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.


                                                  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.








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.


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

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

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.

Do you know the restrictions relating to the amount of Artificial Lighting and Power permitted?

What are the restrictions relating to Artificial Lighting and Power for Buildings?

It’s important to know the regulations of the Commercial Building(s) you’re managing. Non-Residential incorporates Classes 3 and 5 through to 9 and for the Common Areas of Class 2 Buildings. Section J of the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) outlines the National Construction Code (NCC) requirements for Artificial Lighting & Power and Building Classes. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Section J, it assesses the compliance of the energy efficiency measures in the Artificial Lighting and Power Design and must be adhered to in all buildings.

The Lighting Calculator for Property Managers…

As a Property Manager, you can be faced with the difficult task of making sure each building complies with strict regulations. Prolux Electrical Contractors can assist in identifying lighting and power requirements and can provide you with valuable solutions. Furthermore, the Lighting Calculator has been designed by the ABCB to assist in developing a better understanding of lighting energy efficiency parameters. To put in simply, it helps you to identify the wattage per square metre for each room, to work out the Illumination Power Density for areas outlined, while taking into consideration all variable factors. Illumination Power Density is the total power that would be consumed by lights in any given space, this includes lamps, ballasts (device to limit the amount of current in an electric circuit), current regulators and control devices (lighting timer, motion detectors or dimming devices) other than those that are plugged directly into a socket outlet for intermittent use, such as floor standing lamps, desk lamps or work station lamps, divided by the floor area of the space. Multiple Lighting Systems refers to the Illumination Power Load when multiple lighting systems serve the same space.

Download the NCC Lighting Calculator

Just a few properties Prolux Electrical Contractors have serviced, in and around Melbourne’s CBD…

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Building Classes:

Class 1a – Detached, Terrace, Townhouse or Villa
Class 1b – Guesthouse
Class 2 – Two or more Sole Occupancy Units
Class 3 – Accommodation or Residence in Public Building
Class 4 – Only Dwelling in Class 5,6,7,8 or 9 Building
Class 5 – Office Building
Class 6 – Shop Building
Class 7a – Car Park
Class 7b – Warehouse – Storage or Display
Class 8 – Laboratory or Building used for production
Class 9a – Health Care Building
Class 9b – Public Assembly Building
Class 9c – Aged Care Building
Class 10a – Sheds and Garages
Class 10b – Non-Habitable Structure

How many Watts per Square Metre can Building Owners and Tenants use under ABCB guidelines?

–  For lighting indoors – 5 watts per square metre
–  For lighting in outdoor areas, including pergolas – 4 watts per square metre
–  For lighting in garages or sheds – 3 watts per square metre

These percentages relate to maximum usages. Exceptions to this rule only exist when certain lighting controls are used, and this may vary depending on specific structures and set-ups. An LED globe, for example, may use a tenth of the power that a halogen globe uses to create an equivalent amount and style of light. Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) also offer significant energy savings. Lighting variables can alter these figures; dimmers and motion detectors and lighting regulations don’t account for lamps and other non-permanent lighting fittings either, provided that they’re not directly wired in. Body Corporate Managers must ensure there is adequate public lighting to illuminate all hallways and common areas, or risk liability. In regards to light fittings, if they are recessed in the ceiling, it is the Owners Corporation’s responsibility. If it hangs into the lot, it’s the owner’s responsibility.

What does all this mean for Property Managers?

The table below identifies the Wattage per Square Metre for Non-Residential Buildings.

Wattage per Sq/M                           Power Density for Specific Area
9 watts                                                Office – artificially lit to 200lx or more
7 watts                                                Office – artificially lit to less than 200lx
5 watts                                                Service Area (Change Room, Staff Room)
6 watts                                                Public Toilets
12 watts                                              Laboratories – artificially lit to 400lx or more
13 watts                                              Health Care (Care areas and Corridors)
7 to 10 watts                                       Health Care (Children’s Ward and Examination Room)
17 watts                                              Factories/Industrial
9 watts                                                Switchboard Room
10 watts                                              Conference/Board Room
10 watts                                              Auditorium/Church/Public Hall
8 watts                                                Common Rooms/Corridors in Class 2 Building
15 watts                                              Entry Lobby from outside Building
22 watts                                              Retail/Shop
5 watts                                                Plant Room
8 to 10 watts                                       Storage Room
10 watts                                              Wholesale Storage and Display Area
6 watts                                                Car Park
25 watts                                              Car Park Entrance – first 20 metres
10 watts                                              Lounge Area for Communal use in Class 3 Building
5 watts                                                Sole Occupancy of Class 3 Building

“Lighting contributes up to 38% of a building’s energy use. It is one of the easiest areas to save energy for owners.
 Australian standards specify minimum luminance levels for different commercial tasks. Work areas require twice the luminance of foyer areas, which in turn are twice those of toilets, passage ways or stairs.”

Need help confirming you’re complying with the ABCB’s Section J?

How do I calculate Watts per Square Metre?

  • Measure each room’s width and length in metres.
  • Multiply the numbers by 3.280839895. For example, a room at 10.2 by 6.4 metres converts to 702.82 feet (10.2 x 3.280839895 = 33.46) (6.4 x 3.280839895 = 20.99).
  • Multiply the length of the room by width to calculate the area in square feet. In our example, the area of the room is 33.46 x 20.99 or 702.32 square feet.
  • Obtain the energy consumption (in watts) in each room. For example, the lighting in this room comes from 30, 75-watt and eight, 100-watt lamps. This equates to 30 x 75 + 8 x 100 = 3,050 watts.
  • Divide the wattage consumed in the room by its area in square feet to calculate the watts per square foot. In our example, 3,050 watts divided by 702.32 square feet equals to 4.34 watts per square feet.

How do I convert Lux to Watts per Square Metre?

One hundred Lux is equal to one Watt per Square Metre. Therefore, when converting Lux to Watts per Square Metre, all that is required is to multiply the number of Watts in question by 100.

For more information, or a detailed analysis on your building’s energy efficiency call Prolux Electrical Contractors today.

Call Prolux Electrical Contractors on 1800 800 880
The Melbourne electrician for all your electrical requirements.

3/52 Corporate Boulevard, Bayswater VIC 3153

What are the best spa and swimming pool lights to install?

How much do pool lights cost?

Depending on the type of lighting you choose and the amount of lights you require will affect the overall cost of your pool lighting. If you are simply replacing a few globes and you’re still able to use your existing transformers, then it could just be a case of a few hundred dollars. However, if you’re designing a new pool lighting layout then you’ll have to think about a number of factors: 12 or 32 volts? Coloured or standard lens? Halogen lights or LED? Many halogen lights are no longer being produced and they’re being replaced with a much better LED counterpart. You may not be able to get an exact replacement if you have an older model halogen light and you may therefore need to choose a new light altogether.
The two main types of lighting styles used for Concrete, Vinyl and Fibre Glass pools are Surface Mounted – lights installed on the side of the pool’s wall, which are Flush or Niche Mounted – lights installed inside the pool’s wall with only the face plate of the light exposed.”

Halogen versus LED Lights…

In the world that is underwater lighting, the question that’s continually floating to the surface is… Should I install Halogen or LED lights? Halogen Lighting has been around for many years, their easy operation and high lumen’s output has provided a reliable source of lighting. LED lights are still relatively new, they provide a high output and are a highly efficient source of lighting. Halogen lighting is a simple process; it operates by using electricity to heat a tungsten filament to a few hundred degrees within a sealed glass compartment, this compartment is filled with halogen gas, which when operated at the right temperature or voltage collects the vaporised tungsten and redeposits it back onto the filament. In ideal conditions, this process can continue to operate for up to 1200 hours, after which the globe will need to be replaced. In a pool or spa environment this is generally around 2 years. The light produced by a halogen light is often described as soft lighting, this is because the colour of a halogen light is very warm (2800k – 3000k) and when it passes through a coloured lens its brightness is filtered and in turn reduced. The end result is a subtle, pale colour and subdued brightness. LEDs on the other hand are some of the brightest lights on the market, with low voltage applications and a luminous efficacy (rating for efficiency of a globe; calculated as lumens per watt of 80lm/w) they are a far more efficient choice of lighting than that of traditional halogen lights;  a luminous efficacy of 20lm/w. The high brightness of the LED combined with their specific wavelengths illuminates the pool in a vibrant opalescent effect which can completely transform the look of a pool or spa at night.
LED Pool Light

“Add a shimmer of light to a warm summer’s night.”

Pool lights not working?

Damaged or broken pool light? You may be able to replace an old Stroud pool light with a new LED Retro pool light, as this light has been designed to do just that. It will use your existing transformer and will automatically adjust to suit the voltage of the previous light, whether it’s 12 or 32 volts. A qualified electrician will need to fully inspect not only the lights, but the wiring and components in order to identify the problem(s) and complete the works.

Remote control lights?
The RM-2 Remote Control Unit can give you the capacity to turn your pool or spa lights on and off at your convenience from a hand held device. Operating from up to 200 metres on a long life lithium battery it does not require line of sight, as it operates through walls.


Want to refresh the appearance of your pool?
Upgrading your pool or spa lighting is the cheapest, easiest and most effective way to refresh the appearance of your pool or spa, but also has the potential to reduce your energy consumption by up to 90%. Swimmers and observers will have greater visibility, thus  improving safety. Why not install the tri-colour lights which allow you to change the colours at your leisure. You can even purchase clip-on coloured lenses for an easy do-it-yourself pool lighting feature for a special event or change of scenery.

Pool Lighting 7

“There’s nothing more enjoyable than entertaining friends and family around the pool on a warm summer’s evening. In addition to adding an amazing ambience, a well illuminated pool will provide hours of entertainment!

Want lighting to compliment your swimming pool?
We all know that lighting creates ambiance and can intensify the mood of any given area. Lighting within a pool can create a spectacular vision with the glow glistening off the water. It’s not just about the lights within the pool that creates the ‘look’, it’s the area surrounding the pool that can create a ‘dynamic look…’


Prolux Electrical Contractors provide and install all types of lighting. We can advise you on which lights will work best for the areas you’re wanting to enhance, whilst being good to our environment.

Call us today on 1800 800 880 to have your pool looking AMAZING this summer.

Energy Efficient LED Lighting

The latest in energy-efficient lighting is LED lighting (light emitting diode lighting); the use of semiconductors to convert electricity into light. It uses 25% less energy than normal incandescent lamps and has a prolonged life expectancy, lasting up to 25% longer. It’s the way to go, smash your energy bills in half and convert today.

See how our innovative and energy-efficient ideas can help make your office a 5 star energy rating.

Call Prolux Electrical Contractors today on 1800 800 880.