General

  • 2016 Good Friday Appeal

    ANL Lighting presents cheque for $16,000 for the 2016 Good Friday Appeal. ANL Lighting presents cheque for $16,000 for the 2016 Good Friday Appeal.

    On Thursday the 24th March, ANL Lighting enthusiastically held a collective fund-raiser between staff and customers to raise money for the Good Friday Appeal – a foundation that we are very proud to participate in annually.

    The Good Friday Appeal is one of the largest community appeals in Australia and it's success lies within the service of many individuals and organisations who offer their generosity and support towards The Royal Children's Hospital.

    During the lead up to the date, our phone Sales Representatives collected generous donations from their clients. On behalf of the whole team at ANL Lighting we would like to thank our customers for their continued support and donations.

    In-house contributions from staff at ANL Lighting were achieved via engaging activities and auctions – where staff had opportunity to bid for Director's car parks, longer lunch breaks, gift hampers, Easter chocolates and more! The clear crowd favourite sell-off of the day however was the opportunity to submerge the Boss's and fellow employees into 1000L of water via a dunk tank! Plenty of laughs were had, (staff were particularly enthused to dunk the company Director's and their Managers into the cold water!) What a fun way to raise money!

    The final tally of the funds raised was $16,000! An amazing endeavor by all. Once again we would like to thank every individual who participated and generously donated to the 2016 Good Friday Appeal.

    ** The ultimate total of the 2016 Good Friday Appeal was a staggering $17,445,624.38!

  • 2015 Good Friday Appeal

    Good Friday Appeal_ImageThe Good Friday Appeal is one of the biggest community appeals in Australia and its success lies with the people who volunteer their time to organise fundraising activities throughout the year.

    This year, together with the generous support of staff and customers at ANL Lighting, we are incredibly happy to announce that we have raised over $8000 for the 2015 Good Friday Appeal!

    Such support ensures that The Royal Children’s Hospital can raise much needed funds for equipment, research and education to proceed with such great work.

    To all the staff and customers that participated in this fundraising campaign, THANK YOU! What an amazing job!

  • Merry Christmas and happy New Year

    Merry Christmas Merry Christmas

    It is safe to say, that another year has flown by, memories were made and obstacles were over come! ANL Lighting would like to take the opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year!

    With Christmas just around the corner, ANL advise all customers to contact their Account Manager now if you have not yet received your order or would like to make a last minute purchase, as you may not receive your goods till after the Christmas break.

    We will be closed over the Christmas period from the 20th December 2013 to the 13th January 2014 with limited staff being back on the 6th.

    We wish safe travels and look forward to catching up with you in the year 2014!

    MERRY CHRISTMAS

  • Benefits of Trade Shows

    There are many benefits for a company participating in trade shows. Branding will enhance your public image and presence in the market place, while advertising your products through demonstrations will expand clientele. You can experience growth in your customer base when you distribute product samples and launching products, as well as with face time with your clients. Networking will build relationships with other companies and customers, and the opportunity to observe and learn from other business is vital. You will also have increases in on-the-spot and future sales, as well as your own salesmanship.

    If a trade show sounds like something your company may be interested in, do your research. Find out where a trade show in your industry is being held and attend it to get a feel for how they are run so you are not overwhelmed when, or if, you choose to participate in one.

    Trade shows should be taken seriously; time and effort must be put into preparing for them in order to achieve the best results. To be successful, these steps will help when correctly put in place.

    1. Meetings:
    a. Consulting directors: Seek their advice on how they would like the event to run and whether it will be beneficial to your company.
    b. Initial planning: What time of the year it will be held, event location, start and end time and any materials you will need.
    c. Briefing staff: Advise them on all details of the event and any work they need to complete before, during and after the event.

    2. Advertising:
    a. Business cards
    b. Flyers / Handouts: Specification sheets on your products and any deals you may be holding
    c. Posters / Banners: Include your company logo and contact details
    d. Feedback forms

    3. Prizes:
    a. Show bags and gifts
    b. Door prizes

    4. Product showcasing:
    a. Displaying products: What products and how to best display it for it's purpose
    b. Presenters: Who will present and how the presentation will run

    5. Invitations:
    a. Emails
    b. Cold Calling
    c. Flyers

    6. Catering:
    a. RSVP: Get as many RSVP's as possible, to get a good idea of how many to cater for (always over cater)

    After the trade show, it is important to set a meeting time with the appropriate people in your company and review the event. Discuss what did or didn't work and how to improve it for future shows, what are other companies doing which made them more successful on the day, and read over any customer feedback forms.

  • Lamp Comparisons

    Lighting technology is advancing rapidly, so when it comes to choosing the best lamp option for you, it can understandably become confusing due to the different types of lamps available in the market.

    When purchasing lamps for any application, it is important to know their advantages and disadvantages.

    Metal Halide lamps:

    A metal halide lamp produces light by an electric arc through a gaseous mixture of vapourised mercury and metal halides (compounds of metals with bromine or iodine). They are a member of the high-intensity discharge (HID) lamp family.

    Advantages

    • Produces a whiter light

    • More energy efficient than Halogen lamps

    • Good for indoor, high ceiling areas and outdoor applications

    Disadvantages

    • Expensive to purchase

    • Contains harmful substances

    • Operates at high pressures and temperatures

    • Requires a warm up period before reaching full light output

    Halogen lamps:

    A halogen lamp, also known as a tungsten halogen lamp or quartz iodine lamp, is an advanced form of an incandescent lamp that has a small amount of a halogen, such as iodine or bromine added. The combination of the halogen gas and the tungsten filament produces a halogen cycle chemical reaction, which redeposits evaporated tungsten back onto the filament, increasing its life and maintaining the clarity of the envelope. This means that, a halogen lamp can be operated at a higher temperature than a standard gas-filled lamp of similar power and operating life, producing light of a higher luminous efficacy and colour temperature.

     Advantages

    • Small and lightweight

    • Longer lifespan than incandescents

    • Does not contain mercury

    • High light ouput

    • Instant start up, no warm up period required

    Disadvantages

    • Operates at high temperatures, can be very hot to touch

    • Less energy efficient than Metal Halide lamps

    • If touched, oil from hands and fingers will cause malfunction.

    Compact Fluorescent lamps “CFL's:

    Compact fluorescents lamps, also known as CFL's, use gas, mercury particles and phosphor to create light. The gas becomes excited by electricity, and when combined with mercury particles, produces invisible ultraviolet light. The UV light then hits the white phosphor coating inside the bulb, causing it to fluoresce and emit white light. There is circuitry inside the base of the light that stops it from flickering.

    Advantages

    • Various colour temperatures available

    • Average lifespan of 10,000 hours

    • Uses approximately 80% less energy

    • Can be put into most existing light sockets

    Disadvantages

    • Contains Mercury

    • Constant switching on and off can decrease lifespan

    • Emits UV rays

    Light Emitting Diodes “LEDs”:

    Light Emitting Diodes also known as LEDs, are electrical components with two terminals, which conduct the electricity only in one direction. With an electrical current, the diode emits a bright light around the small bulb. Connecting a diode to an electrical current excites the electrons within the diode, making them release photons, which we see as light. The colour of the light is a direct result of the energy gap in the semiconductor of the diode. This means that LEDs produce a spectrum of colours easily and brightly, while using very little electricity to do so.

    Advantages

    • Very energy efficient

    • Shockproof & durable

    • Average lifespan of 35,000 – 50,000 hours

    • Available in a wide variety of beam angles, to suit many different applications

    • Does not produce UV rays

    • Containno harmful substances

    • Available in both interior and exterior fittings

    • Reduction in maintenance and electricity costs

    • Instant start up, no warm up period required

    • Not affected by cold weather

    • Environmentally friendly

    Disadvantages

    • Can be expensive to purchase

  • Why Think Green. Why Think Orange

    Thinking green-think orange

    Why Think Green?

    Global warming has become a more prominent factor when choosing what to buy. Consumers are thinking about the environmental factors & greenhouse gas emissions, as well as the cost & quality factors.

    Global warming is the rise in the average temperature of Earth's atmosphere, most being natural with some being man-made. This rise is caused by the increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases.

    Heat energy on Earth comes from the Sun, producing solar radiation. Some of this radiation is reflected back off the Earth, into space. A small amount is absorbed by the Earth's atmosphere. Carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and water vapour are the four main greenhouse gases, which occur naturally, but also can be caused by human activity. Industrial, transportational, agricultural, housing and deforestation are some activities that cause significant increases in these greenhouse gases, particularly carbon dioxide.

    The increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere means that they are able to retain a greater amount of heat energy. Heat from the Sun is a short wavelength, which is intense and energetic. This is absorbed by the Earth and when radiated back out, it is now cooler than the Sun, making it a longer wavelength. This new wavelength is the same as that of the greenhouse gases, therefore the gases can absorb the heat. This causes the Earth's atmosphere to warm up and consequently causes the climate to change, producing effects such as rises in sea levels, more frequent extreme weather events, species extinctions and decreases in crop yields.

    Most electricity is generated by the burning of fossil fuels, which greatly produces carbon dioxide and therefore much of Australia's electricity production uses methods that generate greenhouse gases. Australian households produce an average of 18 tonnes of greenhouse gases per year, which is about one fifth of Australia's greenhouse gas emissions. Roughly 15% of those emissions come from lighting. By switching your lighting to LED lighting, you will be saving on the electricity used to run them, as well as reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions being released.

    LED lights use less energy than standard lighting, such as Halogens, Metal Halides and Incandescents. They have a common lifespan of 35,000-50,000 hours, lasting for many years and therefore reducing landfill waste. These factors greatly reduce the amount of greenhouse gases being produced and so are a much more environmentally friendly option, when it comes to lighting.

    Why Think Orange?

    Taking the step from Thinking Green, understanding what and why we need to move towards a greener future, to Thinking Orange, buying environmentally friendly lighting, can be daunting to some people. Many consumers have been apprehensive about joining the LED revolution, through uncertainty on energy efficiency, performance and reliability, or just not wanting to move forward out of the norm.

    The cost of changing to LED lighting is a common reason why consumers are hesitant to invest their money. Upfront costs of LED lighting may be more expensive, but the annual savings far outweigh the initial investment. LED lighting produces significantly less energy than that of halogen, incandescent and even compact fluorescent lights. Less energy results in less greenhouse gas emissions, as well as much lower electricity bills. Long lifespans of LEDs means you don't need to change your lights or throw out old lights very often, decreasing landfill waste. LED lights also contain their own cooling system, to reduce the amount of heat floating around the surrounding air. This means that air conditioning systems will be using less energy and therefore producing less greenhouse gases. On top of that, production and manufacturing of lighting will decrease, resulting in lower greenhouse gas emissions from these processes.

    To find a quality LED product and to ensure peace of mind, knowing it is a superior fitting and will last, there are many factors to consider:

    • LED chips come in many different forms, some are top of the range, while some are not. Knowing the manufacturer of the LED chip used can assist in knowing the quality of the product.
    • The luminous efficacy, or effectiveness of the light source, is another important factor. Comparing the lumens per watt ratio will give you an idea of the quality of the product.
    • CRI, or Colour Rendering Index, is important for choosing the best product for a job. CRI values relate a source to how close to a natural or ideal light it is. The higher the CRI value, the more accurate to natural viewing the light output is.
    • The lifespan of a product will also determine how good a product is, giving security as well.
    • Depending on the type of product, IP ratings can come into play. IP ratings determine how weatherproof and how durable in particular conditions a product is.
  • The Impact of LED lighting on Energy Saving

    LED MR16, LED Highbay, LED Downlight,  LED Deck light. (Left to Right) LED MR16, LED Highbay, LED Downlight,
    LED Deck light. (Left to Right)

    For a number of years, the majority of consumers have been too apprehensive to jump on the LED “band wagon”. Whether it is their uncertainty of the energy efficiency, performance and reliability of the product or whether they are unable to move forward and part with what they already know and trust.

    Experts say that converting your lighting over to LEDs is a huge step in the right direction for all consumers, as LEDs are always improving and continue to prove successful development at accelerating rates.

    The price of LED lighting is the most common reason why consumers are unwilling to invest their money. The cost can range between 2-4 times more expensive than your average non-LED product, depending on the item you wish to purchase. Unfortunately, consumers don’t realise LED’s two main benefits: the reduction in energy and the reduction in maintenance costs, due to their low power consumption and extremely long life. The upfront cost is more expensive, but the potential annual savings are very worth while!

    The table below shows the annual savings calculation when switching from a 53W Halogen GLS lamp to a Vibe Eco 7W LED GLS lamp.

    Number of lamps: 25

    Operating hours per day: 5

    Energy rate: $0.24kWh

    Current

    Replacement

    Lamp wattage

    53W

    7W

    Power consumption per year

    2418.10kWh

    319.38kWh

    Electricity costs per year

    $580.35

    $76.65

     

    YEARLY SAVING

    $503.7

    That’s a saving of $20.15 per lamp

    Yearly power saving

    2098.80kWh

    When you look at the annual savings per lamp, the LED GLS pays for itself in a year. Considering the long life span of 35,000 hours, this lamp will last you over 15 years, giving you excellent saving in the long run. NB: These calculations will vary from lamp to lamp, as well as the operating hours can determine the annual savings.

    When purchasing LED products, we suggest that you confide in authorised LED manufacturers or lighting companies who source and distribute great quality, certified LED products. By purchasing your lighting through such suppliers, you can be assured that the products you purchase have been through correct and endless amounts of testing done buy qualified LED manufactures. This also enables you to receive detailed information on the history of the product, as well as their safety certificates, what they were tested for and their warranty, all ensuring you are truly receiving value for money. Purchasing from websites such as eBay or gumtree can result in being restricted from such information therefore you will be purchasing at your own risk.

    Another benefit of LED lighting includes the assistance in reducing the running cost of your air conditioning system. This is accomplished through its scientifically designed heat sink. The heat sink cools the fitting down, by dissipating the emanated heat from the LED source into the surrounding air. By using LEDs, there is a dramatic reduction in the amount of heat floating around the room, resulting in the air conditioner using less energy to cool the room.

    LEDs are also a great health factor as they do not contain any harmful substances, are cool to touch due to their excellent heat dissipation, and they do not produce any UV radiation. They are durable and resistant to shock & vibrations, as no glass components are used, reducing the risk of becoming a hazard.

    LED lighting has understandably come along way, the pros far outweigh the cons when considering purchasing any type of LED. They are more durable and reliable, have an average long life span of 35,000 – 50,000 hours, reduce energy consumption and maintenance costs and contain no harmful substances. They are also shock & vibration resistant, provide a return on investment (ROI) and are available in various colour temperatures such as Warm White, Cool White, Daylight and RGB. It is safe to say, LEDs can be used just about anywhere and everywhere.

    Call ANL Lighting now on 1300 300 301 to discuss the best LED lighting option for you!

  • Earthmate's Stockists & Vibe Eco Lighting

    Earthmate’s are an environmentally friendly Compact Fluorescent Lamp, that contain   less than 1mg of  mercury, uses 75% less energy and have a long life of 10,000 hours. They are perfect for any general lighting that you may use around your home or business and are available with either a Bayonet Cap or Edison Screw base in a range of wattage's

    Many retailers around Australia are now stocking the Earthmate’s, such as lighting shops, hardware stores and independent supermarkets

    Here is a list of the current Earthmate Stockist’s in your area.

    Whenever you need to change over your light bulb, head on down and support your local retailer as well as the environment and purchase an Earthmate, you will be amazed by its quality!

    ** If you would like to become an Earthmate Reseller or would like some more information on this fantastic product, please contact ANL Lighting on 1300 300 301 or visit the website www.earthmate.com.au.

    Not only do ANL have an eco-friendly CFL, they now supply a new range of DIY, eco-friendly, long life LED products called Vibe Eco Lighting.

    The Vibe Eco Lighting brand is dedicated to providing environmentally friendly lighting products to the general public. These products are all Do-It-Yourself products, so they are easy to install without having to get a qualified electrician in. Vibe Eco Lighting aim to support local retailers and protect the environment with these eco-friendly products.

    These products are carefully chosen to provide superior quality, while helping the environment at the same time. They all have LED technology, as LEDs are at the forefront of new energy saving lighting.

    Vibe Eco Lighting products are easy to recognise, as they are in bright orange packaging, so when you are thinking of green lighting, look for the orange box and you won’t be disappointed.

    For more information on the Vibe Eco product please contact ANL on 1300 300 301 or visit the website www.vibeecolighting.com.au.

  • Energy Star Rating & Energy Saving Tips

    Energy

    As we all know, the Carbon Tax will take place in July, so now is the time to be smart and cut back on how much energy we are consuming.

    If you are looking to buy new appliances for your home or business such as Microwaves, T.V’s, Ovens etc, look out for the Energy Star rating. This label indicates it is energy efficient; the more stars it has the more energy efficient that particular appliance is.

    As well as keeping an eye out for the energy star rating, there are a few things you can do yourself to reduce energy consumption and save yourself endless amounts of money:

    - Turn off all appliances at the switch when you are not using them, e.g. Computer, T.V and Gaming Consoles, as standby power uses excessive amount of energy and does not save you money and reduces the life of your appliances. Consider purchasing an Ecoswitch as they turn off all your standby power at the flick of a switch.

    - When purchasing a new computer consider a laptop, as it uses around 60W of power, whereas a Desktop uses 300W.

    - When it comes to bathing time choose to have a shower rather then a bath. 5 minute showers are sufficient, if you need to, buy a timer.

    - Wash your dishes in a sink rather then using a dishwasher.

    - Only run the dishwasher when it’s full.

    - When washing clothes, only put a full load on.

    - Turn off the lights once you leave the room.

    - When you wake up in the morning, instead of turning the light on, open your curtains and let light into your room that way.

    - Save energy by drying your clothes on the clothes line rather than using the dryer.

    - If you can, switch from electric to gas hot water.

    - Try and use a Microwave to cook your meal whenever possible, as it uses less than half the energy of an oven.

    - Switch over to energy saving light globes, e.g Compact Fluorescent lamps such as Earthmates or LED lamps.

    If you would like further information on some of ANL’s energy saving products please call 1300 300 301.

  • Ecoswitch - Getting children involved in Energy Saving

    Ecoswitch

    Now is the time to get your children involved in saving the environment, so why not start with the Ecoswitch.

    The Ecoswitch is an Eco-Friendly device which turns off all standby power with the flick of a switch. By using this outstanding, energy saving product, you could have massive savings over $160 per year on your electricity bills.

    As we all know, children love their electronics and sometimes forget to turn it off after they have finished using it and by the end of the month your electricity bill is out the window. Having an Ecoswitch next to your gaming consoles, computers, televisions and any other household appliances will reduce your bill significantly. There is a constant glowing green switch reminding you that you have not turned off your appliances properly.

    By your children using the Ecoswitch, they achieve the satisfaction of knowing they are not only saving their family money, but they are assisting in saving the environment and are also reducing the amount of green house gases they produce.

    If you would like to get your kids involved, then please visit the Ecoswitch website page (www.ecoswitch.com.au), click on the “where-to-buy” section and simply look for your local retailer. They will supply you with all the information you need to get started on your energy saving journey.

     

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