Skylights have their roots in industrial and commercial buildings of the nineteenth century. In the days when electric light consisted of a few bare bulbs dangling from wires, skylights were the only way to get light inside large buildings. Today, builders use skylights to solve design problems, increase customer satisfaction, and bring natural light and ventilation to dark corners. Problem Solvers Duplex. In a duplex or zero-lot-line house, kitchens and baths are often grouped near a common, inside wall. The rooms must be vented and lighted mechanically. Operable skylights installed over a light shaft can provide light and ventilation for such windowless rooms. Small lots. Skylights can enhance privacy in dense housing developments. While it's great to have widows in the kitchen and