Amador enlightened (pardon the pun!) all those attending with information about the latest lighting technology.  We learnt how to reduce our energy costs through modifying lighting, not to mention learning which lighting is most suited for the task.

The following information has been prepared by presenter Amador Garcia from Safety First Energy Solutions.

LED lighting presentation by Amador Garcia

30th April 2015

If you were to see a water tap leaking would you take immediate action to stop it??  Well, that happens a lot with electricity but because people can’t see it they don’t action it!!

Clever solutions within the house, timers, sensors, LED lights.

Tonight is about empowering householders to take action to reduce their energy use.  Incandescent 60W(14 lumens) – 3000 hours (1 year), CFL 14 watts(64 lumens) – 8000 hours (4 years), LED 10 W (80 lumens) 30-50000 hours (20 years).

LED’s much longer lifespan so much less maintenance. 

Halogen lamp vs LED temperatures –

Halogen 237 degrees Celsius vs LED 68 degrees Celsius at it’s hottest point.  This allows for insulation to be situated closer to the lighting

Highly recommend purchasing from reputable company for light globes. 

Recycle old globes through Shire program.

You will throw away about 5 cfls or about 30 incandscents for every 1 LED.  There are a range of LED lights available, panel lights, LED tubes, LED globes and of course you need to take into account the purpose ie. kitchen lighting needs to be cool (ie. bright) where as bedroom/loungeroom may be preferable to have warm light (ie. softer).

End of life equals 70% of lumen output.

If every house in the U.S. changed ONE LIGHT BULB to LED it would be the equivalent of taking 800 000 cars off the road or planting 400 000 000 trees.

The energy saved could light 3 million homes for one year.

This could be reduced to just 4% with LED lighting.

One LED will save more than $100 over the life of the bulb.

Saved 35% of Trafalgar Pharmacy (lighting) electricity bill by changing lights to LED.

Instant return on lighting.

For example, business running 5 days a week from 8am-5pm payback time for efficient lighting upgrade is about 18 months.

Flat LED panel light - Soft, consistent light that looks somewhat like a sky light 32 W vs 100W (double fluoro)

Motion sensors for rooms which automatically turns lights on and off.  Great for schools etc.

Aircon off unit – sensor to turn off airconditioning.  Smart remote controls for air con – helps limit the range of temperature.  The drastic increases/decreases in temperate actually chews a lot of power so the smart remote reduces the temperature variation which in turn saves energy.

Lumen sensor in lights, so for example, at night when kids go to the toilet it will turn on whereas in the day time it won’t.

In summary, LED lighting seems to be the most cost & energy efficient lighting technology currently.  These in combination with sensors can save a huge amount of energy being wasted.  

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