroom. It changed a dark, dreary space into a light and airy one, and we often use it without using the electric lighting. However, we did not have a ‘before’ photo to share. After seeing the amazing effect the Sun Tunnel can have, these homeowners added two to their kitchen and they did take ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos, that they shared with me for this submission.  The ‘after’ photo of this kitchen is so striking, some may think it can’t be real.  I think people do not understand the effect that a skylight can have in their home until they actually install one. The atmosphere is radically altered for the better and I believe it can truly improve one’s mood.

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Kitchen with Velux Sun Tunnels Before

Kitchen with Velux Sun Tunnels After

Kitchen with Velux Sun Tunnels After

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peri will be attending the University of Kansas in Lawrence looking to major in Political Science. She aspires to work in the field of politics either in Washington DC or her home State Capitol of Topeka KS.

We want to thank both Peri and Ashley for their submissions. We look forward to comments from the community and will announce the winner of the scholarship in the upcoming weeks!

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VELUX $200 Solar Skylight Rebate – June 1st – Aug 15th 2014

VELUX does it again! A $200 rebate makes going SOLAR an Easy choice with your skylight purchase. VELUX started selling their Solar Skylights in 2013. They have been well received in the US but VELUX has upped the ante making the purchase of a wired skylight seem extreme. With a new $200 Rebate on all solar skylights (up to 3 per person) combined with a 30% tax credit it will cost you nearly double to purchase a wired skylight over a VELUX Solar Powered Fresh Air Skylight!

When comparing the Solar to Electric to Venting you would be looking at the following costs with flashing kits:

  • Solar Venting 22″ x 46″ VSS-C06 $1288.87 – $200 – 30% tax credit – final price $762.21  that is 40% off MSRP!
  • Venting VS-C06  $550.33 NO REBATE, NO TAX CREDIT!  only $212 less than solar venting, you have to crank it manually to open it (which means you probably wont use it much) and if it rains, it stays open… with the electric and solar versions the rain sensor will save your house and close automatically when rain falls!
  • Electric Venting VSE-C06 $1140 + extra installation costs to hard wire the unit

For the full details on the rebate check out this link: VELUX $200 Rebate

If you are just getting familiar with the VELUX solar skylight check out these two videos.  The first is a quick installation video and it has several great shots of the sleek look of the skylights as well as nice video of the operation of the skylights.  The second is an install at a campus building converting a house attic into loft space.

 

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Skylight Effects Scholarship

Skylights for Less ‘Skylight Effects Scholarship’ application deadline has been moved back to July 31st and will award the scholarship on September 1st.  Facebook voting will be eligible through August 15th.  See our full press release on PRweb.

 

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Eight Stunning Attic Conversion Ideas

Attics and Skylights go hand in hand.  Since their first days on the scene Velux Skylights were created to allow home owners to expand into their poorly lit and vent-less attics for additional living space.  Putting an addition on your house will cost big $$, take a lot of planning and even more hard work.  If you have any attic space at all, and a bit of creativity you can transform that space to meet your families ever expanding needs!    Check out the examples I show below and how amazing your often overlooked attic space can become!
#1. Attic Loft – This attic was opened up to create a beautiful loft space.  The ceiling height is so low it likely would not meet code for an enclosed bedroom, but as a sitting room, loft sleeping area, or workout room as shown here it would work well.  A loft room like this works much better than a pull out couch allowing your guest some additional privacy in the loft.  Note that with the addition of skylights the room feels much taller and more welcoming.  These skylights appear to be fixed, but it would be worthwhile to have at least a couple of them be vented skylights to allow the hot upper level air escape in warmer months.
#2. Attic Room – This room is called a bedroom on Houzz, but it also opens up space for a sitting area.  The skylights shown here have integrated blinds for privacy.  With no end windows the skylights are almost necessary, but save a ton of money over doing dormers.  The roof line almost adds to the appeal of this room, making it feel that much more cozy.
#3. Attic Gym – This architect appears to have a couple dormers and end windows to work with in this airy attic space.  In cases where the dormers are not present, skylights would be an ideal alternative.  The highlight of this room is the exposed truss members by inlaying the drywall.  This process can be labor-intensive and expensive but has a dramatic effect in both look and feel with the additional square footage of above the floor space.
#4. Attic Study – This tiny attic was converted to allow for a modern den in an otherwise unused space.  The architects kept it simple and again exposed the beams with inlaid drywall.
#5. Modern Attic Bedroom – This bright white bedroom worked with the space they had leaving the mid-room truss members as is.  Simply adding flooring and drywall around the beams has created a beautiful artistic triangle archway to the bed.  Three skylights shown allow in so much natural light you nearly forget that this probably used to be a drab dusty attic space that was uninhabitable!
#6. Vaulted Ceilings – By vaulting the ceiling in a room up to the roof line you can pull the attic space into your lower level floors.  The skylights in this roof now provide ample natural light for this kitchen to not need artificial lighting during daylight hours.  This out-of-the-box design took this kitchen to a level that could not be found with a standard flat ceiling.
#7. Attic Kids Bedroom – Thought a 3 BR was going to be big enough?  For this family it appears they needed more bedroom space and decided to go up!  The two skylights and side end window make this bedroom quite enjoyable!
#8. Lofted sitting porch – These home owners took their sitting porch design seriously!  Lofted ceiling with skylights, and outdoor flat screen and fireplace.  This outdoor room paid for itself with the value it added to their home.
I hope these examples have shown you the value of attic space in your home.  It is out of sight right now, just waiting for you to find a creative way to utilize it!  I hope you noticed that all of the best attic conversions had amazing day lighting solutions, which more often than not are skylights.  Skylights + Attics = Perfection!
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Velux Skylight Pricing

We often hear from customers that are attempting to determine the cost value between installing a Deck Mounted vs Curb Mounted, or Manual Venting vs. Electric Vented, and now Vented vs. Solar Venting.  In this post I will run through the different costs of each Velux Skylight type.  I will also crunch some numbers to help you see the relative cost for installing Velux Solar Skylights.  If you want any further help with Velux Skylight Pricing, shop around our site or give us a call at 1-800-284-5194!

In the following table we list out various types of Velux Skylights and their prices, shipped to you, from our Skylights For Less store.  By far the most affordable skylight is the Curb Mounted Skylight starting at $188.  Utilizing this skylight will save you money over a deck mounted if you are installing yourself.  If your contractor has to build you a curb then the material costs will be washed out by additional labor to do so.  Generally cost is not the major factor between choosing curb or deck mount.  Curb mounted would be necessary for flat or very low pitched roofs.  On a shingled, pitched roof, most buyers select the deck mount for the integrated low profile look.

 Velux Skylight Type  Velux Skylight Model  Base Price
 Fixed Deck Mount  FS – C06  $239.00
 Fixed Curb Mount  FCM – 2246  $188.00
 Pan Flashed Deck Mounted  QPF – 2246  $293.00
 Manual Vent Deck Mount  VS – C06  $467.00
 Manual Vent Curb Mount  VCM – 2246  $498.00
 Electric Vent Deck Mount  VSE – C06  $1063.00
 Electric Vent Curb Mount  VSE – 2246  $1151.00
 Solar Venting Deck Mount  VSS – C06  $1213.00
 Solar Venting Curb Mount  VCS – 2246  $1273.00
 Solar Venting w/ Tax Credit  VSS – C06  $849.10
 Solar Venting w/ Tax Credit  VCS – 2246  $891.10

When considering a Velux Venting Skylight there is a lot to consider and the choice can be much harder to make than for the fixed skylights.  Velux Vented Skylights will save you money in general due to their ability to vent out hot air from your home in warmer months, reducing the amount of air conditioning you will require.  Between the different types the Velux Electric skylight is no longer a good choice.  This skylight costs significantly more than all the others and we no longer recommend it as long as the Solar Tax Credit is still available.  It is a no-brainer between the Solar Models and the electric models because after the tax credit the electric models cost 40% more. Velux Solar Skylights are easy to install and the installation costs are also eligible for the tax credit.  You can easily install two new Solar skylights for the price of one electric unit by taking advantage of the Solar Tax Credit.

Now let’s discuss the costs considerations between the Velux Manual Venting and the Velux Solar Venting skylights.  The prices for the deck mounted models shown above are $467 for VS-C06 and $849.10 (After Tax Credit) for the VSS – C06.  How about installation?  How much does the installation of a Skylight cost?  At Fixr.com they suggest $400 and up depending on the situation.  I will also say that they suggest that there are different costs to install a fixed vs venting skylight, but that should not be the case!  You are doing the opening and closing, they are installing and flashing the same for both models!  The key here is that there is a relative cost between new construction and existing, large amounts of drywall work or not, replacing existing or new install, changing roofing structure, or not, etc, etc…  for our purposes here we will pick a fairly average install that requires some roofing rework and some drywall work, about  $934.  How did I get that number?  A wise man once told me 1/3 material 2/3 labor for a quality construction job!  (thanks Dad!)   For the solar skylight this cost is eligible for the tax credit since it is for Solar improvements.  This knocks the Solar cost down to a total of $849.10 + $560 = $1502.90, while the Manual Vented comes out to $1401!  The convenience of a programmable, remote operated skylight for less than $100 more out of your pocket will keep you happy for years to come.  Many installations may cost much more than this if they are very intricate, at which point the cost of the Velux Solar Venting Skylight will completely even out or be cheaper than a manual venting skylight.

Velux Skylight Pricing is directly related to the size and complexity of the skylight.  Luckily with tax incentives the best available solar skylight is cheaper for most homeowners.

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VELUX Skylights History

In 1941 Villum Kahn Rasmussen developed the first Roof Window in Denmark. He wanted to create a window that could be placed in an existing roof allowing for attic expansion without the need for adding dormers. This would allow good ventilation and lighting into previously dark and dank attics.  Rasmussen registered the name VELUX in 1942.  He combined “VE” for the first two letters of ventilation and LUX the Latin word for light.

VELUX Skylights 1941 Unloading from Truck

Men unloading a VELUX Skylight in the 1940’s.

After initial success locally VELUX went to work to introduce the Roof Window as a desired product in other markets.  Not only did they have to convince homeowners of the Roof Windows utility, they had to convince local governments to adopt building codes that allowed for attic living space.  Attic living space with only sloped roofing in many jurisdictions was previously off limits to habitable space.  VELUX entered the German market in 1952 followed by Holland, Austria, Switzerland and France.  Over the next several decades they would move to provide skylights to most of the world.

1960's Velux Skylight Advertisement Ad

1960’s Velux Advertisement

In the 1960’s VELUX expanded their offering and began to offer Flashing kits rather than requiring custom site flashing from coil stock.  They also started offering GGL center pivot windows for the first time.  In 1973 the first Electrically Operated Velux Skylight was delivered to the market along with blinds for most of the models.  In 1984 they newest offering was the electric venetian blind.  By 1990 Velux created the CABRIO balcony skylight creating their single most expensive residential product.  Throughout the 90’s and 2000’s VELUX has gone on to introduce Solar powered blinds and skylights, integrated home control systems for operation and timing of window functions, auto-closing rain sensors, and high quality glass coatings.  In 2005 VELUX began to offer Sun Tunnels in both commercial and residential lines.

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Ten Amazing Skylight Ideas

From Huge Atriums, to Tiny Attic Bedrooms add Skylights and Sun Tunnels to improve the feel and flow of many rooms.  Check out all of these day-lighting ideas!

1. Sun tunnels in a green roof over a public restroom at Observation Hill from Late to the Garden Party:

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Green Roof Sun Tunnels

2. A Brazilian man installed soda bottles filled with bleach and water straight into the roof line to light up low income housing that did not have electricity or natural light.

Moser Soda Bottle Lightbulbs

Moser Soda Bottle Lightbulbs

3. Circular Skylights in the ceiling for a dramatic modern effect.

Circular Skylights in Stadel Museum

Circular Skylights in Stadel Museum

4. Staircases often lack natural light, add a Skylight!

Staircase Stairwell Skylight

Skylight over a stairwell

5. Turn your attic into useful and pleasant living space.

Attic Room Skylights

Attic Room Skylights

6. Tiny House Loft Skylights, imagine how dark and underutilized this room would be without them!

Skylights in Loft Bedroom

Skylights in Loft Bedroom

7. Bring nature in, turn your lofted skylight in to a planter / arbor.

Skylight Planter

A perfect location for an indoor planter.

8. Lava Tube Skylight!  OK, so maybe you can’t create this exactly, but this is a naturally occurring Skylight in an Active Lava Tube at the Hawaii Volcano National Park.  Don’t get too close!

Lava Tube Skylight

Lava Tube Skylight

9. Turn your bathroom into a spa experience, add a skylight over your tub!

Skylight over Soaking Tub

Skylight over Soaking Tub

10. Soak your living room with natural light, round and long skinny skylights used creatively here!

Creative living room round and long skinny skylights

Creative living room round and long skinny skylights

 

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Skylight Installation Methods | VELUX

Skylights For Less provides three types of skylights for three types of installations. Deck Mounted, Curb Mounted and Pan Flashed.  Each method has its advantages and we will discuss the reasons and applications for each installation method and skylight design.

For adding a skylight to a metal, shingled or ceramic tile pitched roof, Deck Mounted skylights are often the best fit. From the exterior the skylights are low profile and blend with the roof for an integrated modern look.  These skylights can be installed on roofs that are pitched between 14 and 85 degrees. For tiled roofing use the EDW Flashing Kit, shigled roofing uses the ECB Flashing kit, and metal roofing will require the ECL Flashing Kit.


Take a look at Steve’s amazing video of a deck mounted VELUX Skylight installation. His video is very detailed, and he goes into why he feels venting skylights are so important. We cannot agree more!  Venting hot air out of your ceiling will allow you to run air conditioning less days, but venting while your A/C runs will also increase your home efficiency by helping your A/C run less. All while basking in the additional natural daylight you will now have in your home!

If you have a flat roof (pitched less than 14 degrees) you will want to install a curb mounted skylight.  Occasionally, curb mounted skylights are specified for pitched roofs as well.  We always try to recommend the deck mounted version for pitched a roof and a curb mounted for flat roofs if the customer is concerned with the a sleek exterior look. If you desire maximum daylight entering your home, utilizing a curb mounted unit will give you greater daylighting area.  With a curb mount the glass covers the entire opening, while a deck mounted skylight trims in from the opening limiting the viewable area.  A 22 x 46 curb mount can have up to 35% more viewable area depending on how you trim out your interior over the same rough opening C06!  Check out this video where Stefan shows the installation of a couple FCM-2246 skylights on site built curbs with the ECL flashing.  This flashing can be used on a roof pitch of 10-60 degrees.  Less than 10 degrees and the curb should be flashed using rolled roofing material, integrating the curb flashing directly into the roof installation.

M&R Roofing show great examples of Site Built curbs and on site integrated flashing topped off with venting and fixed VELUX Skylights.

Last we have the VELUX Pan Flashed Skylight (QPF).  This is a fixed skylight with built in flashing.  Basically you create your skylight opening, center the unit over the opening and nail in the nailing fin.  After which you will coat the flashing rim with roofing cement, and shingle over the flange.  These skylights are good on pitched roofs from 14 to 60 degree pitch.  If the roof is pitched between 45 and 60 degrees VELUX recommends using a diverter above the skylight to carry some load in icy conditions, as well as divert heave rain from cascading directly into the top of the skylight.  You can find installation instructions and full product details on our QPF Skylight page.  If you have any further questions about VELUX Skylight installation methods, shoot us a comment below or visit us at www.skylightsforless.com

 

VELUX Pan Flashed (QPF) Skylight

VELUX Pan Flashed (QPF) Skylight – useful for quick installs of fixed skylights.

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Skylights For Less $500 Scholarship

Skylights For Less is proud to announce that we will be, for the first time, offering a $500 scholarship! This scholarship will be available to any current or college bound student for the 2014 – 2015 academic school year. The money can be used for any college related costs.  Tuition, room, board, books, etc. To apply for the scholarship we are asking you to “Artistically capture the charm provided by the addition of a Skylight or Sun Tunnel installation to an existing room or structure. Each submission should establish a contrasting relationship between the quality of a space both with and without a significant level of natural light. Submissions in the format of photographs, photo edited mock-ups, digitized sketches, drawings and/or paintings are all acceptable formats for submissions. After we receive your scholarship submission we will place the best entries on our Facebook and Google Plus accounts. The post that garners the biggest following will be awarded the $500 scholarship (yes, this means you can promote your own work!). The scholarship was deigned for students majoring in Architecture, Interior Design, Art, Graphics Design, or similar. Though, we will accept applicants from any major that want to show off their creative side! For skylight inspiration check out pages like Houzz or similar sites boards on pinterest.  Explore your everyday life and take pictures of skylights you see in buildings you frequent, you may be surprised how much inspiration you can find in places your visit regularly.

Skylights For Less $500 Scholarship Opportunity

Skylights For Less $500 Scholarship Opportunity

Official Eligibility
Applicants to the 2014 Skylights For Less Scholarship program shall meet the following criteria:
• Must be planning to enroll or be enrolled in undergraduate study at any accredited college or university within the United States for the 2014-2015 Academic School year
• Applicant must have a GPA > 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
• Must be an American citizen or have a student visa

Terms
You are required to supply personal information to Skylights For Less to verify your submission and provide a means of contact should you become the winner of this scholarship. Submitted works will become the property of SkylightsForLess.com and could be displayed on the website www.skylightsforless.com or used in any other promotional materials online or offline.

Application Process
Qualified students may e-mail their submissions to scholarship@skylightsforless.com. The submission will be required to include a cover letter with the following information:
• A description of your completed work (150-400 words)
• Your Legal Name
• Mailing Address
• Telephone Number
• E-mail address
• A brief biography or statement of your goals in college (150-400 words)
• Name of your College/University and proposed year of graduation

We wish you the best of luck and are very excited to see your submissions!  Find and follow us on twitter @skylights4less and Facebook at www.facebook.com/skylightsforless

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