Voltage Optimisation | Energy Saving Technology

What is Voltage Optimisation? How does Voltage Optimisation work?

Voltage Optimisation is an energy saving technology that once installed with the main electricity supply will work to optimise and regulate the incoming power to a building, ensuring that energy savings are maximised, without compromising the voltage power that is required.

How can you save money?
The Powerstar range of Voltage Optimisation units are uniquely designed with an efficiency rating of 99.91%. Along with the main benefits of reducing electricity costs and carbon emissions, clients also benefit from reducing their maintenance costs. The standard Australian voltage supply to a building is 230V, however the average voltage emitted from the National Grid is 247V (although it can be as high as 253V). You could be paying for electricity your building doesn’t require.

Installation of a Voltage Optimisation unit at Melbourne University’s Law Building. This particular unit saved our client over $30,000 on their annual electricity bills, without making any other adjustments. The return on their investment was three years.

What’s involved?
1. Visit site – we review your building’s voltage, free of charge

2. Detailed analysis – provide you with a data report of your building’s electricity consumption

3. Provide savings – we guarantee that if your building uses more than 230V we can save you money. If the minimum savings are not achieved, we will provide payment to compensate for the difference between your actual savings and our guaranteed savings. Our warranty includes parts and labour for a 15 year period.

You can achieve more than 90% in savings… 

Introducing the new LED High Bay from Maser

Whether you need to upgrade industrial lighting in an existing facility, or select lighting for a new construction project, the most energy-efficient LED lighting choice is the Digital Lumens Intelligent Lighting System. Why? The Digital Lumens System features smart LED luminaires – all with built-in occupancy and daylight harvesting sensors, wireless networking, and fully integrated controls.

By building intelligence into the entire system and into every fixture, the Digital Lumens System provides light when and where it’s needed to minimise energy consumption. It also gathers and reports on all of your lighting usage for an unparalleled insight into how and where lighting is used.

The new Maser intelligent High Bay light fitting is perfect for warehouses, manufacturing premises, cold storage facilities, maintenance depots, airline hangers and more.

• Five year warranty on the entire system
• Rated life of 107 000+ hours (ILE Series) & 200 000+ hours (DLE Series)
• Listing on the Design Lights Consortium Qualified Products List
• CE, UL/cUL, NOM, C-Tick and other listings covering the entire fixture

For more information on how we can save building owners thousands on electricity, call Prolux Electrical Contractors on 1800 800 880 for a no obligation proposal today.

Exit Signs & Exit Lights – The regulations Building Managers need to know

On May 1st, 2014 an amendment to E4.8 of the National Construction Code of Australia (NCC) was implemented, permitting the use of photoluminescent (PL) exit lights and signs. All PL exit signs must now have a dedicated, uninterrupted light source and emergency luminaire backup. An escape or exit sign luminaire maintained in operation does comply with the current regulations and is the preferred option for this purpose.

How should PL exit signs be used?
This has been an area of concern amongst electricians, building owners and building managers, as to how PL exit signs may be used. When installing a PL exit sign, it also requires the installation of two additional luminaires. It firstly stipulates that a PL exit sign must have a dedicated, uninterrupted light source continuously illuminating 100 lux onto the face of the sign and secondly, that an emergency luminaire must be installed within 2 metres of an exit door or where there is a dedicated point of entry/exit. Unlike electrically powered exit signs, PL material cannot achieve a light output to be classified as an emergency luminaire, so the additional emergency luminaire is essential for it to stay well lit and for the required duration of 60 minutes following a power failure.

What are the safety and legal regulations?
Exit and emergency lighting, or escape lights are an essential occupational health and safety device. Therefore, there are legal requirements which must be complied with; the NCC and AS/NZS 2293.1 and the WH&S legislation. In Victoria the maximum penalties for a corporation are $1.3 million dollars and $625,000 respectively, and significant financial penalties and possible imprisonment are imposed for serious breaches by an individual.

What are the costs associated with Luminaire LED and PL exit signs?
The installation costs associated with the two additional luminaires does have a significant price impact. The supply and installation cost of a standard LED exit sign is approximately $250, with the ongoing energy costs of $3.16 per year. The supply and installation cost of a PL exit sign, accompanying emergency light and separate luminating light source is approximately $550, with the ongoing energy costs of around $21.56 per year. In addition to these costs, there are the expenses associated with the ongoing maintenance. (A detailed breakdown is available from Lighting Council of Australia.)

*Lighting Council Australia

Call Prolux Electrical Contractors on 1800 800 880 for a no obligation discussion on how we can provide you with programmed electrical maintenance for the buildings you manage.