LED Lighting Panels

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.

Thermographic Scanning of Switchboards

Many Property Managers and Facility Managers understand the need for thermal imaging, but don’t truly understand what the resulting scans mean for the properties they manage.

Thermography enables us to skillfully see what cannot be seen by the naked eye. We can interpret infrared imaging to determine any areas of concern and inevitably prevent havoc. At Prolux Electrical Contractors, our electricians are trained and experienced in both qualitative and quantitative thermography, to test your switchboards for any electrical and mechanical concerns, essentially providing you piece of mind, with a detailed diagnosis of your building’s electrical health.

We can show you if anything is hotter, or colder, than it should be. We can then do something about it for you, before it becomes a very serious problem! Seeing is believing…”

What is Thermal Imaging?

Thermal Imaging is a process of viewing heat, generated from an electrical switchboard. The more power a device draws from a switchboard, or if there is a malfunctioning component in a switchboard, the more heat that is generated and will therefore be detected through a thermal image. Infrared cameras are used to capture the thermo graphic image. In the electrical industry it also call thermoscanning.

Thermal Imaging is a mandatory component of your building’s Preventative Maintenance

When any one of the following areas of concern is present in a switchboard, it can generate excess heat and stress on the board, and left undetected can cause a full or partial power outage to the building that can be very disruptive for your tenants:

• Loose terminals
• Undersized cables
• Faulty fuses or circuit breakers
• Incorrectly fitted components

How to read a Thermal Imaging Report

A switchboard’s temperature has to be matched against the ambient room’s temperature in order to be able to identify if and where there’s a potential hazard. If the switchboard’s under too much stress or it is too hot, then the internal elements may ignite, with the results being catastrophic. The darker the colour means the cooler the element or area is. The lighter the colour means the area is warmer and generally under more stress. As seen in the example shown above, ‘purple’ signals COOL and ‘yellow – white’ signals WARM – HOT, in respect to the ambient room temperature.

How much does Thermal Imaging cost?

For a 15 story building encompassing 16 switchboards (one public board per level plus one Main Switchboard), thermal imaging can cost between $1,800.00 and $2,000.00.

How often does a switchboard need a Thermal Imaging test?

Thermal imaging for all your building’s switchboards should be carried out every 12 months and more frequently if environmental conditions are influential. Many insurance companies are now making thermal imaging a condition of policy renewal.

Will there be disruption to my building’s power supply during a Thermal Imaging test?

Thermography is a non-destructive defect testing technique, which means there’s no interference to your building’s power supply during a preventative maintenance check. Switchboard thermo scanning is undertaken while the equipment is on-line and running at normal capacity. By monitoring temperatures and thermal patterns this allows for an early detection of possible faults, indicated by a rise in temperature.

Book a thermal imaging test for your building’s switchboard with Prolux Electrical Contractors today.


Call Prolux Electrical Contractors on 1800 800 880.
The Melbourne electrician for all of your switchboard repairs, switchboard upgrades and thermal imaging tests.

3/52 Corporate Boulevard, Bayswater VIC 3153

How can I reduce my Electricity Bill?

How can I reduce my Electricity Bill?

Identifying the key areas relating to your household’s electricity bill is paramount in keeping energy costs down.


What are the main areas of energy consumption in households across Melbourne?

Firstly you need to ask yourself ‘what facilities in my home consume the most energy?’ By understanding the way in which you use energy within your home will help you save money. Let’s look at what consumes the most energy in the average Melbourne household. Heating and cooling tops the chart with approximately 40%, followed by water heating at around 25%. Household appliances equates for approximately 18% (including those in stand-by mode), with fridges and freezers consuming around 6% as does lighting with 6% and finally cooking with an average of 5%.


What appliances in my home are costing me the most to run?

Ducted air conditioners and heaters use the most energy, followed by electric hot water units, plasma TVs, large LCD TVs, fridges/freezers and clothes dryers. These may vary depending on the models used, age of appliances, wattage and usage rates; averages only.

If you have a swimming pool or large spa they’ll use around 1,500kWh-3,000kWh of electricity per year with running costs of between $600 and $1,200; running costs dependent on the type and size of the pump, how long it’s run for and whether it’s heated.


Tips to help you save $

Water Heating / Shower: Did you know that switching your high pressure shower head from a high flowing nozzle to a 3 star rated shower head can reduce your usage by half? And don’t forget to switch off your hot water service when you’re going away!

Laundry / Washing: Wash in cold water. Detergents on the market these days provide great cleaning results washing in cold water and it’s better for the environment.

Heating in winter and cooling in summer: For each degree below the recommended level for summer and degree above for winter will increase your household’s energy consumption by around 10%. Remember 24-26 degrees for air conditioning in summer and 18-20 degrees for heating in winter.

Check and save $: Do you have an off peak rate? If so, when is it? Why not take advantage of the cheaper time slots and switch on your washing machine or dishwasher during that time. It’s also important to keep an eye on your electricity bills to monitor any price increases – switch if you’re not happy or find a better supplier to suit your needs.