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A bathroom skylight that’s also a bathroom ventilation fan!

06 Nov 2019 by Hometech

Having a brainware that immediately and cost-effectively solves a house construction problem is a great feeling. You shout ‘Yesss!’ and the world is suddenly a better place.

When you discover Solatube with ventilation, the quick solution to lighting and ventilation problems, we think you’ll have one of those eureka moments. The combination of natural lighting and quiet ventilation ticks a lot of boxes.

Solatube with ventilation for bathrooms

Bathrooms are delightful places when they’re light, dry and mould-free – havens for refreshing rituals that set you up for the day. But when they’re dark, musty and turning green in the corners, happiness is hard to find. The worst-case scenario is an ensuite bathroom in the middle of the house with no external windows for light and air. Yuk.

Hometech has a terrific solution for dark-and-dingy bathroom syndrome – a Solatube bathroom skylight with a bathroom ventilation fan add-on kit. This solution can extract up to 53 litres of air every second; it’s also much quieter than other bathroom fan systems because the fan motor sits up in the roof - you’ll barely hear it operating. You can even add an electric light add-on, for night use.

Natural light is great in the bathroom for applying makeup and ventilation in the bathroom is of course great for removing moisture and odours that would otherwise linger. If you have a separate toilet with no exterior window, a Solatube with ventilation and light is an inspired all-in-one solution.

Pantry ventilation and light with Solatube

The pantry is another room that often suffers from lack of natural light and fresh air. If you have a walk-in food pantry, scullery or butler’s pantry, installing a Solatube with ventilation and light is a game-changer. You’ll be able to see where things are, read ‘use by’ dates and have a fresher-smelling space, because the air is constantly being changed. There’s also less chance of moulds growing on walls and shelves.

Common types of mould found in New Zealand bathrooms and pantries

Sunlight and ventilation help to prevent the growth of mould in dark, damp spaces. Here’s a quick guide to some of the moulds that like to live in bathrooms and pantries:


This mould is dark with a velvety texture. It usually appears in areas that are damp, like badly-ventilated bathrooms and shower cubicles. Health problems associated with alternaria include asthma attacks and allergic reactions.


This very common black or yellow-green mould loves to grow in tiled showers. It can cause respiratory infections, allergic reactions and inflamed lungs.


If you notice a spotty substance that is pink and black, it’s probably aureobasidium. It can be found on painted walls and wallpaper, as well as around windows.

Stachybotrys Chartarum

This type of greenish-black mould has a musty smell and is found in areas that never get a chance to dry. It’s also called toxic mould, because it can cause breathing issues, sinus infections, depression, fatigue and asthma attacks.


This mould is typically found in areas that have been severely damaged by water, like in the floors and walls of homes that have experienced a flood. It can cause allergic reactions and infections. It’s brown, grey or greenish-black and has a suede-like texture.

If you want to eliminate opportunities for mould growth in your bathrooms and pantry, natural light and good ventilation are the most powerful solutions available.

New Zealand
We come from humble beginnings as most Kiwi companies do. While in Australia, a husband and wife team spotted Solatubes at a convention, and instantly knew that Kiwis would want them too.25 years later there are hundreds of thousands of Solatubes, ventilation systems and attics stairs installed in Kiwi homes right throughout New Zealand.While we're bigger now, we've kept our humble family-style culture. We're proud of what we've achieved and have even bigger ambitions for the future.We recently joined Just Life Group, a New Zealand-owned company that's listed on the NZX. Joining Just Life Group gives us the scale and business nous to help us achieve our ambition to have a Hometech product within every Kiwi home.They're majority owned by a great guy, Tony Falkenstein, who literally has written the book on New Zealand business. And we made him promise that we'll always be proudly New Zealand owned.


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