Chamaeleon makes it Earth Hour, all day, every day

Released: 01-Feb-2012
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The amazing Chamaeleon, named after a constellation, is an LED (Light Emitting Diode) multi-function light for low occupancy areas such as fire stairs, car parks and service corridors.

Chamaeleon won the 2011 NSW Government Green Globe Award for Innovation and features two lighting circuits in one light fitting. One circuit (about 20% of the total) remains on at all times. This circuit also acts as the emergency component of the light if it is configured as an emergency light. The main lighting circuit is activated when the microwave sensor detects people entering the space.

This design feature allows for significant electrical and greenhouse reductions, as the standby power usage is in the range of 6-7 watts. This presents a significant saving when replacing fluorescent tube lights which are often paired and can draw over 100 watts per luminaire.

enLighten Australia CEO and Chamaeleon designer, David Whitfield, observed that emergency areas such as car parks and fire stairs were often over-lit and that the lights were on 24 hours a day.

We saw an opportunity to innovate and deliver up to 93% energy savings whilst still delivering light levels that exceeded Australian standards”

“The electricity usage data gathered across existing Chamaeleon installations in over 30 buildings in NSW has revealed many of these areas are rarely used, with fire stair occupancy often less than 1%," said Mr Whitfield.

“Our philosophy at enLighten of lighting to “suit the need” has translated into attractive returns on investment of between 0.8 and 2.5 years.”

enLighten Australia was formed in 2008 to deliver innovative, efficient and high quality LED lighting solutions to the Australian market. The company holds six international design patents with a further two in application stage.

The Chamaeleon has enjoyed strong uptake among commercial and industrial property owners such as DEXUS, Colonial First State, GPT, Lend Lease, ISPT and Sydney residential strata managers, who all see the financial and environmental benefits of the product.

According to David Whitfield: “by automating the process of turning the lights off, or in the case of the Chamaeleon, down to standby mode, we are guaranteeing results.”

With the Chamaeleon, no-one can be blamed for leaving the lights on!

enLighten Australia has been a registered corporate supporter of Earth Hour in 2011 and 2012.