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  • Indoor Air Quality & Ventilation

    Air pollution and outdoor air quality is a common point of discussion, particularly in cities and active industrial areas. However, much less focus is given to indoor air quality. According to the Australian Government's Department of Agriculture, Water, and Environment, Australians spend a whopping 90 per cent of their time indoors. While Australia has not done extensive studies on the...

  • Outdoor Lighting Design Tips

    When it comes to outdoor lighting design, an electrically savvy homeowner may be able to do it themselves. However, it is not a straightforward task and not for the faint-hearted. If you’re not experienced with lighting, we highly recommend calling in a professional. Outdoor lighting design done well is a thing of beauty but, when done wrong, it can be...

  • 10 Reasons Why Your LED Lights Keep Flickering

    As impressive as LED lights are, however, they aren't impervious to issues. Many folks report that their LED lights keep flickering, including newly-installed bulbs.

  • LED Battens - Everything You Need To Know

    LED battens have advanced significantly over the past several years, and today there are numerous possibilities for batten lights as opposed to fluorescent battens being the only option. This is wonderful since 4 foot fluorescent battens are an eyesore, but with LED battens they can manipulate the fittings to provide a much cleaner, less industrial appearance. The nicest aspect about...

  • Art Lighting 101: Tips and Best Products for Displaying Your Collection

    Artwork can be stunningly displayed with the appropriate lighting. It can also warm up the room, making your artwork more delightful to behold. For individuals unfamiliar with lighting, choosing art lighting might be difficult.

  • The Buyer's Guide to Choosing the Right Track Lighting

    Track lighting is a type of lighting that gets its name from the fact that it’s installed along a track. It’s a method of lighting that involves attaching light fixtures anywhere on a continuous track. This means that you can draw light anywhere it’s set.

  • Best DIY Lighting Products

    Lighting is a vital component of every living or working area, but it does not have to be dull or expensive to serve its purpose. In point of fact, all you need is a little ingenuity and some simple equipment to make your very own one-of-a-kind lighting solutions. These solutions will not only enlighten the area you are working in,...

  • 7 Benefits of Installing a Smart Lighting System in Your Home

    Are you ready for smart lighting? If you don't have it in your home, you're probably wondering if it's worth making the change. We've put together a list of the top seven benefits of installing a smart lighting system.

  • How to Choose a Lamp Shade - Lamp Shade Buyers Guide

    Choosing the right lampshade can make or break your whole aesthetic. Read our ultimate guide on how to choose a lampshade that will elevate your room's style.

  • Best LED Strip Lights Australia - The Expert Guide

    Decorating your home in LED strip lights can be expensive, and it's hard to know which ones are worth the investment. You might be worried that you won't like the final product, or that it'll be too bright or too dim. We will break down different applications so you can make an educated purchase for the right LED strip light.

  • Best LED Oyster Lights: Review Of Our Top 7

    If you're looking for a new light fixture for your home, you may want to consider LED oyster lights. In this post, we'll take a look at the top seven LED oyster lights on the market today.

  • The Best Outdoor LED Security Lights Australia

    When it comes to security, there's no room for compromise. You need the best outdoor LED security lights to keep your home or business safe and secure. But with so many options on the market, how can you be sure you're getting the right product for your needs? That's where we come in. We've done the hard work for you,...

  • The Complete Outdoor Tree Lighting Guide

    There are quite a few ways you can employ to light up your trees. The most common ones include uplighting, downlighting, and even moonlighting. Let’s look at these tree lighting techniques in detail.

  • Pendant Light Guide

    Are you looking to brighten up a room in your home?Sure, you could go to the effort of painting the walls. Or you could fork out the money and completely redecorate. But if you're after a simple, budget-friendly fix that will change the focus of the room in an instant, we've got a better idea - install a pendant light....

  • The Expert Guide To Festoon Lighting - Our Best Picks

    It can be tough to know where to start when looking for festoon lights. Not all lights are created equal, and with so many options available it can be hard to know which ones are right for you. Here’s a guide to help you choose the best festoon lights for your needs: Table Of Contents: Things To Consider Before Buying

  • Best Outdoor Lighting for Every Need

    For many people, the idea of lighting begins and ends indoors — but outdoor lighting can be just as important if you want to enjoy your space even after the sun goes down. From your façade to your landscape, outdoor lighting can provide increased safety and security, as well as a beautiful appearance.

  • The 7 Best Floor Lamps - Our Top Options for Each Style

    Supplementing your overheads with a great floor lamp can help add a beautiful aesthetic to your home and make it easier and more enjoyable to complete your daily tasks.

  • Best Outdoor Heaters In Australia For 2024

    We touch on all the best outdoor heaters for 2024 including both gas and electric models. Now with advanced technologies in outdoor heaters there is no need to end the evening early!

  • Table Lamps Guide | Lighting Designer Top Picks

    Whether you’re searching for the best table lamps for the living room, bedroom, hallway, bathroom, kitchen or even your business, we’ve got you covered. We’ve compiled some of our best table lamp choices into one convenient list to help make your search easier.

  • 3 Types of Lighting and Why You Need Them In Your Home

    Home lighting comes in many different forms, from graceful chandeliers to eclectic table lamps. And is that really a surprise? After all, we use lighting for so many things, so it makes sense to have a variety of lighting options available.

  • See Work in a New Light: Tips to Maximise Your Office Lighting Design

    Seems like one of the main things that offices are known for is their bad lighting. You know what we’re talking about: stark, white overhead florescent fixtures that seem to give you a headache the moment you step into the doors.

  • Best Ceiling Fans Australia - 2022 Review

    This ceiling fan reviews blog has been updated for 2022 and beyond. We've updated our article with some of the best ceiling fans Australia has seen (and yet to see) this summer season.

  • The Lighting Outlets Top 10 Downlights Australia

    The below list is not only some of the best downlights we've seen but also some of the best downlight manufacturers that have built their reputations from years in the industry

  • 3 in 1 Bathroom Heater Review - Our Best 3 in 1 Bathroom Heaters

    Everything you need to know before purchasing a 3 in 1 bathroom heater. We even list some of favourite our models.

  • Driveway Lighting Ideas: Creative Ideas to Illuminate Your Driveway

    Is your driveway a bit bland and boring? Are you worried about both safety and security? Your home is your biggest asset, and you want to invest your money wisely when it comes to prioritizing home projects. Design pros agree that lighting is a good investment when it comes to your indoor and outdoor spaces. There are so many great...

  • How to Maintain 316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel From Corroding and Rusting

    Corrosion and rusting can happen to any material. Including 316 stainless steel. But, even though it can corrode and rust, that doesn't mean stainless steel is a poor option. It just needs proper maintenance. Fortunately for you, that's exactly what we're going to discuss in this article.

  • LED vs. Fluorescent Tube Lights - Should You Make The Switch?

    Do the words fluorescent tube lights make you think of dingy offices or daggy kitchen designs? Tube lights may have had a bap rap but have their place in modern interior design. They've moved on from the ones that used to flicker before they died. LED technology promises to bring them firmly into the modern age.

  • Lux vs Lumens: Everything You Need to Know

    While the science behind lux vs lumens is complex, the concept is much easier to comprehend. Lux focuses on the receiver, or input, of light, whilst lumens focuses on the producer, or output, from the light source itself.

  • Light Up Your Life: 10 Ways to Use LED Strip Lighting in Your Home

    Want to decorate your home with LED strip lights? LED strip light technology has been around for decades now. What used to be for holiday decoration has found its place in our personal spaces at home. Not only does it come in different varieties, but it also has some unique uses. From your outdoor spaces to anywhere in your home,...

  • Do LED Lights Attract Bugs?

    Do LED lights attract bugs? Are LED lights worse for bugs than incandescent bulbs? How can I keep these bugs away from my house and still have lights outside?  The answers to these questions can be found below!

  • How Many Lumens Do You Need to Properly Light Your Space?

    Today, you need to know how many lumens will give you the amount of light you need because watts are no longer a consistent measure. A 12-watt LED bulb can give you 1,200 lumens, while you might need 18 watts to get the same light from a CFL.

  • Retail Lighting Design Guide — Everything You Need to Know

    Proper lighting draws customers into your shop and guides them through the store once they're inside. If you find that customers routinely pass over merchandise and neglect certain corners of the store, it might be time to revamp your lighting situation. 

  • Light Bulb Recycling

    Did you know that we've been using light bulbs for more than 150 years? Those first light bulbs could only last for about 15 hours. Today, advances in technology mean that your light bulbs can last for decades.  Eventually, though, every light bulb will come to the end of its useful life. What's the best way to dispose of unwanted...

  • Breaking Down the Most Popular Lighting Trends

    Lighting trends have greatly evolved in the 21st Century. To help you decide upon the lighting scheme of your dreams, we've put together a thorough guide for the latest lighting trends. First, we'll show you some of the most popular styles.

  • What Does CRI Mean in Lighting?

    When it comes to indoor lighting, there are 4 main types you can have: ambient, task, accent, and mood. No matter which ones you choose, you'll notice that the bulbs usually say CRI, followed by a number. You might have an inkling that this is some sort of rating for the light bulbs. But what does it mean, and what...

  • A complete guide on how to install fittings into corrugated iron

    Ever wondered how to mount plumbing or electrical fittings to corrugated iron? Well in this blog you will find the perfect solution. Our Stock Sheet is specifically designed for building projects demanding larger blocks or custom shapes to mount specialty fixtures, especially those that surpass the size of pre-cut stock blocks or need to be secured to corrugated iron cladding....

  • Our Best Garden Lights to Spice Up Your Garden This Summer

    The first type of lighting to consider falls into the category of spike lights. These are LED lamps that have a garden spike on the end of them so that they can securely settle into your garden's soil. 

  • The Ultimate Ceiling Fan Buying Guide

    Find a ceiling fan that perfectly fits your room size and airflow needs with this ceiling fan buying guide featuring all the considerations you need to know.

  • DC vs AC Ceiling Fans: Which One Is Best?

    You wake up drenched on a hot summer's night. Your old ceiling fan has gone kaput, and now, you feel like you're living through a midsummer night's nightmare........

  • Choosing The Right Exhaust Fan

    Selecting the right exhaust fan is crucial for the long-term maintenance of your property, as well as your own health. Exhaust fans remove moisture from the air, as well as unwanted odours, smoke and other air pollutants. The right fan will prevent damp and mould as well as, quite simply, making your room a nicer, fresher space. With lots of...

  • Light Bulbs, Explained!

    The Different Types of Light Bulbs, Explained Ever since Thomas Edison invented the light bulb in 1879, the entire world underwent a massive transformation. The invention of the light bulb enabled countries to move from using street lanterns and candles to light their streets and homes, to using electricity. Since then, light bulbs have come a long way. There are...

  • COB LED vs. SMD LED: Which One Shines Brighter?

    You love your LED lights, as they have long lifespans and are more efficient than your old-school fluorescent bulbs. Plus, these bulbs are safer and feature lower maintenance costs. However, not all LED lights are alike. The reality is, there are two kinds of LED downlights: the chip on board, or COB, LED and the surface mount diode, or SMD, LED. Both...

  • Warm White Vs Cool White Lighting

    So, what's the difference? As you can see in the photo below, the 3000k (often called warm white) has a yellow tinge, the 6000k (often called day light) has almost a blue colour to it and the cool white 4000k is a mix of the both with a neutral tone to it.

  • Floor Lamp Ideas (A Room by Room Guide)

    The right lighting can make all the difference in your home. It can balance out a room that is North-facing and dim or make a too-large space feel intimate and cozy. Some lights are practically a work of art on their own. You'll need to use a number of different lamps to achieve the right effect, and the right floor...

  • Solar Lighting Guide: Why & How To Choose Solar

    Solar lighting is no longer a novelty; it’s a widely accepted, reliable form of lighting for both private and commercial properties. Ignoring the environmental credentials for a minute, solar is easy to install, cheap to run and largely portable too. When you consider the sustainability angle, it’s really hard to look past them. However, we know there’s a lot of...

  • What is IP Rating?

    Guide to IP Ratings When it comes to outdoor lighting, it’s vital that your lights are weatherproof. This will not only ensure that your lights don’t fall prey to rain or dust but also that they’re safe to be used outside or in wet areas of your house, such as your bathroom. Some lights will say on them that they...

  • Tips For Kitchen Pendant Lighting

    Kitchen pendant lighting ideas to consider. How many times have you heard 'home is where the heart is'? Your kitchen needs the most love when it comes to lighting, after all they are the central point of homes today. There are 1000's of different pendant lights online you can get for practical use but why not go the extra mile selecting...

  • How To Choose The Right LED Downlight

    For wattage, you want your downlights to be energy saving yet still produce a high beam. For this reason, we encourage you to use LED downlights. The average 10W LED downlight can produce a beam twice as bright as halogen that use up to 55W. The best option in terms of energy saving can range from as low as 4.5 watts to 14 watts in LED.

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