Posts Tagged ‘green’


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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EcoSwitch - Energy Saving Switch

EcoSwitch - Energy Saving Switch

The award winning Ecoswitch, a simple energy saving device is set to slash your electricity bill by reducing wasted use of electricity when devices are in standby mode. It is not widely known but electronic devices on standby can account for over 10% of your electricity bill.

Ecoswitch inventor Rod Sheppard: “The Ecoswitch simply plugs between your power point and power board. A quick flick of the easy access switch will cut off the power to your devices, saving on electricity when they are in standby mode.”

Domestic savings of over $160* per year from your electricity bill can be achieved plus 800kg per year of CO2 production can be eliminated. Offices can save even more. (*Australian Greenhouse Office)

Applications include TV/entertainment areas, computers & games consoles, workshops areas and rechargers and plug packs … anywhere with a hard to reach switch. Other benefits include reduction of fire risk, life of appliances are extended due to being completely off and a safer home/office environment due to reduced live wires when Ecoswitch is off.

On average each household would need three Ecoswitches and at only $19.95 rrp the savings will add up quickly. Taking only 46 days to pay for itself the Ecoswich is sure to be common in all households and businesses across Australia.

The Australian owned and designed Ecoswitch is distributed by ANL Lighting and can be found in all good retailers across Australia. Call 1300 300 301 or visit for more information or to stock this great new product.

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Vibe LED Tube

Vibe LED Tubes are now replacing fluorescent tubes as a more efficient and environmentally friendly way of lighting while also replacing lower quality LED tubes that don’t live up to their estimated long life.

LED lights offer dramatically reduced operating costs over their super long life due to their efficiency. LED does not contain the harmful mercury and phosphorus that is found in fluorescent lights making them even more environmentally friendly.

LED is still a relatively new lighting technology and some manufactures are still in the dark. While LED tubes have an incredibly long lamp life of up to 80,000 hours, lower quality products are failing at only 10,000 hours due to the drivers shutting down. Standard LED tube models have built in drivers that will last for only 10,000-30,000 hours before shutting down after which the whole tube is rendered useless.

Vibe Lighting is at the forefront of LED technology with replaceable adapters on all their Vibe LED Tubes achieving the projected lifetime of 80,000 hours saving an extra 50% on replacement costs.

Vibe Director Phillip Hill: “When the driver eventually fails, instead of having to replace the entire LED tube, you need only to replace the adaptor. This makes the Vibe LED Tube the most economical and cost effective option for replacing standard fluorescent tubes.”

A major advantage that LED has over fluorescent tubes is that LED lights don’t flicker. Flicker and glare can impact learning and the ability to concentrate while also causing headaches. Although humans cannot see fluorescent lights flicker, the sensory system can. LED Tubes operate a constant colour output resulting in no flicker.

Vibe Lighting expects a strong uptake for the new LED Tubes from schools, offices, retail stores and other consumers looking for a long-lasting, green alternative to fluorescent lighting.

The Vibe LED Tube boasts a host of key advantages including a wide range of colour temperatures and wattage options. The LED Tube is available in Warm White, Pure White, Daylight White and Cool White and in lengths of 600mm (9w), 1200mm (18w) and 1500mm (22w).

The VIBE brand of light fittings is synonymous with style and quality. VIBE supplies a growing network of lighting retailers, hardware stores, electrical wholesalers, landscape designers, architects and building suppliers with a wide range of lamps, light fittings and other electrical merchandise.

LED stands for Light Emitting Diode and arguably produce the healthiest form of light, known as Full Spectrum, the closest to natural sunlight available. LED bulbs and tubes use diodes to produce light making them the most energy efficient of all the lighting systems. LED lights do not require starters or ballasts and so are more durable and longer lasting than their fluorescent counterparts. Expect up to 80,000 hours from an LED.


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Earthmate - Environmentally Friendly CFL

Earthmate - Environmentally Friendly CFL

This is Earthmate, Australia’s most environmentally sensitive compact fluorescent light globe according to its distributor ANL Lighting, who is hoping it will become our most switched on green globe.

From its 100% recycled packaging to its compact size, the mini Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) is super energy efficient, long lasting and contains as little as 1mg of mercury ­ 80% less than most other globes which have 5mg of mercury ­ and a major step forward in the product recycling process.

ANL says Earthmate has been designed to reduce greenhouse emissions by reducing the amount of energy used in lighting.

Domestic, commercial and industrial lighting consumes around 25% of all electrical energy generated. The aim of  Earthmate is to reduce that figure and fight global warming in three key areas:

  • Earthmate consumes 75% less energy than incandescent globes
  • Earthmate will last up to 10,000 hours ­ up to 10 times longer than incandescents
  • Earthmate contains as little as 1mg of mercury most other globes contain 5mg or more

ANL Lighting Marketing Manager Stephanie Leung says Earthmate is a leading international example of Environmentally responsible product lifecycle and design.

It starts in the manufacturing process using 80% less mercury, lead free solder and other developments and continues through packaging using 100% post-consumer waste ­ even our ink is soy-based!

The product itself is very efficient and when it comes time to recycle Earthmate contains as little as 1mg of mercury which can be re-claimed and used in dental healthcare.

Their small size is also a plus for the environment in terms of transport and storage.

Recycling experts estimate the mercury from just one globe – 5 mg – leaching from landfill into the water table – is enough to contaminate 5000 litres of drinking water.

It is estimated Australians currently recycle less than 2% of all light globes with more than 70million going to landfill annually.

Designed to fit into most fixtures, the Earthmate range of light globes ­ available in both bayonet (BC) and screw-in (ES) models  (also available in small bayonet Cap (SBC) and small screw-in (SES) models for 7 watt range)-  are compact, bright and provide a soft, warm light similar to incandescent models.

Typical applications for Earthmate include general lighting, recessed can lighting, table lamps, floor lamps and ceiling fixtures.

At 70+ lumens per watt for high efficacy and instant on flicker free start up, there is no need to sacrifice the quality of light while benefiting the planet.

Available in two different colour temperatures – 2700K and 5000K – and multiple wattages, Earthmate globes are a bright choice for any situation.

There’s an Earthmate replacement globe for almost every residential application including:

Earthmate Conversion Guide
7W (CFL)    30W (Incandescent)
11W           ­   60W
15W ­             75W
20W ­            100W
23W ­            120W

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