Victorian Energy Upgrades Program achieving great results for Property Owners

The Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) Program, implemented by the Victorian Government continues to achieve great results for Property Owners.

The program was implemented by the Victorian Government in order to:

  • contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases
  • make energy efficiency improvements more affordable
  • encourage investment, employment and innovation in industries that supply energy efficiency goods and services

Under the program, Facility Managers have had access to applying for and achieving sustainable solutions for the commercial and industrial buildings they manage, with the installation or ‘change-over’ of new LED lighting. These upgrades have provided huge energy-savings, whilst greatly improving energy efficiency.


What’s ahead for Property Owners under the VEU Program?

Recent framework suggests that the building sector could potentially deliver a 23% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030, with projected reductions reaching up to 55% by 2050.

Property Owners and Facility Managers are key to unlocking energy efficiency potential in the mid-tier sector. Being responsible for leases and capital expenditure, it’s important for both to be well-informed in all main aspects of energy efficiency and to understand how energy efficiency affects tenant satisfaction and retention, asset value and rental returns.

‘Long term asset planning, that incorporates comprehensive energy performance, can contribute to significant operational savings over the lifetime of the system.’

Whilst Facility Managers and Building Owners work at the core of energy efficiency in buildings, it’s important to incorporate tenant’s needs, whilst integrating with new technology. Facility Managers need to understand and drive building performance in terms of energy efficiency, both during general operation and during maintenance works.

Proactive asset management in energy efficiency, along with a strong capacity of building knowledge is highly influential in achieving performance goals in the mid-tier sector. Facility Managers and service providers need to understand building performance whilst advocating on energy efficiency to owners, contractors and other service providers.

Feedback received from Facility Managers following LED lighting upgrades has reported their jobs to have been made easier, due to:

  • Reduced energy bills
  • Reduced tenant complaints
  • Reduced maintenance costs, including fewer site visits to rectify problems
  • A reduction in response times for detecting and fixing issues
  • Reduced manual interventions; within the control process and system
  • An increased understanding of ways to both manage and improve energy performance across building systems


Looking to achieve sustainable solutions? Prolux provide accredited LED lighting upgrades and power solutions for all commercial and industrial buildings. Call Prolux today for a building appraisal 1800 800 880.

Dexus in full control with state-of-the-art C-Bus Lighting Centralisation

Case Study: C-Bus Lighting Centralisation


Client: Dexus
Location: 360 Collins St, Melbourne VIC
Project Summary: Provide a centralised C-Bus lighting system for all common areas from Level 1 to Level 35 to be controlled and programmed remotely.


360 Collins Street is one of Melbourne’s most prestigious buildings, offering 35 levels of prime office space. Prolux are the electrical maintenance contractors for the A-grade building and have identified the opportunity to greatly improve the lighting control and efficiency within the complex.


Prolux identified the following issues within the building:

  • Each floor above Level 13 was completely independent – no location where all common areas could be controlled from.
  • Each floor above Level 13 identified multiple instances where common area C-Bus supply was fed from tenancy distribution boards and vice versa – problematic when tenant’s left site (turning their power off took out common area C-Bus).
  • No way to monitor energy consumption of common areas – unable to viably source this information or modify programming to provide energy savings.
  • Issues in common areas when works were done in tenancies and vice versa – several floors through the entire building that shared C-Bus cabling for common area and tenancies.
  • Not one database for the entire building – other contractors whom attended site made damaging alterations to programming on different levels, which lead to problematic re-configuring.


The project was to provide a centralised system for all common areas from Level 1 to Level 35 that could be controlled and programmed remotely to facilitate:

  1. Ease of programming for the incumbent.
  2. Full control and monitoring of the system for other programmers – Head End computer linked to the client’s FM office management system.


A distributed intelligent lighting control system was provided to the base building at 360 Collins St. The base building lighting control system was set-up as independent and separate to the tenancy lighting control system, with the ability to be integrated at a later date. The following works were carried out:

  • A local Head End PC already located within the Level 13 electrical riser was utilised to control the entire lighting control system from a central location.
  • C-Bus Controllers were provided for the base building and installed within the lighting distribution boards on each floor.
  • The C-Bus Head End PC and software were configured with control pages for the house lighting and provided time schedules, logic, monitoring and manual override of the house lighting.
  • Lighting control was implemented by programmable DIN rail mounted DALI gateways and relays, with motion sensors controlling the lighting within the area.
  • A special setting was included that allowed for shutting down of the lighting for events such as Earth Hour.

C-Bus Lighting Controls

The lighting control at 360 Collins St falls under three control categories:

  • Automatic – no input required by the end user
  • Semi-automatic – the end user to control, but after an amount of time where no motion has been detected the sensor will automatically switch the lighting off
  • Manual – the end user to control

Automatic C-Bus Lighting Control

Areas falling under automatic control are areas whose main sources of control are only through PIR sensors (passive infrared – an electronic sensor that measures infrared (IR) light radiating from objects in its field of view) and time clock scheduling (turns lights on and off, sets lighting levels for different times of the day and changes the lighting profile for after-hours mode).

Groups that are automatically controlled are likely to be dependent on:

  • the time of day (e.g. business hours)
  • the condition at the time (e.g. sunset)
  • whether there has been presence detected or absence confirmed, or combination of these

Semi-Automatic C-Bus Lighting Control

Areas falling under semi-automatic are areas whose main sources of control are through PIR sensors or a lighting control panel. Areas with this control type are usually within enclosed spaces and have two methods of altering the lighting: through detection of movement via sensor or through a manual user input via the lighting control panel (or combination of both). These areas are not affected by time clock.

Manual C-Bus Lighting Control

Manual control, where the end user makes a deliberate action to control a group. Lighting control panels indicate the state of a group, either ‘on’ or ‘off’ with an illuminated LED. Manual control is also possible for direct control to all areas through the use of a Head End PC.

Functionality – House Areas

These areas operate under an automatic control. Detection of movement via PIR sensors is the main source of input that provides switching of lighting within the space. Behaviour of the sensors depends on the time of the day. During business hours, sensors will operate to turn lights ‘on,’ but will not switch lights ‘off’ until after hours is triggered. During after hours, sensors will operate with a timeout of 30 minutes and set lighting ‘on’ to 100% upon motion. After 30 minutes of no motion detection, lighting will switch to 0%. If at any time motion is detected, lighting will return to 100% and the 30 minute timeout will re-trigger.

Lighting Control Server

The House Lighting Control System has been provided with a C-Bus Head End PC and software located within the Level 13 electrical riser. The C-Bus software will allow for control and monitoring of the house lighting from a central location, as well as the ability to adjust time schedules for the tenancy as needed. General buttons to control each floor is shown in the example template below.

Floor House Lighting Layout

Each floor contains three sections to control and monitor. These buttons will change the state of the whole floor as described:

  1. Status – This shows if the area is in business hours or after hours
  2. Lighting status – This shows the status of the lights in the area. The lights will be able to be controlled also
  3. Manual overrides – Where all lighting will be switched ‘on’ and ‘off’. The sensors can be disabled and enabled from here too
  4. Earth Hour – A schedule has been set up to turn the building ‘off’ for events like Earth Hour

This layout is presented when a level is chosen from the Head End PC on Level 13. From here they will be able to:

  1. Observe the building status – This will inform whether the building in is business hours or after hours
  2. Observe the lighting status of the lights on the floor – There will also be a manual control to turn the lights ‘on’ and ‘off’
  3. Manual overrides for the floor – There will be an override for a master ‘off’, ‘on’ and a button to enable and disable the sensors too


The significant benefits for Dexus have been greater energy efficiency, extra security and a reduction in energy costs.

The ability to fully control any space within the building, achieve the right look and feel as desired is the ultimate in convenience for any client.

Having such enhanced lighting control with C-Bus Automation eliminates any unnecessary running hours. The energy saving measures will also extend the life of light fittings, which will be a significant cost saving over the life of the building.


Prolux supplied and installed:

  • The new back bone communications cable from Level 13 to the new rack on Level 24
  • New cabling was installed from Level 13 to Level 35 to revert back to the Level 24 cabinet from the newly installed area controllers on each level
  • New C-Bus power supplies, cabinets and relays (when required) were also installed to facilitate the full separation of the base building from tenancy’s C-Bus on each level.


To find out how C-Bus Centralisation can improve the efficiency of your commercial building call Prolux Electrical Contractors today on 1800 800 880.

The countdown is on for the 2020 ban on Halogen light bulbs

September 2020 marks the cut-off date for the nationwide ban on halogen light bulbs.

The halogen ban was announced in February 2018 at the COAG Energy Council meeting.

Ministers met to discuss their top priority – ensuring the security, reliability, affordability and sustainability of the electricity market whilst working towards a lower emissions future.

Many consumers have already made the change and prefer LED products. Good quality LED lamps can last up to 15 times longer than halogen lamps and consume one-quarter of the energy to produce the same amount of light output, said Lighting Council Chief Executive Richard Mulcahy.

It is expected that shops will phase out halogen lights before the ban comes in effect. The bulbs are manufactured overseas and then imported into Australia, so once current stock depletes the bulbs will be phased out.

It should be noted however that there will still be a small number of exemptions for applications where LED technology is not yet suitable e.g. oven lights (high temperature) and particular theatrical lighting.

The bulb switch estimates to save Australian consumers in excess of 1.5 billion, over the next 10 years.


Why are Halogen light bulbs being phased out?

Halogen bulbs are quite hot to touch, due to the halogen gas sealed within the bulb. They have been linked to fires, and are essentially a fire hazard. Halogen bulbs are quite expensive to run and they are harmful to the environment, with their inefficiency converting all the electrical energy into heat rather than light. So why use them in the first place? Put simply, they look good.

The Federal Government’s policy is mirroring action being taken in Europe to totally phase out halogen lights by 2020 and introduce minimum standards for LED lights; minimum efficiency requirements of 85 lumens per watt and a maximum standby power of 0.5W on all light sources as part of a review of the Ecodesign laws.


Still need to upgrade your workplace to LED lighting or looking for ways to save on energy?

Call us today on 1800 800 880 for a free ProGreen Sustainable Solutions Audit at your workplace.


Stimulate productivity with the ‘Best Warehouse and Office Lighting Solutions.’

Just as with any other lighting concept, lighting for an office fit-out or commercial building needs to be fit for purpose, energy efficient and cost effective. Lighting installation must fit in with the style of the building’s design and provide optimal light dependent on the visual tasks that are to be undertaken; this requires a balance of indirect and direct light sources and between daylight and artificial light.

In the workplace, it’s safe to say that we want to stimulate productivity, right? Therefore, the optimum level of light must be present to avoid issues, such as lack of concentration or eye strain. The level of lighting emanating from a lamp is referred to as the illuminance.  The way in which this is measured, is referred to as Lux. A minimum of 500 Lux is stated for the brightness within office work stations. Generally speaking, an increase in illuminance boosts the visual performance and can positively influence detailed and fast visual information processing. An illuminance of between 500 and 1000 Lux can also be seen as stress-free, now that’s something we’ll all endorse. The more complex the visual task, the higher the illuminance is sought.


Types of Office Lighting

T12 Lamps | T8 Lamps | T5 Lamps | Halogen Lamps

Quite simply, ‘T’ is the diameter of the tube inside of the lamp.  That would make T12 the largest, T8 smaller, and the T5 smaller yet.  Typically, the more narrow the lamp, the more efficient it will be.  All lamps have a general life expectancy of around 36,000 hours, running for 12 hours per day. In regards to costs, the T8 lamp is roughly 20% more expensive than a T12 lamp, with the T5 lamp being 2-3 times the cost of T8 lamp.

  • T12 lamps are old and inefficient
  • T8 lamps have higher efficiency
  • T5 lamps have the highest efficiency

When it comes to comparing brightness (or lumen output as it’s technically known).  This, among other factors is an important part of determining different levels of efficiency. The two characteristics of light that we like to look at are quality – Colour Rendering Index (CRI) and quantity – Lumen’s per Watt (LPW).

In some circumstances a T5 lamp (as shown below) can in fact be the same quality as a T8 lamp and although there may be only a slight increase in the quantity (factors like ceiling height can affect this), it may not be significant enough to justify spending extra for a slight variable. Furthermore, if you’re considering replacing the lamp, there would also be the extra spent to replace the fixture, lamp and the ballast. But, if you have an old T12 lamp, then it would be recommended to install a T5 lamp. Compared to 400-watt universally mounted Metal Halide Lamps, T5 lamps can save up to 40 system watts per fixture and deliver as much as 75 percent longer lamp life. Maintenance costs can also be reduced as well.

The halogen lamp is known for its moderately high efficiency, quality of light and high rated life, compared to the regular incandescent lamps. It is a type of incandescent lamp, which uses a halogen gas in order to increase both light output and rated life.

Compact Fluorescent (CFL) & Incandescent

CFLs are most commonly used as screw-in replacements for incandescent lamps. Incandescent lamps are probably what you imagine when you think of the traditional light bulb. They are most often found in exit lights.

Metal Halides

Metal halides are dome shapes lights that are found in factories and offices with high ceilings. They resemble a screw-in incandescent lamp, but on a much larger scale.

LED Lighting

LEDs consume around 80% less power than a standard halogen light of equivalent brightness. LED fixtures have been designed to replace nearly any other fixtures design. They’re a great choice for the long term energy and cost conscious workplace. If you haven’t already taken advantage of the State Government’s VEET scheme for LED lighting installation, then what are you waiting for?

Emergency & Exit Lighting

Need to get out in a hurry? Emergency & Exit Lighting signs are required by the Building Code of Australia’s regulatory standards to be installed on every level of a Class 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 Building where the floor area is more than 300m2, and  in every passageway, corridor, hallway, or the like, having a length of more than 6 metres from the entrance doorway of any sole-occupancy unit in a Class 2 or 3 building or Class 4 part of a building to the nearest doorway opening.


Warehouse Lighting

High Bays

High bay lighting is a great solution for large industrial and commercial warehouses that require maximum brightness at lower costs. They use up far less power than traditional lighting whilst providing an even beam of light for high area, over a large space.

Linear and T-Bar Troffer Lights

T-Bar panels are a complete fitting replacement for traditional fluorescent fittings, or perfect for new lighting installations where they can be recessed, suspended or surface mounted. Many offices have begun replacing their common grilles with T-Bar panel lights, as they emit a soft light without glare and disperse direct light around a room.

Speciality Lighting for the Office


Do you require a lot of direct lighting? Down lights are a great option for home and office lighting, because they’re very flexible in terms of the amount and type of light they provide. They’re perfect for ambient lighting as they can be installed around the edge of a room (recessed into ceiling space), and dimmed to the level of light that you require. Down lights are also a great choice for use as task lighting, where you need a lot of direct bright light, as they throw a narrow beam of light downwards.  All are circular in shape, but different coloured trims are provided which allows you to pick a colour that will suit the room’s decor. The most commonly used bulb in a down light is a halogen bulb, however compact fluorescent bulbs and LED bulbs are quickly becoming the preferred choice due to their energy efficiency.

Track Lighting

Looking to light up an area in a creative way? Track lighting – ceiling mounted from metal tracks is most often used to highlight displays in lobbies or along hallways.  This type of lighting is very effective at drawing attention to key areas.

Pendant Lighting

Everybody loves a pendant light, versatile and uber stylish; they come in a countless array of styles, shapes, colours and alike. They are sometime called drop or suspended lighting, because they hang from above – usually from the ceiling by a cord, chain or metal rod. Pendant lights often come in multiples and create a focused source of light for dark areas, incorporating a unique decorative element. Great choice when floor space is a priority, as they take up much less space than floor lamps.


Too bright? Easy, just turn the lighting down with a dimmer. Controlling the amount of light gives you full control with the ability to instantly adjust the required amount of light for a task and as an added bonus it helps with energy consumption also.


Want to make a statement? Install a chandelier in the foyer, reception area or hallway of any office and you’ll be sure to create a grand first impression.

Chandeliers are different from pendant lighting as they consist of multiple lamps and hang in a branched frame.

As great as chandeliers are, they can present some challenges. Knowing correct sizing and how high to hang one can prove tricky. A simple rule is not to hang it any closer than four feet from any wall and hang a chandelier low enough so they light up the desired area, but not so low that anybody will hit their head.

Cove Lighting

Why not snazz things up a bit with cove lighting? This form of indirect lighting is built into ledges or other recesses and illuminates both the ceiling and the adjacent walls for a truly beautiful lighting effect.

Office Lighting Checklist:

  • Is there sufficient natural light in the workspace?
  • Does the selected lighting correspond with the visual task(s)?
  • Is the balance of direct and indirect light guaranteed?
  • Is there a need for optimisation in regards to the use of energy saving lamps?
  • Are you using glare- free and flicker-free lighting?
  • Is the light intensity in the workspace individually adjustable?
  • Are you using pleasing, bright colours – warm white, neutral white?
  • Are you avoiding glare and distracting reflections?


We make choosing the right lighting for your office an easy process.

Call Prolux Electrical Contractors today on 1800 800 880 and let us transform your commercial or industrial workplace with lighting solutions that will stimulate productivity. 

‘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