City Daylighting

City Daylighting LLC: History of Business


City Daylighting LLC, formerly known as NYC Daylighting INC., has a rich history that spans over a decade, marked by resilience, innovation, and a commitment to sustainable business practices. The company's journey began in 2011 under the ownership and leadership of Michael Shea Sr.

Foundation Years (2011-2015): NYC Daylighting INC.

Under the visionary guidance of Michael Shea Sr., NYC Daylighting INC. quickly established itself as a prominent player in the daylighting industry. Specializing in innovative solutions to bring natural light into commercial and industrial spaces, the company gained recognition for its commitment to energy efficiency.

In 2015, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) acknowledged NYC Daylighting INC. with the prestigious Small Business of the Year Award, a testament to its impact on the local business community and its dedication to excellence.

Growth and Recognition (2015-2019): RISE NYC Project

The year 2015 also marked a significant milestone when NYC Daylighting INC. secured a grant through The NYC Economic Development Corporation for its involvement in the "RISE NYC" project. This initiative aimed to promote resilience and sustainability in businesses, aligning perfectly with the company's ethos.

Transition to Green City Daylighting LLC (2019-2022): Nurturing a Sustainable Legacy

In 2019, the unfortunate passing of Michael Shea Sr. led to the temporary dissolution of NYC Daylighting INC. The business was resurrected as Green City Daylighting LLC in 2020, with Michael Shea Jr. and Christopher Rogers at the helm. Their leadership saw the company thrive, securing contracts with commercial Solatube providers and becoming the primary labor force for CBG South, specializing in the installation of commercial Solatube products.

City Daylighting LLC Emerges (2022 - Present): A Visionary Expansion

In 2022, the business underwent another transformation, re-emerging as City Daylighting LLC. With Michael Shea Jr. taking 100% ownership.

NYC Daylighting was recently selected as a Winner of the RISE NYC competition.

City Daylighting Upcoming Events

We like to get out and about from time to time. Find out where we’ll be demonstrating Solatube products or attending trade shows below. We hope to see you there!


Find out what it’s really like to own a Solatube daylighting or attic ventilation system. Just read the customer comments below. Then, if you’re ready to learn more, contact us to schedule a free in-home consultation. There’s absolutely no obligation, and our professional Certified Installation Consultants arrive when it’s convenient for you.


"The difference is like night and day. The service is exceptionally fast and prompt and there was not a speck of anything to clean up when the job was done. I highly recommend nycdaylighting for Solatube installation if you want a brighter home."

-Ann Sweeney, Staten Island, NY


"The addition of the solatube to our house has completely changed the way we live inside our home. Our basement is partially submerged, but in our neighborhood, everyone tries to utilize every single foot of space, and we've been using the bottom floor as both the living room and kitchen. Suddenly, the rooms where we spend most of our time are flooded with daylight, even when it's raining, even when there is a foot of snow on our roof. We're in the habit of simply not turning on the lights in the room where the solatube is, and this winter, when we were forced to stay inside with two small kids, we got much needed cheery sunlight added to those short days. We couldn't be happier with the decision to add the solatube to our home, and we're looking for more places in the house that we can utilize this incredible opportunity."

-Sean Williams, Astoria, NY


"Brightest idea I ever had!"

-Robert Chin, Flushing, NY


"This is the best money we've ever spent on our house renovation! Not only is it eco-friendly and easy to install, but it literally turned night to day in our once perpetually-dark living room."

-Jay Serrano and Kathleen Chan, Astoria, NY


"We couldn't be happier. The amount of sunlight coming into our home has been great for our mood."

-Ed and Barbara Rankin, New York

Solar Star RM 1600 Attic Fan

Dear NYC Daylighting,

I just want to tell you how very pleased I am with my new solar attic fan.  It does seem unbelievable, but I have been sleeping so much better since it was installed.  I have had a sleeping problem for quite some time and I cannot tell you how thrilled and surprised I am about the extra sleep I am getting.  

My neighbor and I would go to each other's house and hers was always much cooler than mine.  We have identical houses and could not understand why the difference in temperature.  When she had her Solatube installed the day that I had my solar attic fan installed we found out the answer.  The installer, Chris, informed her that she already had an attic fan from NYC Daylighting.

So I just want to thank you so much for the extra benefit that I am getting  from the new attic fan.

I have been a fan of Solar Star since I had the Solatube installed five years ago.  Michael  was so helpful in setting up the work for the attic fan. 

Thank you so very much!!!!


Marcia H.


Solar Star RM 1600 Attic Fan

TO: NYC Daylighting: Thank you so much for making my Solar Attic Fan experience such a nice one. I wasn't sure I should get it without talking to friends about it first but it's doing the job just as I thought it would and just as you both explained it to me!!! I'm loving it and know "I did good" by getting it. 
Today is a very hot muggy day but it is actually nicer in my home than outside thanks in part to the Solar Attic Fan. Usually by 3:00 until midnight or so my house is warmer and stuffier than outside. It used to take so long to cool down inside my house. Now it's not only better than it used to be but better than it is outside! I'm really happy about it. I notice I'm using my ceiling fans less and closing my front door earlier!
Michael was so nice, helpful and even really fun to speak with on the phone and then Barney showed me the product and re-explained everything and was so nice and easy to have at my home. It's just really nice to work with such good people and such a good product. It made my decision easy. Installation was fast and easy and now I'm happy with my decision. How great is this!
So, I just wanted to give you a big thank you..... THANK YOU! I will recommend you and the Solar Attic Fan.
Marilyn T.

Solar Star RM 1600 Attic Fan

Dear NYC Daylighting,

I was going to buy an air conditioner, I am so happy I didn't waste my money.  My house is about 10 degrees cooler and it has cleared up my moisture problem in the winter time.   

The best part about my solar powered attic fan is that it runs by the sun so I pay no money to keep my house cool.

Finally, they came out and were profession and did quality work.

Thanks NYC Daylighting,

Dorthy M.

Solar Star RM 1600 Attic Fan

I am one of those people that is skeptical by nature, so I wasn't sure about the solar powered attic fan and all the claims that were made.

So what i did was take a tempature reading in my attic before they installed the unit.  I had a 40 degree change in temperature in my attic, which in turn made my house so much cooler.

I am no longer a skeptic on the solar powered attic fan and I would recommend this product to my family memebers.

Thanks NYC Daylighting

Frank L.