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Dec
21

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Since their debut, Sunflower Highbays (or UFO Highbays as they are also known), have been cornering the market. Their huge leap in success falls to several key benefits held over their predecessors; the most versatile of which is their enhanced minimalistic profile and extreme light output. Through consideration of the sheer number of applications suited to Industrial Highbays, it quickly becomes clear just how many businesses and individuals can benefit from the new Sunflower Highbay advancements.

Such improvements are possible due to intense light outputs via the unique ‘Sunflower’ aesthetic, which allows for maximum heat dissipation contributing to the effective use of more powerful components and a more reliable running life. The nickname Sunflower attributes to the yellow centred chips which geometrically harmonise to mimic the visual characters of an actual sunflower.

Thanks to LED technology, LED Manufacturers are now able to produce LED fittings such as the Sunflower Highbay with higher light outputs than their Metal Halide counterparts whilst decreasing the power consumption by more than half.

The new and improved significantly smaller profile allows for much greater range of use, where previously Highbays, (LED or otherwise) involved large bulky Drivers and Reflectors that when combined created a tall and heavy unit. Though retrofitting options do exist in the form of LED Corn Lights and similar designs, these are ineffective comparatively and significantly more expensive, especially when compared to the benefits received from a dedicated Sunflower Highbay.

The absence of an exterior Reflector in the new Sunflower design, allows for a flat, non-intrusive floor facing profile and feature a much more compact Driver allowing for the LED chips to sit flush against the fixture. This not only creates a more streamline aesthetic, but also frees up otherwise occupied ceiling space – eliminating a potential complication with older Highbay models for warehouses featuring high levels of forklift use.

Many Sunflower Highbays feature strong polycarbonate lenses; providing extra durability and impact resistance. The improved Sunflower design would particularly benefit applications such as Gymnasiums and Sporting Arenas where damage from stray sporting equipment would be significantly decreased.

Many new Highbays take advantage of the slimmer design, offering adjustable arms to turn a ceiling mounted Highbay into a completely adjustable high powered Floodlight. Those rated to IP97 offer the most versatility with many businesses already substituting their traditional Floodlights for these adjustable, extremely luminous Sunflower Highbays.

Previously, heat was dissipated directly upwards through a hefty Driver housing often utilising a frilled design, whereas these new Sunflower Highbays make the most of their surface area through numerous cut outs and holes around the entire excess of the fixture. This allows heat to dissipate from extra positions that are completely separate to any components, further minimising potential wear from excess heat.

In summation, the advances of the new Sunflower Highbays amount to almost zero maintenance, longer lifespans and highly increased efficiency to name a few. Sunflowers are second to none in the current Industrial Highbay market.

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May
25

Energy SchemeThe Essential Services Commission is responsible for bringing in the VEET Scheme back in 2009, along with it the ESS scheme in New South Wales and the EEIS in Canberra are fighting for the same goal to lower energy use and in turn pollution across Victoria, New South Wales and Canberra. They hope to accomplish this by offering rebates on energy efficient products, making the switch more affordable and encouraging investment with the ultimate goal of reducing green house gas emissions. Since then businesses have continually grown offers and options around this rebate scheme, despite the substantial accreditation processes required to become a supplier for these energy schemes sadly not all of these options are created equal. To clarify the significance of this statement correctly, utilising these schemes can yield immense savings for you the consumer through continual energy savings spurred on by the rebate funded energy efficient lighting. You can’t just trial and error your way through however as the rebate is available only once, therefore making the right choice the first time is essential. Lamps and fittings that fall within the schemes guidelines range widely in brand and model and with those varying suppliers comes varying levels of quality. Sadly the schemes efficiency requirements are solely focused on energy output, the overall efficiency and longevity of the light is not assessed nor assured. A lamp may run with fantastic energy efficiency but corrode quickly with time. If you’re looking to get the most of these rebates, long term viability is an obvious goal.

This post is not pushing to sway you in one direction or another but instead to point out the often overlooked fact that meeting the numerous schemes standards does not necessitate quality. As discussed, with such limited chances heading into the decision with as much information as possible is the key to a positive long term outcome.

Long standing businesses are a great place to start, new businesses started up to take advantage of the schemes, encouraged to make a quick profit but often without the necessary long term foresight and experience gathered over a long career to make informed decisions on their product. An established company that has existed before the schemes were put in place has already spent years choosing and culling product to find the level of quality required to conduct long term business. Another key factor to keep an eye out for is warranty, a long warranty shows faith in the product and allows the most time for you to reap the rewards of the scheme without fear of being left in the dark. It’s important to note that although a long warranty may seem foolproof you need to rely on the company to achieve a successful claim, a young company imposes more risk offering a warranty longer than the company has been in business should be treated tentatively, although there is no guarantee they will go out of business there is no assurance they won’t either. This loops back around to the first point of finding a long standing business increasing the chances dramatically that they will be around to fulfil the warranty for years to come.

Ultimately in any situation where one is spoiled for choice statistics demand that not all are going to be ideal, but knowing that discrepancies within the schemes exist and not all lighting and their suppliers aren’t created equal is half the battle, armed with that knowledge you can make a more informed and hopefully more fruitful business decision.

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Jun
24
Comparing lamps or light sources when technical data is unavailable can be difficult

Comparing lamps or light sources when technical data is unavailable can be difficult

Often when choosing a suitable lamp, the choice can seem quite easy: one ‘simply’ has to select the most suitable power (Wattage) for the intended application.

However the choice can in fact be more complicated: there are standard filament light bulbs, halogen light bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps, fluorescent tubes and LED lamps of various kinds. All of these lamps have different Wattages, efficiencies and illumination patterns making the choice much more difficult often resulting in individuals making misinformed decisions when choosing light bulbs.

The power (Wattage) of a lamp does not correctly determine a lights output, hence this is an ineffective way of choosing suitable lighting. Wattages measure the amount of energy required to produce light, whereas Lumens measure the amount of light produced. To put it simply: The more Lumens in a light bulb, the brighter the light.

When shopping for new light bulbs, it is necessary to be aware of the Lumens rather than the Watts – especially for the energy conscious consumer. When looking at newer LED light bulbs, it takes far fewer Watts to create just as much light so Wattage ratings are no longer as useful. Before LED lamps, people cared more about Wattage than Lumens, although throughout the years, there have been major changes in technology within the lighting industry with a main objective being to develop bulbs that use fewer Watts to make more light.

It is a common misunderstanding that Lumens are the measurement of a lights ‘brightness’, Lumens are in fact a measurement of the total light ‘output’ of a lamp – Lumens can therefore be a more accurate source of measure because it educates us how the light actually performs regardless of the power source that produces it.

Luminous efficacy + life = Cost efficiency

LEDs use less Wattage than traditional light sources yet can produce an equally bright light. When evaluating LEDs, it is important to consider both Lumens and Wattage. Lumens per Watt is also known as luminous efficacy.

Efficacy allows us to objectively compare different lamps. The higher the Lumens per Watt, the better. This is because a lamp uses less energy to emit the same, or a greater amount of light. This in turn translates to less money spent on electricity costs for the same amount of light.

Most energy saving LED lamps have high luminous efficacy (more lumens per watt) and when taking into account the reduced power consumption alongside a high life expectancy (up to 50,000 hours) meaning decreased maintenance costs – it is easy to see why LED’s are considered a smart investment.

As an average comparison:

  • Incandescent lamps produce a luminous efficacy of 15Lm/W (lumens per watt)
  • Fluorescent lamps generally produce 70Lm/W but have the ability to get to 100Lm/W
  • LED’s can range from 80Lm/W right up to cutting edge of 160Lm/W

Comparing lamps or light sources in general when complete technical data is not available can often be difficult, also many consumers will not look into the fine print. The goal is to look for the correct and necessary information when shopping to make informed decisions.

For a simple and quick calculation to determine light energy saving, head to www.vibelighting.com.au/energy-saving-calculator

Vibe supplies an ever growing network of lighting retailers and hardware stores, electricians, landscape designers, architects and builders with a wide range of lamps, light fittings and other electrical merchandise.

For your nearest stockist visit www.vibelighting.com.au or contact ANL Lighting on 1300 300 301

 

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Oct
15

A trade show or trade exhibition, is an event that is organised to allow companies in a specific industry to showcase and demonstrate their latest products and services to the general public or private clients, as well as examining any recent market trends and opportunities.

There are many benefits for a company participating in trade shows. Branding will enhance your public image and presence in the market place, while advertising your products through demonstrations will expand clientele. You can experience growth in your customer base when you distribute product samples and launching products, as well as with face time with your clients. Networking will build relationships with other companies and customers, and the opportunity to observe and learn from other business is vital. You will also have increases in on-the-spot and future sales, as well as your own salesmanship.

If you believe a trade show sounds like something your company may be interested in, do your research. Find out where a trade show in your industry is being held and attend it to get a feel for how they are run so you are not overwhelmed when, or if, you choose to participate in one.

Trade shows should be taken seriously; time and effort must be put into preparing for them in order to achieve the best results. To be successful, these steps will help when correctly put in place.

  1. Meetings –
    a. Consulting directors: Seek their advice on how they would like the event to run and whether it will be beneficial to your company.
    b. Initial planning: What time of the year it will be held, event location, start and end time and any materials you will need.
    c. Briefing staff: Advise them on all details of the event and any work they need to complete before, during and after the event.

  2. Advertising –
    a. Business cards
    b. Flyers / Handouts: Specification sheets on your products and any deals you may be holding
    c. Posters / Banners: Include your company logo and contact details
    d. Feedback forms

  3. Prizes –
    a. Show bags and gifts
    b. Door prizes

  4. Product showcasing –
    a. Displaying products: What products and how to best display it for it’s purpose
    b. Presenters: Who will present and how the presentation will run

  5. Invitations –
    a. Emails
    b. Cold Calling
    c. Flyers

  6. Catering –
    a. RSVP: Get as many RSVP’s as possible, to get a good idea of how many to cater for (always over cater)

After the trade show, it is important to set a meeting time with the appropriate people in your company and review the event. Discuss what did or didn’t work and how to improve it for future shows, what are other companies doing which made them more successful on the day, and read over any customer feedback forms.

ANL Lighting attends trade shows and similar events throughout Australia, showcasing their large variety of lighting products to niche markets such as Hospitality, Farming and Residential etc. ANL have found these events very beneficial to their company and will continue to participate and attend many more in the future.

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Sep
24
It is important to recycle old lamps

It is important to recycle old lamps

Upgrading your lighting means throwing away existing lamps. Finding the best way to do this can be difficult, as some lamps contain mercury, lead or other substances that are harmful to humans and the environment if released.

Incandescent globes are being phased out completely, for their lack of energy efficiency and are being replaced by more efficient forms of lighting. These lamps don’t contain harmful substances, and so are safe to dispose of in your normal rubbish bin, but it is advised to wrap them in tissue or a bag to prevent glass breaks and injuries.

Halogen globes are a type of Incandescent light, with small halogen components added, and so are not made up of any hazardous materials. They are slowly being replaced by eco-friendly lighting options, such as CFLs and LEDs. They are safe to throw away in your everyday bin, wrapped in paper or a bag to prevent cuts from broken glass.

Sodium-vapour lamps are a type of High Intensity Discharge (HID) lamp that uses sodium to produce light. They consist of sodium, neon and argon, with some containing mercury. These lamps should be disposed of at special waste disposal locations to prevent any harmful chemicals being released.

Mercury-vapour lamps are also a type of HID lamp, vapourising mercury to produce light. As it contains a large amount of mercury, which is harmful to humans and the environment when released into the air, it is necessary to take them to a safe waste disposal centre.

Metal Halide lamps are another type of HID lamp, producing light by a gaseous mixture of vapourised mercury and metal halides. These lamps also need care when being discarded and need to be taken to special waste disposal locations.

Fluorescent lamps, such as PLC lamps, Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) and Fluorescent Tubes, are a type of mercury-vapour lamp that uses fluorescence to produce light. As fluorescent lamps contain mercury, they are classed as hazardous and need to be specially disposed of.

Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are the latest and most energy efficient lights available. Most LEDs do not contain any harmful substances and are fully recyclable, therefore can be thrown out in your recycling bin to help reduce landfill. However, some LEDs can contain harmful substances, but due to the durability of LEDs, these substances are contained and when recycled properly, wont leach into the atmosphere.

Correct disposal of your old lamps is important for health reasons, as well as environmental factors. Residential users can find their local safe disposal drop off locations, while businesses who need larger quantities thrown out can organise pick-up collection services.

Here are a few links on where to find a local disposal centre:

– FluoroCycle – http://www.fluorocycle.org.au/

Recycling Near You – http://recyclingnearyou.com.au/

– SITA Australia – http://www.sita.com.au/

– Business Recycling – http://businessrecycling.com.au/

– Zero Waste South Australia – http://www.zerowaste.sa.gov.au/

– NSW EPA – http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/warr/cleanoutguide.htm

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Aug
09
Lighting Psychology

Lighting Psychology

We all know that colour can affect our mood, but so can lighting. Choosing the appropriate lighting is key to creating the desired atmosphere.

The human brain translates light into stimulating messages for the nervous system; the more intense the light, the more messages are sent and the more active we feel. Lowering the intensity of the light will result in a calming effect, with less messages being sent. This explains why a sunny day makes us feel more energetic, while a cloudy, rainy day makes us feel tired and want to stay indoors.

Different light outputs are influenced by brightness, measured in lumens, and colour temperature, measured in kelvins (K). When the lumen output is low, the intensity of the light will be dimmer, but when the lumen output is high, the luminosity is increased. The lower the kelvin measurement, the ‘warmer’ the light output – producing yellow to red colours, and the higher the kelvin measurement, the ‘cooler’ the light output – producing blue to white colours.

Some standard colour temperatures are:

  • 2700K or Golden
  • 3000K or Warm White
  • 4000K or Cool White
  • 5000K or Natural White
  • +6000K or Daylight

Studies have shown that in a working environment, lighting can influence the task performance, comfort and well-being of employees. If the lighting is too dark or too bright, staff mood, attention and performance can be negatively affected. Workers are able to focus for a greater period of time (up to 8 hours), in areas with optimal lighting conditions. Natural daylight is generally preferred over electric light, so creating an environment with similar lighting, could produce the best results.

Various applications require different atmospheres. Setting the lighting for a restaurant, would not commonly consist of many brightly lit fittings. Feature lights, wall lights and downlights with a softer, warmer feel would be selected. However, in an office building, brighter lights with a more daylight feel would be chosen. Similarly, when producing movies, lighting sets the mood and tone of each scene; creating the right ambience is important when trying to capture the desired response from the audience.

So when you are looking to upgrade your lighting or start with a fresh look, these factors are worth considering. These tips can also be applied to the home, for studies, bedrooms and kitchens etc.

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