‘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

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.

LED Lighting Panels – Electrician Melbourne

T-Bar office lighting is the most common type of office lighting. As a Property Manager, you would have come across these types of fittings, however these days with electricity prices on the rise, they are an expensive option to run and electrical maintenance costs can get expensive as these fittings age. A ten year old office building with 100 twin T-Bar Fluorescent fittings could spend up to $6,080 per year on running costs and up to $2,180 per year on maintenance.

There is a simple solution, most office T-Bar lighting can be changed over to a Retrofit LED Panel. It’s a simple process, usually fitting in the exact same spot without any changes to the ceiling. LED panels use less than half the power of a twin fluorescent fitting and there is no maintenance. If we use the above example; a ten year old office building with 100 LED Retrofit panels could spend up to $2,500 per year on running costs and $0.00 per year on maintenance. LED Retrofit panels can be supplied and installed for less than $200 each. They come in different sizes to suit the existing T-Bar ceiling configuration. These savings speak for themselves.