Why we won’t brand our LEDs

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At Energy Makeovers our LED manufacturers offer state of the art LEDs that we meticulously select and test regularly. Just like any industry, lighting manufacturing has its fair share of ‘snake-oil salesmen’; those manufacturers who make claims false about their products that either aren’t true or may not be technically possible with current lighting technology. So to ensure we offer the best products to our customers; and by ‘best’ we mean those that offer the highest output of lumens for the lowest level of Kw and the most efficient lifespan of globe; we test all the varieties of products we…

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Melbourne businesses could upgrade their highbays to LED for free!

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Do you own or run a business in Melbourne that uses highbays? Do you manage a warehouse or storage facility that uses highbays? Many businesses around Melbourne and Victoria are eligible for subsidies when upgrading their lighting. Upgrading your highbays can offer a huge reduction on your energy bills, plus saves thousands of dollars in maintenance costs. A simple change like upgrading inefficient, energy-hungry metal halide to LED highbays can have a significant impact on the quality of lighting in your workplace and drastically reduce your lighting costs. LED highbays last up to 10 years, provide a cooler, brighter light…

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The false claims of lighting manufacturers

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LED technology is developing at a rapid pace as sales of LEDs increase around the globe. The increase in popularity also means incremental drops in LED prices from manufacturers. Here’s a graph highlighting the drop in LED lighting costs since 2008. Source As manufacturers compete for market share we do see the inevitable ‘snake-oil’ claims from some manufacturers promoting products that offer LED specs that are not only incorrect, but not actually possible yet with current LED technology. Here’s an example we received from a manufacturer advertising a product with capabilities not available with current LED technology. We have redacted the…

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Case study for an LED upgrade at Channel 7

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Channel 7 Case Study Many of us grew up with Channel 7 shows beaming into our lounge room: Blue Heelers, A Country Practice, Home and Away, My Kitchen Rules, AFL footy on the weekends and news every night at 6pm. But life behind the cameras can be tough work: Hours spent capturing minutes of footage and long days under hot, bright lights. It’s glamorous yet gruelling work. Channel 7 originally engaged Energy Makeovers just to upgrade their car park. But once they experienced the brighter, cooler LEDs that we installed, we were invited behind the scenes to upgrade the studios…

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What’s the return on investment of a lighting upgrade?

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Facilities Managers, Sustainability Managers and business owners often ask us, if there’s a co-payment required during a lighting upgrade, how long will it take to see a return on initial investment (or payback period)? Many businesses will see a return on investment in a matter of a few months! It really can be that quick. But ROI periods do vary business to business based on a few factors, but so here’s an example of the costs a business might face and the period of investment they can expect. Here’s an example of a return on investment period for a warehouse…

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How Sustainability Managers Help Businesses

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Sustainability Managers, often also known as Chief  Sustainability Officers are a new wave of industry within businesses focused on reducing the carbon footprint of a company. What does a Sustainability Manager do? They introduce recycling plans, energy-saving systems, completely rework supply chains and figure out ways, big and small to save energy and create less waste.  According to Wikipedia,“As of 2005, nearly all of the 150 largest companies in the world had a sustainability officer…” Even cities and countries are hiring for these roles. Here’s an example of a job advert we found when researching this post for Sydney! Although…

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Case study for an LED upgrade at Florsheim Stores, Melbourne

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Florsheim upgrades its old fluoros Many of us have been caught out in the harsh glare of bright, unflattering fluoro lighting while shopping for a new pair of shoes or jeans. Not only can they make every flaw appear with their unflattering light, but halogen tubes are also costly to run and difficult to replace. So the fashionable folk at Florsheim brought in Energy Makeovers for a lighting update. This well-heeled brand was established in 1892 in Chicago, Illinois. Since then, and has lived through two world wars, global recessions, thousands of fleeting fashions and now, the Digital Age. Online…

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Is your business eligible for free Highbays?

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Free Highbays for your commercial property If you own or use a warehouse or any commercial building, you know how painful it is to replace blown bulbs. Electricians, scissor lifts and unnecessary down-time: it is an expensive and inconvenient exercise. The solution? Upgrade to cost efficient, energy saving FREE LED highbays. Blown highbays and flickering fluoros cost owners and tenants thousands of dollars in maintenance costs. LED highbays last up to 10 years, provide a cooler, brighter light and offer a 66% reduction in lighting costs. Best of all, the upgrade is heavily subsidised, thanks to the Victorian Government’s Energy…

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How businesses lose money through wasted energy

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Energy bills are expensive. If you own or manage a business then they’re REALLY expensive. Some Australian businesses will spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on energy a year. Here are some energy guzzlers that could cause your business loses money through wasted energy 1. Poorly insulated windows. Offices with windows in Australia are often poorly insulated, single glazed and can have poor fittings which allow drafts. Place your hand along the edges of your office’s windows, if you can feel a draft, then that’s summer’s warm air heating up your air-conned office, or winter’s freezing chill cooling down the…

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How can I tell if my business is eligible for free LEDs?

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With many energy efficiency opportunities and upgrade subsidies through Australian state governments it can sometimes be a bit tricky to find out what you’re eligible for. Did you know many businesses in Victoria are eligible for heavily subsidised lighting upgrades? For example a warehouse with old highbay lights is eligible for FREE LED replacements*! Is your business eligible for FREE LEDs? Certain businesses are eligible for free LEDs and heavily subsidised upgrades through Energy Makeovers, thanks to the VEET scheme. These upgrades can save your business 66% in energy bills. Don’t believe us? Check out our Case Study for Storage King who…

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