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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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Jan
30

 

Vibes ELEGANT LED Track Lights Series

Vibes ELEGANT LED Track Lights Series

The lighting industry is continuously changing and updating, not only in technology but also in design. To keep on trend, it is important for lighting companies and retailers to embrace these new developments and provide a wide variety of lighting solutions for their clients to choose from.

Vibe Lightings product development team are on the forefront of innovation to ensure they meet the current market demands.

Their new ELEGANT series of LED Track Lights certainly brings these qualities and requirements to the table. They are all unique in design, have the latest lighting technology and are modern and sleek in appearance.

Most of the Track Lights are available in Black and White and have a long life span of 50,000 hours. They are environmentally friendly and are built from high strength aluminium, which is solid and shockproof.

Due to their modern design they add a very sophisticated look to many applications, such as:

  • Promotional Areas
  • Hotels
  • Retail Stores
  • Exhibition Buildings
  • Museums
  • Restaurants & Cafes
  • Residential Areas

Most of these track light fittings can be tilted in different directions, which means you are able to highlight any area of a room you wish making them very versatile.

Please see the below table for specifications on all available ELEGANT Track Lights:

Track Light Table Comparison

 

 

 

 

* Other beam angle options are available on selected track lights

For further information, please call ANL Lighting on 1300 300 301

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Nov
12
Vibe LED PLC Replacement Lamp

Vibe LED PLC Replacement Lamp

Have you had trouble looking for a suitable LED replacement for existing PLC lamps? Well, you’re in luck! Vibe Lighting are now introducing their NEW Vibe LED PLC Lamps.

Vibes PLC lamps reduce your power consumption by up to 50% and have a long lifespan of 30,000 hours. They come in two wattage variations: an 8W LED which replaces an 18W PLC and a 12W LED that replaces a 26W PLC. These lamps are both available in either 3000K (Warm White) or 5000K (Natural White). The width is 35mm, but they do vary in height, with the 8W being 135mm and the 12w 165mm.

Product Development Manager Stephen Forsyth says: “The Vibe LED PLC 2-pin lamp has a high power factor of 0.87, that is equal to 5 times that of standard 2-pin PLC lamps. They will put money back into your pocket, due to the high energy efficiency and extremely low maintenance.”

Their unique, professional design and beam angle of 120° make them ideal for applications such as

– Offices
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Schools
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Restaurants
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Foyers
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Hotels
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Clubs and
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Nursing Homes

These PLC lamps come with a 3 year warranty, an SAA approved certification and a high CRI of 80, leaving you with peace of mind. Please note that these lamps are not suitable with electronic ballasts, but will work with magnetic ballasts or through direct connection.

The Vibe brand of light fittings is synonymous with style and quality. 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.

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Aug
19
Vibe-LED-PLC-Replacement-Downlight

LED PLC Replacement Downlight

Vibe’s Product Development Manager, Stephen Forsyth says: “Vibe Lighting has looked at the need to have a more efficient LED option to replace standard 2 x 18W and 2 x 26W PLC downlights. The Vibe LED PLC Replacement Downlight has a clean, flat finish, leaving a high building presentation and is also a great option for premium residential living areas.”

This architecturally designed fitting is dimmable on most domestic or commercial lighting systems, provided you have the appropriate driver. The LED replacement downlight is available in two wattages, with a 4000K (cool white) colour temperature: a 19W, which replaces a 2 x 18W PLC and a 24W, which replaces a 2 x 26W PLC.

Their low power consumption, energy efficiency and long life of 50,000 hours assist in reducing not only electricity costs, but also maintenance costs. They have a high CRI of 75 and a beam angle of 100°, making them ideal for applications such as:

  • Hotels
  • Motels
  • Corridors
  • Offices
  • Receptions
  • Restaurants
  • Retail shops
  • Supermarkets
  • Shopping Centres
  • Bars
  • Toilets
  • and any other areas where general lighting is required.

Quite often in lighting product specification sheets, it will mention a CRI rating, the CRI or Colour Rendering Index is a measure of the ability of a light source to reproduce the colour of various objects faithfully in comparison with an ideal or natural light source. The CRI simply rates the colour rendering out of 100, the higher the index the better the colour rendering.

The Vibe brand of light fittings is synonymous with style and quality. 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 more information on the Vibe LED PLC Replacement Downlight, please call ANL Lighting on 1300 300 301.

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Jul
09

 

LED alternative to Fluorescent Tubes Fittings

LED alternative to Fluorescent Tubes Fittings

Vibe lighting have recently released the perfect solution for upgrading fluorescent tube fittings to LED, with their new ‘Express’ LED T-Bar Troffer.

With a modern design and omni-directional luminance control (OLC), providing excellent lighting without glare, they are ideal for many applications, such as office buildings, meeting rooms, schools, retail stores and shopping centres etc.

Vibe’s Product Development Manager, Stephen Forsyth says: “The Vibe LED T-bar Troffer provides an exciting alternative to fluorescent fittings with 40% savings in power. They provide a direct swap over solution to replace old fittings that are no longer providing quality results for your lighting and a perfect alternative when providing new installations. They out-perform their T5 equivalents and have fantastic lumen integrity and maintenance free operation for greater than 30,000 hours. They generate excellent quality of light using Samsung LED technology. You will truly be impressed with the results and be assured they can offer you great return on investment.”

They come in two different sizes: 2x20W 1195x295mm rectangular with a 1178x278mm cutout, which replaces a 2x36W T8 fluorescent or 4x10W 595x595mm with a 578x578mm cutout, which replaces a 4x18W T8 fluorescent fitting.

These fittings are easy to install and maintain, and are available in colour temperatures of 4000K (Warm White) and 5000K (Natural White). As an added benefit, they can be dimmed on most HPM / CLIPSAL leading or trailing edge dimmers and on most commercial lighting systems.

A wide beam angle of 120º and CRI of 80 gives an even, yet comfortable light spread, while a lifespan of 30,000 hours reduces maintenance and energy costs, giving you peace of mind.

So contact ANL Lighting on 1300 300 301 or visit www.vibelighting.com.au to upgrade to the Express LED T-Bar Troffer.

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Jun
17

Thinking green-think orangeWhy Think Green?

Global warming has become a more prominent factor when choosing what to buy. Consumers are thinking about the environmental factors & greenhouse gas emissions, as well as the cost & quality factors.

Global warming is the rise in the average temperature of Earth’s atmosphere, most being natural with some being man-made. This rise is caused by the increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases.

Heat energy on Earth comes from the Sun, producing solar radiation. Some of this radiation is reflected back off the Earth, into space. A small amount is absorbed by the Earth’s atmosphere. Carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and water vapour are the four main greenhouse gases, which occur naturally, but also can be caused by human activity. Industrial, transportational, agricultural, housing and deforestation are some activities that cause significant increases in these greenhouse gases, particularly carbon dioxide.

The increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere means that they are able to retain a greater amount of heat energy. Heat from the Sun is a short wavelength, which is intense and energetic. This is absorbed by the Earth and when radiated back out, it is now cooler than the Sun, making it a longer wavelength. This new wavelength is the same as that of the greenhouse gases, therefore the gases can absorb the heat. This causes the Earth’s atmosphere to warm up and consequently causes the climate to change, producing effects such as rises in sea levels, more frequent extreme weather events, species extinctions and decreases in crop yields.

Most electricity is generated by the burning of fossil fuels, which greatly produces carbon dioxide and therefore much of Australia’s electricity production uses methods that generate greenhouse gases. Australian households produce an average of 18 tonnes of greenhouse gases per year, which is about one fifth of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. Roughly 15% of those emissions come from lighting. By switching your lighting to LED lighting, you will be saving on the electricity used to run them, as well as reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions being released.

LED lights use less energy than standard lighting, such as Halogens, Metal Halides and Incandescents. They have a common lifespan of 35,000-50,000 hours, lasting for many years and therefore reducing landfill waste. These factors greatly reduce the amount of greenhouse gases being produced and so are a much more environmentally friendly option, when it comes to lighting.

Why Think Orange?

Taking the step from Thinking Green, understanding what and why we need to move towards a greener future, to Thinking Orange, buying environmentally friendly lighting, can be daunting to some people. Many consumers have been apprehensive about joining the LED revolution, through uncertainty on energy efficiency, performance and reliability, or just not wanting to move forward out of the norm.

The cost of changing to LED lighting is a common reason why consumers are hesitant to invest their money. Upfront costs of LED lighting may be more expensive, but the annual savings far outweigh the initial investment. LED lighting produces significantly less energy than that of halogen, incandescent and even compact fluorescent lights. Less energy results in less greenhouse gas emissions, as well as much lower electricity bills. Long lifespans of LEDs means you don’t need to change your lights or throw out old lights very often, decreasing landfill waste. LED lights also contain their own cooling system, to reduce the amount of heat floating around the surrounding air. This means that air conditioning systems will be using less energy and therefore producing less greenhouse gases. On top of that, production and manufacturing of lighting will decrease, resulting in lower greenhouse gas emissions from these processes.

To find a quality LED product and to ensure peace of mind, knowing it is a superior fitting and will last, there are many factors to consider:

  • LED chips come in many different forms, some are top of the range, while some are not. Knowing the manufacturer of the LED chip used can assist in knowing the quality of the product.
  • The luminous efficacy, or effectiveness of the light source, is another important factor. Comparing the lumens per watt ratio will give you an idea of the quality of the product.
  • CRI, or Colour Rendering Index, is important for choosing the best product for a job. CRI values relate a source to how close to a natural or ideal light it is. The higher the CRI value, the more accurate to natural viewing the light output is.
  • The lifespan of a product will also determine how good a product is, giving security as well.
  • Depending on the type of product, IP ratings can come into play. IP ratings determine how weatherproof and how durable in particular conditions a product is.

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May
27

For a number of years, the majority of consumers have been too apprehensive to jump on the LED “band wagon”. Whether it is their uncertainty of the energy efficiency, performance and reliability of the product or whether they are unable to move forward and part with what they already know and trust.

The production of LED lighting goes back to the 1960’s, where the first light-emitting diodes (LED) were invented and were red in colour. In the 1970’s, continuous development down the visible spectrum led to the creation of green, yellow and orange LEDs. During the 1980’s and 1990’s, LEDs became more efficient, using less power and generating higher brightness levels that were ten times greater than previous versions. In the Mid 1990’s Dr. Shuji Nakamura of Nichia Chemical Corporation invented the high-brightness blue LED. This was later used as the basis for the development of white LED, which combined blue LED and phosphor to convert the blue into white light.

Experts say that converting your lighting over to LEDs is a huge step in the right direction for all consumers, as LEDs are always improving and continue to prove successful development at accelerating rates.

The price of LED lighting is the most common reason why consumers are unwilling to invest their money. The cost can range between 2-4 times more expensive than your average non-LED product, depending on the item you wish to purchase. Unfortunately, consumers don’t realise LED’s two main benefits: the reduction in energy and the reduction in maintenance costs, due to their low power consumption and extremely long life. The upfront cost is more expensive, but the potential annual savings are very worth while!

The table below shows the annual savings calculation when switching from a 53W Halogen GLS lamp to a Vibe Eco 7W LED GLS lamp.

Number of lamps: 25

Operating hours per day: 5

Energy rate: $0.24kWh

Current

Replacement

Lamp wattage

53W

7W

Power consumption per year

2418.10kWh

319.38kWh

Electricity costs per year

$580.35

$76.65

 

YEARLY SAVING

$503.7

That’s a saving of $20.15 per lamp

 Yearly power saving

2098.80kWh

 When you look at the annual savings per lamp, the LED GLS pays for itself in a year. Considering the long life span of 35,000 hours, this lamp will last you over 15 years, giving you excellent saving in the long run. NB: These calculations will vary from lamp to lamp, as well as the operating hours can determine the annual savings.

When purchasing LED products, we suggest that you confide in authorised LED manufacturers or lighting companies who source and distribute great quality, certified LED products. By purchasing your lighting through such suppliers, you can be assured that the products you purchase have been through correct and endless amounts of testing done buy qualified LED manufactures. This also enables you to receive detailed information on the history of the product, as well as their safety certificates, what they were tested for and their warranty, all ensuring you are truly receiving value for money. Purchasing from websites such as eBay or gumtree can result in being restricted from such information therefore you will be purchasing at your own risk.

Another benefit of LED lighting includes the assistance in reducing the running cost of your air conditioning system. This is accomplished through its scientifically designed heat sink. The heat sink cools the fitting down, by dissipating the emanated heat from the LED source into the surrounding air. By using LEDs, there is a dramatic reduction in the amount of heat floating around the room, resulting in the air conditioner using less energy to cool the room.

LEDs are also a great health factor as they do not contain any harmful substances, are cool to touch due to their excellent heat dissipation, and they do not produce any UV radiation. They are durable and resistant to shock & vibrations, as no glass components are used, reducing the risk of becoming a hazard.

There are many types of LED lamps and fittings, ranging from:

– Downlights                 – High bays                   – Floodlights
– Shoplighters               – Tubes                        – Canopy lights
– Wall lights                 – Deck lights                 – MR16 lamps
– Strip lights                 – String lights                – GU10 lamps 
– Bi-pin lamps              – AR & PAR lamps        – GLS lamps

Various applications include:

– Car parks                              – Airports                                    – Boats
– Hotels                                   – Bars                                        – Exit signs
– Clubs                                    – Commercial offices                    – Shopping centres
– Manufacturing buildings          – Hospitals                                  – Show rooms
– Aged care facilities                – Mining industries                       – Casinos & Gaming rooms
– Traffic lights                           – Automotive buildings                 – Signage
– Lifts                                      – Retail stores                             – Restaurants
– Homes                                  – Gardens                                   – Pools & Water features

LED lighting has understandably come along way from when the first production began in the 1960’s. The pros far outweigh the cons when considering purchasing any type of LED. They are more durable and reliable, have an average long life span of 35,000 – 50,000 hours, reduce energy consumption and maintenance costs and contain no harmful substances. They are also shock & vibration resistant, provide a return on investment (ROI) and are available in various colour temperatures such as Warm White, Cool White, Daylight and RGB. It is safe to say, LEDs can be used just about anywhere and everywhere.

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The Vibe brand of light fittings is synonymous with style and quality. 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.

Please visit www.vibelighting.com.au for further information and to download our Vibe LED Catalogue or call 1300 300 301.

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Apr
04

01-VBLDL-241-1Vibe’s NEW  Professional 12W 131 LED downlight range is proof that you don’t need to compromise on quality to get an exceptionally low price.

These architecturally designed fittings are both modern & sleek and are a perfect replacement for any existing areas where halogen downlights are being used and are also ideal for new projects no matter how big or small.

The Vibe 12W LED Downlight range are a complete fitting and will be sure to add improved value to any Domestic, Commercial or Industrial application.

Some applications may include Homes, Hotels, Museums, Exhibitions, Restaurants, Cafes, Promotion Areas, supermarkets, office buildings, reception areas and bars.

Their permanently reduced prices make them affordable for any customer who is looking for a user friendly, yet superb looking product that is environmentally friendly (no mercury) and will assist in reducing energy and maintenance costs due to their long life of 40,000 hours.

Three different styles are available in this range, the Round Gimbal fitting is available in White and Satin Chrome and the Round or Square Fixed fitting which is available in White only, each giving them a professional yet versatile look. A colour temperature choice of either 3000K (Warm White) or 4000K (Cool White) is also available for each fitting.

**A dimmable version is also available.

So ACT NOW and visit your local lighting Wholesaler and ask to see Vibes NEW AMAZING LED Professional Downlight range – you’ll also be AMAZED by the quality and the low prices!

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Feb
18

Vibe Eco’s LED GLS Lamp

As energy prices soar, switching to energy efficient LED lighting has now become a whole lot easier for the general public, thanks to Vibe Eco’s LED GLS lamp.

Vibe Eco LED GLS lamps are a direct replacement for 60W Incandescent globes which are commonly found in household fittings.

Their long life of 35,000 hours and low power consumption of 7W, can save you 80% on energy as well as reducing your maintenance costs.

You can roughly expect an annual saving of $19.35 per lamp if they were operating at 5 hours per day, when switching over from a 60W incandescent to the 7W Vibe Eco GLS lamp. Times $19.35 by how many lamps you have in your home and the savings could be endless!

(These calculations may not apply to everyone, please visit http://www.anllighting.com.au/calculator to calculate your annual savings)

They are available in two base types: Edison Screw (ES) and Bayonet Cap (BC) as well as two colour temperatures of 3000K (Warm White) and 5000K (Natural White).

As an added feature the LED GLS lamp is available in a dimmable version and will operate on most Leading and Trailing edge dimmers (BC only).

Their 180° beam angle makes them ideal for other applications such as:

  • General lighting
  • Table lamps
  • Free standing lamps
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Chandeliers

To ensure peace of mind, they come with a 2 year warranty and are SAA & EMC certified.

For business enquiries please call ANL Lighting on 1300 300 301, for residential enquiries please visit the Vibe Eco Website www.vibeecolighting.com.au

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