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Yes we’re open for business

Yes we’re open for business

'First and foremost, we hope you and your families are staying safe. Our Artarmon office remains open and we are able to continue deliveries.Our suppliers are back to full production and all of our fast selling products are in stock.' Steve Cahill, CEO enLighten

 

The Coronavirus and the impact on global supply chains

The Coronavirus and the impact on global supply chains

Global manufacturing and supply chains are continuing to feel the effects of the cornonavirus epidemic as factories and logistic providers seek to resume operations after the Lunar New Year holiday. Labour and component shortages and political uncertainty are having a significant impact on global supply chains.

 

Sweet temptations, with energy savings and improved safety at the Haigh’s distribution centre in SA

Sweet temptations, with energy savings and improved safety at the Haigh’s distribution centre in SA

Haigh’s is one of the oldest family owned chocolate makers in Australia and are located in South Australia. They employee over 600 people and are committed to premium chocolate making. They produce over 250 varieties of chocolate using a combination of artesian skill and modern manufacturing techniques.

 

Dubbo Regional Council creates a safer community through lighting

Dubbo Regional Council creates a safer community through lighting

Recently installed on The Tracker Riley Cycle Way were twenty Zorro Unplugged solar lights
The NSW Police in recent years identified sections of the cycleway as potential crime spots. The Dubbo Regional Council has made lighting the track a priority, to encourage safe use of the track after dark.

 

Enlighten Workshop

Sydney Tradies Workshop & Breakie, Wed 10 April

Sydney Tradies Workshop and Breakie, Wed 10 April
Enjoy a BBQ breakie and be the first to see the NEW Tauro Black, a high efficacy high bay with customised aisle racking optics!

 

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Celebrating 10 years – and still growing strong

enLighten Australia is celebrating 10 years in business!
In a climate where small business represents 97% of all businesses in Australia, and where 60% of them cease operating within 3 years, I am very proud of achieving this milestone. Since we first commenced operating at the start of the GFC we have supplied lights into thousands of retail, commercial, industrial and residential strata buildings across Australia. These LED lighting upgrades have saved our customers more than $53 million in electricity costs alone and will continue for many more years to come.

 

Light and Building fair in Frankfurt 18 to 23 March 2018

Light and Building fair in Frankfurt 18 to 23 March 2018

Light + Building fair in Frankfurt 18 – 23 March 2018 The world’s leading trade fair for lighting and building services technology Walking through ankle-deep snow wasn't what I expected as I made my way to the first day of the Light & Building trade fair in Frankfurt. While Sydney was experiencing unusually hot weather Frankfurt was experiencing unusually cold weather. The weather didn't seem to reduce to crowds however as 250,000 + visitors will attend this giant exhibition complex over 6 days.

 

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Energy Saver: Eric Francis, Francis Building Management

In the latest of our interview series, we speak with Eric, director of a building management company that oversees the running of 9 premium Sydney apartment buildings. Eric comments on the drivers for energy savings from Owners Corporations, profiles successes to date and fills us in on how he assesses LED lighting product performance to counterbalance the sales spin.

 

Strata Tall Ships Day - Nov 5, 2016

enLighten Australia partnered with energy procurement and energy management consulting specialists in the strata industry, Wattblocks, to co-host a a networking function on Sydney Harbour on Nov 5, 2016 for strata managers in thanks  for their valued business.

 

Winner! Best Energy Efficiency Innovation for Chamaeleon III

Winner! Best Energy Efficiency Innovation for Chamaeleon III

The energy efficiency industry came together this week to recognise excellence in performance, leadership and innovation at  the National Energy Efficiency Industry Awards, held at Sydney's Australian Technology Park.  enLighten's new Chamaeleon III was among the winners with CEO Steve Cahill accepting the 2016 Best Energy Efficient Innovation Award.

 

Chamaeleons for pioneering community housing retrofit program

Chamaeleons for pioneering community housing retrofit program

enLighten Australia's high efficiency standard & emergency smart luminaires have been selected to deliver energy & maintenance savings in common area lighting upgrades for SGCH (St George Community Housing), one of the largest community housing providers in NSW, under a pioneering new funding model for its sustainability retrofit program.

 

New product comparison guides make luminaire selection easier

New product comparison guides make luminaire selection easier

To assist our customers to understand the specific design features, controls options and performance of our growing luminaire range, we have created a series of comparison tables for a range of applications including emergency, indoor & outdoor corridors, factories & warehouses.

 

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Common area LED lighting project delivers $460K in annual savings for NSW Land and Housing Corporation

From 2011-2015, the NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) conducted a program to improve the energy efficiency of common area lighting at 236 multi-unit residential buildings within its property portfolio. LAHC identified that approximately 70% of the electricity used in the common areas(corridors, fire stairs, carparks, lift lobbies) was due to lighting, with much of it operating 24 hours a day.

The project involved the removal of over 13,000 fluorescent emergency and non emergency light fittings and replaced them with an energy efficient vandal proof light. enLighten’s Chamaeleon LED light was chosen for its proven energy efficiency and compliance with LAHC’s detailed specification requirements.

NSW Government Energy Savings Certificate (ESC) rebates worth $385,000 were claimed for the project, which delivered combined energy savings of 2,570 mWh pa.

 

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Energy Savers - Allan Lam, Director, LAM Consulting Engineers

In the latest edition of our interview series, we speak with Allan, director of an engineering consultancy firm with national & international presence, about the changing delineation between electrical consulting & lighting design, what are the new LED luminaire performance metrics beyond efficacy and the challenges in meeting retrofit clients budget & quality parameters.

 

enLighten selects Verdia to manage funding solutions for lighting upgrades

enLighten selects Verdia to manage funding solutions for lighting upgrades

Aug 24, 2016. enLighten Australia signs with independent energy expert Verdia, as an LED lighting accredited partner. Verdia manages Westpac's energy efficient financing program.

 

Chamaeleon III project win for DHHS Melbourne Residential High Rise Housing Towers

Chamaeleon III project win for DHHS Melbourne Residential High Rise Housing Towers

ollowing a rigorous technical and financial due diligence analysis, Energy Consultants Total Energy Solutions have selected the Chamaeleon III to replace ageing emergency and standard lighting in the common areas of 14 public housing towers in Inner City Melbourne.

 

Event Report: IES Multi level car park lighting innovation forum

Event Report: IES Multi level car park lighting innovation forum

enLighten Australia recently hosted a technical meeting for the NSW Chapter of the Illuminating Engineers Society (IES), the peak body representing lighting designers, engineers and specifiers. A panel discussed the project drivers for car park lighting, the new opportunities with lighting technology innovation, specification & defence of the original design from cross spec by industry.

 

LED troffer meets tenant's light requirements where fluoros failed

LED troffer meets tenant's light requirements where fluoros failed

enLighten Australia has recently completed an office lighting upgrade for Abacus Property Group using an LED troffer that was able to fit the existing grid ceiling layout. The existing twin T8 36W fluorescent  recessed troffer fittings were not able to produce the required light output of 500 lux at a desk height of 700mm. The LED troffer delivered a superior light output of 550 lux, with a 66% energy saving as an added bonus.

 

More government rebates on offer in NSW for upgrading to lights with sensors

More government rebates on offer in NSW for upgrading to lights with sensors

May, 2016. Last month's Energy Savings Scheme's Rule change allows for an increase of up to 3 times the discount factor for lighting controls for commercial lighting upgrades in NSW. The former cap was 30% , which has now been replaced by a range depending on building class types. 85% discount factors are now accepted for fire stair applications where occupancy sensors are integrated into light fittings. This means more Energy Savings Certificate for projects using lights with sensors including the enLighten Chamaeleon range & the Vico LED Batten.

 

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Energy Savers - Greg Cortese, BDM Projects, MM Electrical Merchandising

Greg runs the Sydney business development team that generates energy efficiency retrofit opportunities with end clients. The MMEM group differs from other major electrical wholesale groups in that it does not globally source products or run an “in house” brand. Instead it sources its products from OEMs – (Original Equipment Manufacturers) or agencies within Australia. We talk to Greg about how he works with suppliers to deliver optimal client solutions.

 

Lighting upgrade rebate win for Victorians

Lighting upgrade rebate win for Victorians

In a win for Victorian businesses, Government departments, Local Councils and strata properties, a recent amendment now allows for MORE Victorian Energy Efficiency Certificates (VEECs) to be generated from LED lighting upgrade projects under the Energy Saver Incentive program. From January 1, 2016 the eligible operating hours, calculation factors and acceptable areas have expanded, making it is easier to claim more rebates for a wider range of projects

 

Chamaeleon III emergency classification upgrade

The emergency classification varies according to whether the light is wall or ceiling mounted (see table below). The classification does not change according to light output / number of LEDs per model.

 

National Energy Efficiency award win for Charter Hall

National Energy Efficiency award win for Charter Hall

Charter Hall Office Trust has taken out the Leading Energy User award for excellence in energy management at the 2015 National Energy Efficiency Council awards held in Melbourne on November 17.

 

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NSW Business Leader Award win for enLighten CEO Steve Cahill

enLighten co-founder and CEO Steve Cahill has taken out the top individual prize for the NSW Business Chamber by winning the Business Leader award at a gala dinner of over 1000 business representatives held in Sydney’s Darling Harbour ‘s Dockside Pavilion last Friday night. The business leader category attracted over 154 applicants across 14 regional business chambers and 200 chambers of commerce. Steve was previously awarded Sydney North Eastern Regional Business Leader in September 2015.

 

EXITCYCLE: QLD emergency lighting battery recycling trial launched

EXITCYCLE: QLD emergency lighting battery recycling trial launched

Emergency lighting battery recycling is now on trial in Queensland for 12 months under a new EXITCYCLE partnership between the Queensland Government and the Lighting Council of Australia following the launch this month by the Queensland Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, the Hon Dr Steven Miles.

 

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Chamaeleon III wins IES Award of Excellence

The NSW lighting industry came together last week for the NSW Illuminating Engineers Society gala award ceremony held at Sydney's Star City Event Centre to recognise excellence in luminaire design and lighting installations.

enLighten's new Chamaeleon III was among the winners. CEO Steve Cahill accepted an Award of Excellence for the LED luminaire.

 

Wireless controls bring new functionality to car park & warehouse lighting

Wireless controls bring new functionality to car park & warehouse lighting

To maintain a competitive advantage in the high bay lighting market, enLighten Australia has differentiated from the global “one size fits all” offering by providing additional functionality through intelligent lighting controls & smart design features that reflect an understanding of local conditions - lighting Standards and Australian Building Code compliance for specific areas.

 

Chamaeleon III through to national technology competition finals

Chamaeleon III through to national technology competition finals

enLighten Australia's new Chamaeleon III luminaire with self test capability for emergency models and mobile app for light control settings is listed among 4 finalists in the Alumni category of the Australian Technologies Competition.

 

Energy Savers: Mark Maxwell, Electrical Contractor

Energy Savers: Mark Maxwell, Electrical Contractor

Mark Maxwell is the director of Fusion Industries, an electrical contractor business based in Sydney with a strong presence in commercial fit out, maintenance and mechanical controls. Mark talks to enLighten about the financial and environmental impact of LED lighting on his company.

 

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Sydney's Chifley Tower wins international energy efficiency performance award

Sydney’s landmark skyscraper, Chifley Tower has been recognised as winner of the 2015 Performance Award for its Energy Efficiency Upgrade project by the International Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). Congratulations to the team at JLL for achieving a 55% drop in total site electricity consumption since 2008. Among the extensive scope of works was a Chamaeleon LED light upgrade in the underground car park and fire stairs and Tauro Blu low bay for car park entry.

 

ERF funding opportunities for commercial and public lighting

ERF funding opportunities for commercial and public lighting

The Commonwealth Government has recently released the finalised commercial and public lighting calculation methodology The determination provides for crediting emissions reductions from projects that improve the energy performance of lighting systems in commercial and industrial buildings, as well as public areas, such as pedestrian, street, and traffic lighting

 

User input feeds design innovation for emergency self test functionality

User input feeds design innovation for emergency self test functionality

In a former role as Regional Director of Engineering for a commercial property management company, Steve Cahill received continual feedback from property and building managers about the time-consuming nature of organising for emergency lighting tests and the cost of repairs and replacing batteries.

 

Project cost vs value - communicating the difference

Project cost vs value - communicating the difference

New lighting technology requires projects to be assessed differently than like for like lamp replacements. Energy performance, operating life and light depreciation factors all play an important role

 

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SPARC 2015 wrap

Thanks to all our stand visitors from SPARC 2015, held last week at Sydney's Exhibition Centre, Glebe Island. The interest level in our new & extended product offerings was high. As always, we welcomed the targeted technical analysis & questioning of the design and perofrmance features from the specifier audience.

 

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Energy Savers - Stephen Coman, Sustainability Manager

Stephen Coman, Knight Frank’s Sustainability Leader for the Charter Hall property portfolio, talks to enLighten about lighting projects to improve sustainability performance and reduce operating costs for his client, and about what he enjoys in his job.

 

Specification win for Park & Ride Canley Vale

Specification win for Park & Ride Canley Vale

Chamaeleon and Zorro lights feature in car park lighting for new multi storey commuter car park commissioned by Transport for NSW in Sydney's southwest.

 

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Federal budget offers lighting upgrade opportunities for small business

Reduce your operating costs & get an instant asset write off for assets up to $20,000 in value.

 

SA Institute among first installations of Chamaeleon III

SA Institute among first installations of Chamaeleon III

Adelaide's SA Pathology building, housing clinical research facilities, is among the first customers of enLighten's new Chamaeleon III light.

 

Ecovantage wins major residential strata project

Ecovantage wins major residential strata project

Energy efficiency solutions company Ecovantage team with enLighten Australia for major Sydney strata LED lighting upgrade win.

 

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Energy Savers: Andrew Moroney, Electrical Contractor

We speak with the owner of Let There Be Light Electrical, a Brisbane based electrical contracting business and lighting wholesaler on LED lighting opportunities, quality assessment, areas of client confusion and major projects.

 

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Short lead time wins APA Networks warehouse job

Electrical contractor Barry Stanton of Platinum Electricians Morningside was delighted with the trial results of enLighten's Tauro Blu (Cetus) high bay light, which was recently installed in a Brisbane warehouse for APA Group (Networks). The short delivery time won the lighting upgrade to replaced failed 400watt Metal halide lights This compared with over 6-8 weeks delivery of a competitor product, at a higher price.

 

Report from Road Lighting 2015

Report from Road Lighting 2015

Enlighten CEO Steve Cahill reports on the booming LED street light upgrade market from the Auckland conference, 9-10 March

 

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St Vincent de Paul Society warehouse lighting upgrade win

High efficiency warehouse lighting delivers a 69% energy saving and enhanced lighting conditions for the St Vincent de Paul Society's Auburn Distribution Centre.

 

REES scheme expansion offers lighting upgrade funding opportunities for SA businesses

The former Residential Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES) has been rebranded to Retailer Energy Efficiency scheme and from Jan 1 2015 will include energy efficiency activities for business including commercial lighting upgrades.

 

Chamaeleon light features in Sydney EUA project

A fire stair lighting upgrade was among the energy efficiency measures undertaken at a 50 year old 15 storey B grade Sydney CBD commercial office tower. The $700,000 project was financed through a new Environmental Upgrade Agreement between the City of Sydney,owners the Anglican Church, Eureka Funds Management and the CEFC.

 

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NSW Land and Housing Corporation project learnings

Summary of the key learnings from 115 energy efficient common area lighting upgrade projects in NSW social housing properties from 2011-4. Extracts from the case study presentation made by Manager Environmental Sustainability, Susanna Savolainen, at the 4th Local Government & Public Sector Building Management & Maintenance conference held in Sydney in November 2014

 

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Energy Savers: Cynthia Jolley Rogers, Lighting Designer

Interview with Exergy's Lighting Consultant, Projects & Advisory Division on how she juggles lighting efficiency demands with light quality, how client demands have changed in the commercial property sector & what technologies excite her

 

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enLighten supports NuGreen Solutions in multi Hobart Car Park tender win

Congratulations to energy project company NuGreen Solutions, who were recently awarded the open tender for by Hobart City Council for the design, supply, installation, testing, commission and maintenance of energy efficient lighting for three Council owned off -street car parks.

 

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Avoiding the pitfalls of the LED lighting quality gap

A high profile Melbourne CBD commercial office tower was recently thrown into a tailspin following an LED lighting upgrade in the fire stair, which failed to meet compliance.

 

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DC lighting features in iDemand demonstration project

Enlighten Australia was invited by high voltage electricity transmission network operator, TransGrid NSW to collaborate in an innovative project at its Western Sydney site. iDemand is designed to reduce electrical demand on site by up to 50% at peak times.

 

EUA financing first for Chamaeleon light upgrade

A fire stair lighting upgrade was among the energy efficiency measures undertaken at a 50 year old 15 storey B grade Sydney CBD commercial office tower. The $700,000 project was financed through a new Environmental Upgrade Agreement between the CIty of Sydney,owners the Anglican Church, Eureka Funds Management and the CEFC.

 

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Financing options - help is here

In response to the growing range of financing options available in the marketplace, the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage has released an Energy Efficiency and Renewables Financing Guide. The guide is designed to assist building owners and managers understand the types of finance available and selection tools to assess which options suit their needs.

 

VEET target remains - prices rise

Good news for commercial lighting upgrade customers in Victoria. Legislation planning to dramatically reduce next year’s Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) and to abandon the scheme from 1 January 2016 failed to pass the Victorian parliament.

 

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Free energy assessments for food & grocery businesses

The Australian Food & Grocery Council is providing SMEs in the sector with under 200 employees access to resources & practical advice to save energy.

 

Australian LED lighting innovator works with TransGrid on an exciting electricity demand management project in western Sydney

The latest in high efficiency LED lighting and controls from 2012 National Cleantech Open winner enLighten Australia has been installed in TransGrid’s workshop in western Sydney as part of the iDemand showcase project.

 

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Energy Savers: Michael Sheehan, Commercial Property Engineering Services Manager

Interview with Jones Lang Lasalle's Engineering Services Manager, Michael Sheehan on how he juggles capital expenditure, risk compliance and running costs for an A-grade Brisbane CBD commercial office building. Reproduced with permission from Lux Review Australia magazine

 

Zorro area light lensing options expanded

A variety of lensing options are now available for the Zorro area light. New options include a wider light spread to cover up to four car park spaces in an outdoor car park application.

 

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Chamaeleon light design supports optimal performance of LEDs

The Chamaeleon standby LED light circuit operation does not decrease luminaire lifespan.

 

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Daily Fresh Food Service cold storage lighting upgrade delivers 77% savings

The industrial site in Western Sydney realises over 77% energy savings with a Tauro Blu high bay LED lighting retrofit