‘Pop-up’ LED companies proving detrimental for Building Owners

Building Owners and Facility Managers need to be careful of sales companies offering LED upgrades for free. These ‘pop-up’ companies are cashing in on the Government’s incentives and offering substandard products that can’t last the distance. This can pose huge complications down the track when Building Owners are stuck with products that are failing and these pop-up companies are nowhere to be found. The cost to rectify the work without any government incentive can be very expensive. Tenants should not engage pop-up companies on their own accord. Any type of lighting upgrade should seek approval from both the Facility Manager and owner of the building itself. On the positive side, there is a huge potential to have lighting upgraded and/or solar added to industrial and commercial premises with long term benefits for the Building Owner with the VEET scheme. If you haven’t already, then it’s time to take advantage of the energy saver incentive.

“Remember – you can only claim once.”

 

What is the VEET scheme?


As many of you aware, the Victorian Government has introduced a VEET (Victorian Energy Efficiency Target) scheme promoted as the Energy Saver Incentive on 1st January 2009 under the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Act 2007, administered by the Essential Services Commission (ESC). The main purpose of the scheme is to reduce greenhouse gases and to make energy efficiency improvements more affordable.

Under the scheme, accredited businesses can offer savings on selected energy reducing products for residential, commercial and industrial premises. These incentives are very attractive for industrial storage and manufacturing facilities, generally providing a ROI of less than two years, on the upgrade of existing conventional discharged lighting fittings to LED and/or the installation of solar panels.

Prolux Electrical Contractors can provide sustainability audits to determine the long term benefits to your tenants, while the incentives are still strong.

It’s our understanding that these incentives will be around for three more years, after that they may not be renewed. Therefore, it’s a perfect time to take advantage of the benefits that are currently available. This being said, it’s important that you are aware of the unaccredited pop-up companies that are doing the rounds trying to push their poor quality, inferior products onto Building Owners and Managers, with the promise of unjustifiable savings. You know the old saying, if it sounds too good to be true, then it usually is.

In order to classify for VEET approval, an LED fitting needs to emit a certain amount of lumens, along with achieving a particular lux level below. A lumen is specified as the total light output from a light source, regardless of the direction the light travels. Lux is defined as the level of brightness at a particular distance from the light source; one lux is equivalent to one lumen per square metre. A desired lux level can be achieved by tightening the beam angle (spread of light emitted from a luminaire), expressed in degrees. However, a building’s existing fittings are not taken into consideration for this evaluation and those fittings with a wide beam angle may be replaced with a narrow beam angle and are therefore not complying with Australian Standards.

A number of these pop-up companies are currently being investigated by the Essential Service Commission (ESC). Many are providing fittings with a 60 degree beam angle. By tightening the beam angle, companies have been able to achieve the adequate lux beneath the light, however the fittings aren’t providing a sufficient beam angle (spread of light), resulting in spots of darkness. Prolux ensures the fittings we use provide an adequate beam angle, which results in a more even light spread.

 

The beam angle of an LED light is initially determined by the ceiling height or the distance of an object from the light source, and the lux level that is required for a particular object or floor area. It is therefore important to remember that for given lumens output, actual lux levels at working or floor height will vary depending on the beam angle of the fitting used. A wide beam angle combined with a high ceiling will result in a lower level of overall light, as the majority of the light output would be absorbed by the surrounding areas. The opposite is true with a narrow beam angle combined with a low height ceiling, which would result in spotting (patches of darkness).

Prolux insist on obtaining an EM21 Test Report to prove that the running life of the fittings installed are guaranteed to sustain longevity. We will present the TM21 test reports (measuring lumen depreciation) for the fittings we provide.


Issues arising for Facility Managers and Building Owners include: 

  1. Getting caught out – they become liable for an accident caused by insufficient lighting if the tenant changes the lighting without the building owner’s approval.
  2. Inferior fittings start to fail or stop working inside their warranty – these pop-up companies are nowhere to be found and building owners are stuck with repair costs.
  3. Factories and warehouses underlit – buildings are then non compliant with Australian Safety Standards.
  4. Cutting on costs and quality – fittings aren’t performing or lasting the distance of warranty claims.
  5. No warranty backing with pop-up companies – will they still be around when their products fail?

“When you try for a warranty claim, these pop-up companies are gone.”

 

Significantly reduce electricity costs for your tenants


If you have a tenant with high electricity usage, Prolux can undertake a sustainability audit for the tenant and identify huge savings for them long term. If they choose to proceed with the works at their cost, then the Building Owner can also benefit with the upgraded asset, which is more attractive if the property ever sold or went up for a lease renewal. A Prolux site assessment would identify the potential for significant cost savings with the implementation of LED products for a commercial and industrial lighting installation. Many industrial and commercial premises have extremely inefficient existing lighting, which continues to escalate their energy bills. The fittings Prolux install are of very high quality, they are proven to be better than 95% of other lights on the market.

Just how efficient are LEDs?

LED can consume around 80% less power than a standard halogen light of equivalent brightness. Let’s look at the table below to compare.

Comparison of Light Types

Power Output Efficacy
Incandecent 60 watts 770 lm 13 lm/w
Halogen 50 watts 750 lm 15 lm/w
CFL 11 watts 740 lm 65 lm/w
LED 10 watts 720 lm 72 lm/w
A Comparison of Light Types. Table from Lighting Matters – Lumens, Lux & Efficacy; 2017.
(Luminous efficacy is a measure of how well a light source produces visible light. It is the ratio of luminous flux to power, measured in lumens per watt in SI).

 

What benefits and savings can be expected with an LED upgrade?

Take a look at an example…

Let’s look at a warehouse currently using 24 x 450w Metal Halide/HPS High Bays running for eight hours per day, five days per week, 52 weeks per year, totalling 2,080 hours per annum. Current annual power usage is 22,464kw and electricity costs are at $6,290.

By taking advantage of the Government’s VEET scheme and upgrading the warehouse to 24 x 130w LED High Bays, this tenant would reduce their energy costs by 75.7%, reduce their annual power usage to 6,240kw, and save $4,543 per year on electricity costs (running comparable hours).

The initial outlay on installation would cost the tenant $8,712, however taking advantage of the rebate would provide a $2,760 discount, with the out-of-pocket expense being $5,952 (ex gst); with a payback of 1.1 years. Proposed overall lighting savings each year would equate to $5,443, with an estimated cumulative ten year savings of $54,427. The LED High Bay would offer this tenant significant cost savings, with a much lower wattage usage, less maintenance (estimated at an additional $900 per year) and a wider beam angle – brighter lighting throughout the warehouse. The LEDs would come with a six year warranty period and an approximate 60,000 life hours of operation. They would also provide a greater light/lux level to what is currently installed and would offer much greater efficiency, whilst significantly reducing electrical building maintenance requirements.

 

Our warranties are backed by a 3 tier system:

  1. Prolux Electrical Contractors
  2. AWM – Australia’s largest electrical wholesaler, with over 300 stores nationally
  3. Light Planet – Lighting manufacturer, with offices in three countries

 

Contact Prolux Electrical Contractors on 1800 800 880 to arrange your building’s VEET scheme LED lighting site assessment and data review. Prolux will ensure you’ll have piece of mind with our accredited, 3 tier warranty.

Industrial lighting for the ultimate loft apartment

Put an end to tacky lights, with a fresh spin on industrial lighting.

Industrial decor is fast becoming the ‘must have look,’ why? Well, with the highly sort after city lifestyle, the location of many of these warehouses make them prime property for spectacular loft apartment conversions. The industrial and contemporary facade of these commercial buildings is a shell for the transformed interiors, highlighting such features as exposed pipes, metal and rustic finishings, exposed bricks and high ceilings. The unique architectural elements have merely maintained their former glory for state-of-the-art, residential living.

When it comes to designing for an industrial loft apartment, the main idea is to emphasise the unique structural elements, whilst reflecting the urban lifestyle. With this kind of transformation, industrial lighting is paramount. You want something that compliments the unique character and structure of your space, whilst providing the right kind of lighting solutions.

Loft decor of an industrial style can be easily distinguished from any other style. The living trend is relatively new – and is closely linked to rapid urbanisation. One of the main features of the industrial style is that the walls often keep their look – whether they are exposed brick or concrete, and the use of the impressive oversized windows. These large or unusually designed windows can take advantage of the abundance of natural light – which is required for the open plan interior – as that’s where the open plan interior benefits from.

These days, everybody knows how important the role of lights plays in the design of any space. Urban and industrial lighting designs are created with today’s demand on achieving creativity, whilst appreciating the raw and functional surrounding interiors. If you want your new space to really stand-out, then your choice of lighting will play a major role in achieving your industrial look, whilst providing you with adequate lighting for all areas.

 

Industrial & Contemporary Kitchen Lighting

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There is an ample range of industrial pendant lighting, industrial lamps, vintage and industrial chandeliers and feature lighting that will showcase an industrial design into your home, office, factory or apartment. Depending on your space, you could have any number of industrial lights to cater for your different lighting needs.

Light is so important because it not only performs a task, but creates a mood, whilst accentuating everything around it. Aesthetics, and of course lighting are equally as important as the lights themselves. The contrast between light and dark and the shapes that this contrast creates can emphasise certain areas and also help to diminish other areas you may want to conceal.

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Just remember, when it comes to decorating for an industrial look, you must consider the impact that lighting will have. Choose lighting fixtures that will give maximum light to areas that require bright illumination, such as the kitchen, but ensure they don’t detract from the overall atmosphere you’re trying to create. Lighting for outdoors requires a totally different set of specifications, but remember to keep with the industrial theme throughout.

Car Park & Stairwell Lighting LED installations, achieving great results

We are all aware of the specific benefits LED lighting has implemented for domestic, commercial and industrial buildings. The high demand for LED lighting is due to its energy efficiency, longevity and reduced energy consumption, resulting in major savings for facility managers and property owners.

5 major benefits of installing LED Retrofit Lights

  1. Great for the environment
  2. Reduced maintenance costs
  3. Lower energy costs
  4. High performance – bright lighting
  5. Very long service life

Commercial & Industrial LED Lighting: Corridor, Stairwell & Car Park Lighting

Facility Managers of commercial and industrial buildings, including retail and office premises are choosing to install LED Retrofit lighting over T5 lighting and florescent tubes, to reduce energy consumption, achieve immediate significant savings and to cut down on globe replacements and electrical maintenance.

“Decrease your lighting costs instantly.”

Facility Managers can’t be expected to be lighting specialists, but they do need to be aware of lighting restrictions and compliance issues. They need to be conversant with technology, for the best lighting that can be installed in the common areas of the building’s they’re managing, such as stairwell lighting, corridor lighting and car park lighting. Facility Managers need to focus on the long term benefits for their buildings: energy efficiency, operating life span and light depreciation factors, to manage and maintain an efficient energy rating for their buildings.

 

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Office LED Lighting

Property owners have a liability to ensure that the lights they have installed in their offices meet electrical compliance and office OH&S standards for their tenants. LED lights perform functions far more advanced than traditional lighting products, making them a perfect choice for offices, supermarkets, shops, cafes and retail stores where bright lighting is required to perform for long periods of time.

“Quality LED lighting products offers unbeatable lighting performance versus energy consumption.”

 

Why upgrade from T5 lighting to LED Retrofit Lighting?

T5 lamps were originally designed for indoor use for offices and commercial buildings. Being recessed into the ceiling meant they could sit flush within the ceiling and kept from being exposed to temperature changes. Unfortunately these lights have been used for common areas within buildings for which they are unsuitable for, especially car parks, where the T5 lights are exposed to lower, colder temperatures, which significantly reduces their light output.

“The maximum light output of T5 lighting of 100% is achieved at 35 percent, dropping to 60% at 15 degrees and 40% at 10 degrees Celsius.”

In Victoria, lighting levels must meet AS1680 requirements before energy saving certificates are granted. Furthermore, T5 adapters have been banned, as of 2015, due to non-compliance with electrical safety.

 

Prolux Electrical Contractors provide installation of LED lighting for all commercial and industrial applications. Ask us how we can achieve a 5 star energy rating for the buildings you manage. Call Prolux Electrical Contractors on 1800 800 880. 3/52 Corporate Boulevard, Bayswater VIC 3153

 

 

 

LED Lighting for the modern home

Energy conscious home-owners are quickly switching to LED lighting, for not only the savings, but also for the advanced capabilities and stunning lighting designs that are now available. There is no question that there are significant savings by installing LED lights over traditional lighting products, with the added life span of an additional 50,000 hrs plus.

“Quality LED lighting will be a greater expense than simply by replacing out-dated lights, but the savings that will be received long term makes the initial upfront cost well worthwhile.”

 

LED lighting that has been designed for homes are usually bright, with the dimmable options available to create ambiance for different room applications. One of the most important features of LED lighting is that it can be programed and controlled. Whether you’re after a downlight or light bulb, with LED lights the possibilities for innovative lighting ideas are endless…

 

Prolux Electrical Contractors provide installation for all types of lighting, including LED downlights and feature lighting for any room you’re wanting to bring to life.

Call Prolux Electrical Contractors on 1800 800 880
3/52 Corporate Boulevard, Bayswater VIC 3153

Outdoor Riding Arena Lighting & Stable Lights

Arena Lighting

Having your very own riding arena is a dream come true for many horse enthusiasts, but when it comes to designing the perfect arena, many riders purely focus on the surface, leaving the aspect of ‘lighting’ out of the equation, or to consider further down the track. It is important to plan for lighting at this early stage, even if you’re not thinking of installing lights until later. Why? Because the installation required for wiring lighting and light poles needs to be mapped out to ensure adequate space is allocate. And furthermore, your power supply will need to be accessed; a power upgrade may be required to manage the extra wattage that will be required to prevent an outage. If you’re going to be using your lights frequently, then LED lighting may be a more viable choice.

As many of us know finding the time to ride during daylight hours is proving rather difficult, especially when winter creeps up on us. Riding after work or school becomes impossible, when it can get dark by 5pm. But what if you could ride at night? Imagine the extra hours of training you’d be able to fit-in each and every week. This time of year is generally when most horse riders take a break or decrease the amount of hours they spend in the saddle, but think about this… with arena lighting you’ll be able to continue on riding throughout winter, hooray!

For lighting in indoor arenas, it is particularly important to have uniform light distribution. One of the most important points to consider in indoor arenas is the prevention of shadow and ‘light circles’. For general training, a lux level of 300 would be sufficient, however for competition riding a slightly higher lux of 500 would be recommended. For spectator viewed events, like dressage clinics and showjumping we’d recommend a lux level of up to 900. For televised events, you’d be looking at achieving a lux level of between 1000-2000.

  • Please note: We are a Melbourne based electrical contracting company and do not provide lighting templates or lighting installations (including lights) for interstate clients. Please contact an electrician in your area.

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Best lights for outdoor riding arenas

When it comes to choosing lights for your outdoor riding arena, it’s best to put as many lights on each pole as possible. For the most natural white light, Metal Halide (MH) fittings will provide the most intensity. These fittings generally need to be higher up due to the glare factor. High Pressure Sodium (HPS) fittings are a softer warner light, similar to street lighting, generally less glare but not as much punch as the metal halide lamps. Metal halide is less efficient than high pressure sodium. MH produces much less light per watt and produces more glare due to the blue light component. Both HPS and MH are not extremely efficient, however if you’re only using them for a couple of hours a night each week, then either of these fittings would be the best choice. HPS is a better choice for outdoor lighting applications. HPS provides better quality lighting at a lower cost and with less damage to the environment. Furthermore, MH fittings need to be changed more frequently, which can be a problem when they’re high up on poles.

If you’re riding most evenings under lights, then LED lights would be the best choice. LED lights will be more expensive to purchase, however they use about 1/3 less power than their predecessors. Selecting the correct wattage and height of the fittings will be determined when the electrician installs the lights.

Lighting poles height

Just as you put lots of thought into planning your arena you must also do the same when it comes to planning the lighting. At what height will you have your poles to hold the arena lights?

“It’s best to go for taller poles, as they cast smaller shadows on the horse and rider because the light strikes at a more vertical angle.”

The light poles will need to be placed symmetrically around the riding arena. The number of poles will depend upon the size of the arena, but a minimum of four is a must. This is to avoid shadows, which can in-turn spook your horse.

Will you require 3 phase power for your lights?

The expensive part of arena lighting is the installation, so you’ll need to think carefully about your power. It may be likely that your house doesn’t have enough electricity to support the extra power you’ll need for your arena lights, so you may end up with the dilemma of having to switch off all of the lights in your house to prevent blowing a fuse, or you may have to install a sub panel, which can be costly, or 3 phase power.

The electricity in your stable or shed areas may not be enough either. A 100amp supply is generally sufficient to support arena lighting. This planning stage is the perfect time to have an electrician come out and have a look at your power supply, so we can identify if an upgrade will be required.  We will also be able to do an analysis of your arena and determine exactly how much lighting is necessary.

“There is a certain amount of light that you’ll need for your riding arena, generally well lit, with 160 lux. A lux is the measure of a light’s intensity, the density of light that falls on a surface.”

Helpful hint: Don’t run conduit or wiring under your arena. If something goes wrong, you may have to dig-up the arena to make repairs down the track. This is a sure-fire way to ruin your arena. The base needs to be level throughout, and if one area is disturbed it will act as a sump and collect water. Always have the wiring in conduit and done around the outside of the arena.

Stable Lighting

You now have stables – fantastic, but what about suitable lighting? There are lots of factors that need to be taken into consideration when choosing the right lighting for your horse’s stable or shed area. You must ensure sufficient lighting is given to fulfil the purpose of lighting the designated area adequately.

Are fluoro’s bright enough to plait-up your Hack the night before?

Are LEDs best for equestrian centres that require their lights to be on for long periods of time? What lighting is best to ensure your horse has a great coat all year round?

Have you thought about using timers and light sensors for energy efficiency and saving on lighting costs?

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Best lighting for stable lights

Horses require visual contact. In dark or dimly lit stables there is much less of an opportunity for visual contact with other horses. This can cause horses to develop stable vices, such as wind sucking, weaving and cribbing, which are often caused by boredom.

When it comes to stable lighting, independent research has shown that a minimum light level of 150 to 200 lux is recommended under the Australian Standards. Lux is a standardised unit of measurement of the light intensity. The amount of power required to operate a light fitting is wattage. This light level, combined with a lighting regime of sixteen hours of light followed by 8 hours of darkness, produces positive results, described below.

Timers & Light Sensors

Timers and sensors work fabulously for added security and not to mention the added bonus of keeping your horse’s coat short throughout winter whilst stabled. The exposure to the extended period of light will naturally encourage your horse to grow a thinner winter coat, which makes a significant difference in terms of work and costs, e.g. for rugging and clipping and give you adequate lighting during the shorter day light hours throughout winter. Simply set the timers to turn on and off at whatever time of day or night it is to suit you and your horse’s needs.

Lighting for the health of your horse

Extending the day length by means of appropriate lighting influences melatonin production. Melatonin is also known as the sleep hormone. Light inhibits melatonin production and darkness accelerates it. In other words: more light means less sleep hormone and therefore healthier, more active horses. But if your main purpose for stable lighting is to lengthen the amount of light for your horse then you may want to avoid Metal Halide (MH) fittings, as they more effectively shut off melatonin production.

Lighting also plays an important role when it comes to breeding, because it has a significant influence on the hormone levels and fertility of your horse. You can extend the day length by simply installing lighting into your horse’s stable. By providing your horse with sixteen hours of light and a minimum level of 150 to 200 lux, (per light) prevents the onset of the shorter days throughout winter. Mares are also more likely to come into season (oestrus).

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Benefits of good lighting for horses

To sum up, good lighting in stables and indoor and outdoor riding arenas, combined with a good light level and the correct lighting regime, will result in:

  • healthier, more active horses
  • happier horses, with more opportunities for better visual contact
  • better fertility and hormone levels
  • thinner winter coat and less rugging required
  • no ‘shadows’ in outdoor riding arenas
  • no ‘light circles’ in indoor riding arenas

An unsuitable light level or lighting regime may have implications for the health, performance and welfare for your horse. Prolux Electrical Contractors can design a lighting plan to suit your horse’s needs. We offer full installation, taking the stress out of all aspects of your lighting and power requirements.

 

Prolux Electrical Contractors take into consideration the variables to determine the most cost effective and practical way to lighten-up your horsey areas, whether it be your stables, shed, tack-room, driveway or arena.

For great lighting solutions, call Prolux Electrical Contractors today on 1800 800 880.

 

Lighting Installation for your pool table

Just bought a pool table and don’t know what type of lights to hang above it?

Pool table lights are a great way to illuminate any pool room but more importantly they need to create the right kind of lighting. Their purpose is to light the table, not the room, floor or the players.

The lighting above your pool table should eliminate shadows and glare, to allow the players to clearly see the balls.

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                                                  Who can install pool table lights?

All electrical wiring, lighting fixtures and light globes should be fitted and installed by an electrician before a pool table is placed into the room. This way you avoid an electrician having to stand on your table to reach the lights, or the hassle of trying to manoeuvre a 500+kg table.

How many lights do I need for my pool table?

The amount of lights or pendants that you’ll need to sufficiently illuminate you pool table will depend on the size of the table itself. A smaller, seven foot table will need three lights. A medium sized, nine foot table will need three to four lights. A large, 12 foot snooker pool table will need five lights.

Pool Table lighting height

If your pool table lights hang too high then you’ll end up spending the night searching for your snooker balls. On the other hand, if your pool table lights hang too low, then you’ll have to avoid hitting them with you cue every shot. The lights should also be centred across the length and the width of the table and should be between 75 and 90cms above the table’s surface. Taking into consideration that most tables are around 74 to 79cms high, the bottom of the lights should be 152 to 167cms above the floor level.

“Pool table lights should hang so that the bottom of the lighting fixture is at the height of an average person’s nose.”

Furthermore, wattage is another component that needs to be considered for pool table lights, this can vary from 40 watts to 150 watts per globe; brighter is usually better.

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Pool Table Lighting installed by Prolux Electrical Contractors:

  • Modern pool table lights
  • Contemporary pool table lights
  • Rustic pool table lights
  • Traditional pool table lights
  • LED globes
  • LED lamp replacements
  • Pendant lights

Pendant Lights

Pendant lighting for your pool table is a great choice, whether it’s a single, double or triple lighting pendant. Pendant lights eliminate hot spots and shadows across the table and won’t annoy the player’s eyes with any glare.

“Pendant lamps are the best light fixture style for pool tables.”

A triple pendant light (three pendant lights hung in a row) won’t throw shadows onto the pool table and they will also evenly illuminate the surface of the pool table.

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LED Lights

Choosing LED lighting is a great way to improve energy efficiency and help the environment. By consuming less electricity you’ll be saving more on your electricity bill too. Upgrading to LED is beneficial to both residential homes commercial properties. LED light globes also have a longer life span, so you’ll save on electrical maintenance and light globe replacements.

“By choosing LED globes, you’ll save on your electricity bill.”

If you find your ideal pool table lighting, choose LED globes. The same design of light with an LED globe or globes will only cost approximately 15% more, but will save you money in the long run.

Now you’ve got your lighting sorted… Anyone for a game of pool?

The game of pool is sometimes mistaken for ‘snooker’ or ‘billiards’. Pool however is the correct term with billiards being a general term used to describe any game that’s played on a billiards table (with or without pockets). Snooker is in fact a game, involving 22 small balls on a six pocket table.

How much does a pool table cost?

You’d better start saving if you’re looking at decking out your pool room. The standard seven foot pool table starts at approximately $3,000, however a very basic, light weight table may cost as little as a few hundred dollars, but they aren’t built for quality or to last. A traditional, solid, hardwood, slate base table lined with premium cloth and hand fluted legs will be an investment of between $8,000 – $20,000, ranging from seven foot through to 12 foot tables. And don’t forget all of the accessories you’ll need: pool balls, pool cues, chalk and the storage rack.

Prolux Electrical Contractors are Melbourne electricians who provide a great range of lighting solutions for your next lighting project. 

Call Prolux today on 1800 800 880 for lighting installation throughout Melbourne.

Chameleon LED Lighting Solutions

Save energy and reduce your lighting costs…

Case Study
Car park lighting – installation of Chameleon LED lights

Problem
To improve lighting in underground car park. Lighting currently used is halogen globes and the company is requesting to save costs, reduce energy consumption and the frequency of service and maintenance required for these lights also.

Scope of Works
To install LED tubes as a direct replacement to the fluorescent tubes currently in place. To remove 232 x 36w tubes from 116 existing twin fluoro fittings. The project consists of opening up the fittings, bypassing the ballast and starter and re-assembling the fitting. Installing 232 LED tubes with a microwave sensor will reduce the lights to 30% brightness after no motion is detected (integrated microwave sensor instantly turns the light to full power mode once a presence is detected in the area). Furthermore, removing 117 x 36w tubes from one side of the existing emergency battens and fitting a new tube with a microwave sensor will again reduce the lights to 30% brightness after no motion is detection. Only one side can be done, as the other side must remain as a fluoro tube so the emergency light will operate correctly. Replace lighting in store room to LEDs (a premium LED replacement will last 20,000 hours). Supply, wire and install 5 x replacement LED globes to the store room area on level 6. Supply, wire and install motion detector controls for the above lights and remove the key switch control.

“Did you know lighting can make up to 80% of your total electricity bill?”

Outcome and Benefits
LED tube change over to car park to reduce energy consumption by up to 90% and CO2 emission by 200.3 tonnes p.a. A financial cost saving for the company of $160,000 by Year 5 and a maintenance and electrical saving for the company of $35,438 by Year 5; significant savings. Furthermore, a benefit of an annual electrical consumption reduction from 160,000 kWh to 20,000 kWh.

“On average, most companies will save over 50% on their overall lighting cost.”

Conclusion and Recommendations
Replace all 236 T8 Fluoro Tube 1200mm lamps/lights (double and single) with Chameleon 10 Chip lamps/lights in the car park. The Chameleon provides light when it is needed. It is designed for use in fire stairs, car parks and service corridors. It has a generous integrated heat sink to maximise LED performance supporting a life span of 50,000 hours. It also has a keyed lock for fast & easy removal of fixture, without requiring power to be isolated if required. Data logging of completed installations has demonstrated use of these areas of less than 3%, enabling industry leading energy saving results.

“Every kilowatt per hour saved in lighting can help save greenhouse gas emissions.”

 

Call Prolux Electrical Contractors today on 1800 800 880 for a discussion on how we can help you achieve maximum energy efficiency for your building’s lighting requirements.