This article about common area lighting has been supplied and written by Sonya Williams, enLighten Australia.
An analysis of the pros & cons for Strata Managers, Building Managers & Executive Committees
Scenario 1 – Common Area Lighting
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The 6 monthly fire & emergency light test report has revealed a number of failed emergency lights in common areas (underground car park, fire stairs, corridors). The existing lighting is a twin 36W fluorescent tube with magnetic ballast & consumes approx 105Watts of electricity, running 24/7.
The fire services contractor has provided a quote to replace the emergency lighting batteries with an additional installation fee. There is no warranty on the replaced batteries & a 12 month warranty to replace the whole luminaire (tubes, batteries & ballast).
|Emergency Fluorescent tube lighting||Battery replacement – $100||Purchase new luminaire with battery – $140||New LED luminaire with controls $300|
Why consider a LED lighting upgrade
With average electricity price increases year on year, replacing high energy consuming lights such as incandescent, halogen & T8 fluorescent tube lights with more efficient lighting has offered strata properties with a cost effective way to reduce energy.
- Save money on 3 fronts
- Reduced electricity bills from energy consumption,
- Reduced maintenance costs
- When replacing fluorescent lighting with LED lighting, you can increase your building’s power factor & reduce your electricity demand charge
Where to start
- Conduct a basic lighting audit of your building.
- Understanding your current energy use & lighting energy costs to set as “baseline” data.
- In addition to consumption, understand the demand & usage based charges.
- Green Strata a not for profit information source for Owners Corporations
- Smart Blocks program – standard forms & templates for presentations to the Executive Committee,
- Check with your local Council if they run a smart apartments or similar program. Eg Adelaide City Council is providing reimbursements for the installation of energy saving devices, including LED lighting upgrades for apartment buildings, community housing, schools, small business and sporting groups with the Adelaide Council local government area.
- Financial rebates are available in NSW, SA & Victoria for common area lighting upgrades. Watch this space – our next report will flesh out the process of how to claim energy efficiency certificates (see more)
Are you interested in more information about common area lighting or information particular to strata legislation in your state or territory? Visit our FactSheet: Apartment Living Sustainability OR Strata FactSheets by States pages.
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