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.
The Chamaeleon III emergency & non emergency bulkhead was one of three luminaires that received Design Excellence Awards from the judging panel, which consisted of IES Board Members and lighting designers. The other winners were Lumisun's Maxima Highbay and Gerard Lighting's InterT LED.
A further four Awards of Commendation were handed out. The entry categories for luminaire design included prototype, working model, in production or bespoke. To qualify for entry, the luminaire design needed to have been conducted in NSW.
enLighten's Steve Cahill reflects on the win."We welcome the industry acknowledgement of our new Chamaeleon III's design features, which have benefited from practical user input."
In Steve's former role as Regional Director of Engineering for a commercial property management company, he 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.
"For building managers, the logistics and costs around emergency light testing and reporting can be complex" comments Steve.
"Tenants need to be notified, circuit breakers switched off at a time to minimise disruption, which often brings an after hours contractor price tag. The solution was supposedly a monitored system however many of these were found to be not reliable".
6 years after co-founding LED lighting innovation company, enLighten Australia, Steve’s solution to this burning challenge is the new Chamaeleon III stand alone emergency luminaire.
Design features include the capability of the light to operate normally during the test so that occupants do not need to be notified of any disruption to normal activities. The emergency test was also designed so that it automatically occurs on a monthly basis eliminating the necessity to plan and coordinate a range of stakeholders.
“Determining the compliance status is simply a matter of walking through the building taking note of the multicoloured lead indicator which reports the status of the most recent test.”
“Our aim was to address the disruption issues and reduce costs for our customers. With timely information, the building manager can better schedule maintenance to suit the schedule of works and avoid having maintenance contractors wait on site during the 90 minute discharge test.” commented Steve.
The 2015 Chamaeleon III award builds on a previous 2012 HIgh Commendation for the modular Tauro Blu LED high bay luminaire
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