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enLighten Australia was formed to design and supply highly efficient, intelligent lighting using LED technology. Co-founder and CEO Steve Cahill's extensive local and international experience in commercial property facilities management positioned enLighten to understand and anticipate LED lighting upgrade opportunities.
Steve recognised the growing energy efficiency retrofit market potential in Australia, supported by rising energy prices, the NABERS energy rating scheme and Government incentive programs such as the Commonwealth Green Building fund and state based energy savings schemes.
After a year of extensive product research incorporating domestic and international testing, submission of several lighting patent applications, resulting in one patent being granted and certified, enLighten began taking its products to the market in November 2009.
For many years, building owners and managers have not had available cost effective lighting solutions for low occupancy areas such as fire stairs, car parks and back of house. These are often permanently lit, even though they are occupied for only a small percentage of the day. Viewing this as an unnecessary waste of energy, the enLighten innovation team developed Chamaeleon – a multi-function light that utilises two separate light circuits to deliver operational light levels when the space is occupied and permanent low level light the balance of the time.
Primarily using off the shelf components combined with some clever re-designs, the first version of Chamaeleon was installed in January 2011 at the City of Sydney owned Goulburn Street car park. Having proven the basic concept, enLighten’s innovation team began working with installation teams and industrial designers to assess the strengths and weaknesses of version one. After working with internationally recognised lighting laboratories to confirm compliance with lighting and building codes, the team finalised the re-design in May 2011 with commercial production beginning in August of the same year.
The Chamaeleon has been well received by building owners and managers in the commercial office and high rise residential strata sectors and is fast becoming the new standard in fire stair lighting with national portfolio rollout commitments from a number of clients. Chamaeleon sales in the 2011-2012 financial year have increased 450%.
With an award win under our belt and strong Chamaeleon sales results, enLighten successfully went to the private equity market for expansion capital raising in late 2011, enabling the company to fast track the development of its new product range.The Tauro Blu LED high bay & low bay light range was launched in April 2013, followed by the Zorro LED area light and Medici utility lights in 2014. 2015 saw the arrival of the new Chamaeleon III, decorative Chamaeleon, canopy & floodlights and more.