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Eurobodalla Home Guide : 2010
32 eurobodalla home guide LIGHTING South Coast LIGHTING Your Local Lighting Specialists Shop 1/1 Noble Parade, Dalmeny Ph/Fax: 02 4476 8282 Trained consultants to advise you Lighting is one of the most important considerations when building your home. South Coast Lighting, in the Dalmeny Shopping Centre, is convenient- ly situated in the centre of the Eurobodalla and Bega shires. It is the only dedicated lighting shop between Ulladulla and Merimbula. Just take your plans along to South Coast Lighting's Dalmeny showroom and their trained staff will be only too happy to help you decide on the posi- tioning and type of light fittings you need, to achieve the desired effect in your home. All lights are guaranteed and their after sales service is sec- ond to none. As a member of the Lighting Network Association, South Coast Lighting is able to pur- chase from a large number of lighting suppliers all over Australia and offers very com- petitive prices to their cus- tomers. High on the agenda today are energy-saving globes and here you will find the best selection and the biggest choice at the right price. One of the biggest problems in modern homes is ineffective lighting. Too many rooms have dark corners. At South Coast Lighting, you will find many different types and styles of wall lights, uplighters, floor lamps, reading and table lamps, novelty and mood lights, as well as pen- dants, oysters, leadlights, circu- lar and tubular fluorescents, spotlights, downlights, low volt- age, exteriors, garden lights and a wide variety of do-it-yourself batten-fix ceiling lights. South Coast Lighting's staff is constantly being updated with all the latest innovations in light- ing by the Lighting Network Association, so they are quali- fied to give you the best advice on the right lights for your home. Take advantage of this free advisory service when choosing your lights. South Coast Lighting's well- stocked showroom is in the Dalmeny Shopping Centre, just north of Narooma. ADVERTORIAL light up your living space time to LED there be low-energy light The Federal Government's phase- out of standard incandescent light globes has already begun. Since November last year, Australian shops have only been allowed to sell their pre-existing stock. But we don't need to be scared of the dark --- there are eco-friendly options to brighten our homes and save us money. There are two main kinds of low-energy lighting technology: fluorescent lamps --- both old- style tubes and newer compact fluoros (CFLs) --- and light emit- ting diodes (LEDs). David Baggs, technical director of Ecospecifier (an eco product database), says that to get the right light, you should consider both colour and brightness. Incandescent globes give off a yellowish light that most people like. "To get a light that has the warmth we're comfortable with, ask for 'warm white' CFLs or LEDs," Mr Baggs says. Then, to be sure your low- energy globe will shine brightly enough, compare the power of the light (measured in 'lumens') against similar incandescent bulbs. "Any good lighting shop or online retailer will have that infor- mation," he says. Your home needs two types of lighting: general lighting for all- over illumination and task lighting for specific areas. According to John Knox from the Alternative Technology Association's webshop, CFLs are the best general-purpose option but, in a decade, LEDs will be the only lights we buy. Good-quality household CFLs last up to eight times longer than incandescents and cost between $5 and $15. Dimmable versions cost about $30 each. Mr Knox recommends bigger name brands. "They're generally higher quali- ty, last longer and won't flicker," he says. CFLs are widely available in spiral and stick shapes, but you can search online to track down more exotic versions, such as petite candle shapes that slot into rangehoods or chandeliers. Halogen downlights are the most energy-draining task light- ing in Australian homes. They're often used in clusters as a substitute for general illumi- nation. "You don't need down- lights over a dining room," Mr Knox says. "Try a pendant light fitting with a CFL instead." If you want to keep your downlights but cut their energy consumption, the simple option is to install high-efficiency halo- gens, which cost about $10 each. LED downlights will set you back a hefty $30 to $60 each, but they have an elephantine lifespan. "If you use your downlights two hours a day, you'll get back your costs in electricity savings alone inside seven years. "And at that rate of use, the LED will last for 34 years," Mr Knox says. LEDs aren't yet as bright as halogens, so they're best suited to lounge areas, hallways or toi- lets, and can be bought with a driver that makes them dimma- ble.For best results, you may need to replace the transformer (an extra $25). If your old transformer plugs into a socket, you can change it without an electrician. CFLs are also available as downlights ($10 to $15 each), but you'll need an electrician to replace the fitting. All CFLs contain a small amount of mercury, so they're hazardous if broken or left in landfill.