YES !  When you order an acrylic domed skylight from AIAindustries.com you will have 3 color options to choose from for the acrylic dome(s). Bronze, White, and Clear !  In this article we are going to go over the three color options and the advantages / disadvantages of each color.

Bronze: This is more commonly referred to as “smoke” or “tinted”

  • Will allow 27% of visible light to pass through the plastic
  • Allows only 35% of Solar Energy to pass through the plastic
  • You can see through the material but it will be like looking through a pair of sun glasses

White: Commonly used in Commercial Applications

  • Will allow 56% of visible light to pass through the plastic
  • Allows 52% of Solar Energy to pass through the plastic
  • This is a Translucent material so you can not see through it

Clear:  Most common color of acrylic dome

  • Will allow 92% of visible light to pass through the plastic
  • Allows 85% of Solar Energy to pass through the plastic
  • This is Transparent material and will allow you to see through it just fine
Bronze, White and Clear

Now that I have bored you with technical data lets talk about dome configurations.  Here at AIAindustries.com we have three standard double dome configurations. Clear over Clear, Clear over White or Bronze over Clear.

Bronze should always be the outer most dome. Because the bronze only allows 35% solar energy to pass through it, the remaining solar energy will be deflected off the plastic. If the bronze dome was used as an inner dome, all that extra energy would be trapped between the outer and inner domes which can cause excesive heat buildup and will eventually cause the skylight glazing to fail.

When it comes to having a double dome skylight and using clear and white acrylic, either one can be used as the outer dome. Here at AIAindustries.com we recommend going with clear over white.  The main reason for doing this is because the white will act as a diffuser. Because the white acrylic will act as a diffuser any dust or dirt on the outside of that dome will show up as a dark spot on the inside of the dome. Having the clear acrylic on the outside eliminates the dust and dirt buildup on the diffusing dome which means no more dark spots in your skylight.

Of course when you order a clear over clear acrylic skylight you ALWAYS want to make sure the clear dome is on the outside … ;)

If you decide to go with triple glazed skylights these same rules will apply. Bronze should always be the outer most dome and to avoid having dark spots in your skylight, the white should be either the second or third layer from the outside.

To summarize, deciding what color plastic domes you want in your skylight is as easy as first deciding if you want to be able to see through it or not then just decide how much light you would like to have coming through.

If you have any questions on anything we have covered today or any other skylight related questions please feel free to give us a call at 303-296-9696 or send an email to sales@aiaindustries.com

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