The 17 Things

While there are many options available on the market, light emitting diode (LED) lighting is considered by the lighting industry to be the premium efficiency lighting option. LEDs cost considerably less to run, last in excess of 25,000 hours and can save up to 80% of energy compared to incandescent light globes.

No 11: Energy Efficient Lighting

The 17 Things

What Is It?

Good quality lighting enhances the liveability, satisfaction, sustainability and value of a space or property. Energy efficient lighting is a lighting option that uses less power when switched on without sacrificing lighting quality. While there are many options available on the market, light emitting diode (LED) lighting is considered in the lighting industry as the premium efficiency lighting option.

How will it help me reduce my running costs and increase my comfort?

LED light globes are made up of many smaller light sources (diodes) clustered together.

LED light globes are made up of many smaller light sources (diodes) clustered together.
Image credit to ©iStock.com/ tuanyick

Using a lower wattage LED light compared to a halogen or incandescent bulb will save you money. LED lights cost considerably less to run, last in excess of 25,000 hours and can save up to 80% of energy compared to incandescent light globes. Also they don’t emit heat when they are on like halogen bulbs which means they don’t have an impacting on your cooling needs in summer. They also available in a wonderful range of light, from warm to cool, so you can choose your LED light bulb to deliver different light effects to suit your mood or application which can add further comfort to your home.

When selecting a good quality LED you can choose between warm and cool colour appearance. Most people prefer to use warm white for living areas, bedrooms, dining and bathrooms, and cool white for kitchens, study areas and work spaces. Care should be taken when selecting LED products, as glare from some LED lights can be quite obtrusive and adversely affect the level of comfort and relaxation in a space.

What professional should I talk to about this?

LED

Today’s LED lights are very versatile. 98% of materials of this design by Brightgreen can be recycled or reformed.
Image credits to Brightgreen www.brightgreen.com

There are a wide range of LED products to choose from so when selecting the right product for your application careful consideration and advice from your supplier, retailer or electrician is necessary.

Information about LED products can be found on your local retailer’s website. Contact the retailer direct for any specific questions regarding the product.

In NSW and Victoria, the Smarter Choice retail program trains retail staff to advise you on the energy and water efficiency of different products, including lighting. Visit a Smarter Choice retailer in your state.

When looking for an electrician, NECA EcoSmart Electricians have also been trained in aspects of sustainability and lighting application. You may also contact the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) and the IES Lighting Society who can direct you to specialist lighting designers in your area.

Is there anything I need to know before I meet with them?

Being clear about what you want to achieve is important, as is having a clear understanding of the basics, so you can have confidence they know what they are talking about. Personal preference plays a large role when planning new lighting or upgrading an existing installation. It is important to consider the quantity or amount of light you like, the degree of flexibility in changing moods and dimming, the appearance (warm or cool) and the ambience to be created in a space.

If an existing installation is to be upgraded, knowledge of the type of fittings, switching and wiring layouts and the type of dimmers installed is useful but may be difficult to determine in some cases. Advice from your local NECA EcoSmart Electricians will assist in this area.

What is the price range I can expect?

Some professionals may give you some very preliminary advice for free, others may only indicate the sorts of solutions they may provide, so you will need to work this out when you first speak to them.

For new light fittings, the range and style varies dramatically depending on appearance, size and power rating (wattage). Good quality LED lights vary from $50 to several hundred dollars, possibly even thousands of dollars for dearer lights. The price of quality LED down lights has decreased over recent years, but a good quality, reliable LED new or retrofit LED is in the $50–$150 price range.

You should check if the lighting you want to purchase and install is eligible for a government rebate or incentives from your retailer. Check out our list of Current Energy Rebates.

Where can I find more information?

There are several good sources for further reading, but the single best place to start is the Your Home: Australia’s Guide to Environmentally Sustainable Homeswith its excellent introduction to lighting.

The Australian Government’s Energy Rating website has a consumer guide to lighting with a summary of different lighting options, including LEDs.

You can also check Sustainability Victoria’s Smarter Renovation on how to plan an energy efficient lighting design and Liveability for tips on choosing the right LED lighting for your home.

If I already have this feature, is there anything I need to know about using it effectively?

The amount LEDs will contribute to reducing your running costs will vary based on the difference between the power used (measured in watts), the time the lights are operated for and the applicable electricity tariff you pay. In some cases costs can also vary depending on the time of day the lights are operating.

Simple habits of switching lights off when not used and dimming lights when possible will reduce running costs as well as extend expected life of the light bulbs.

There are also new technologies you can connect your LED lighting system to, such as motion detectors that automatically switch lights on and off when you enter and exit the room, and automatically dim the lights by sensing the amount of natural daylight in the room.

Does this work better when combined with any of the other 17 Things™

LED lighting is an efficient way to artificially light a home. Good design can enhance this by using the location of windows and shading to naturally light a home with direct or indirect sunlight. This can reduce your need for artificial lighting.

Will this feature be recognised when I sell my property?

Yes; Liveability Real Estate Specialist sales agents and property managers have been upskilled to identify an additional 17 Things™ on top of a standard property appraisal. So if you have invested in any of the 17 Things™ this means your property will be appraised and marketed with real skill and with the best marketing resources for online and print media.

You can book a free property appraisal with a Liveability Real Estate Specialist any time you’re ready to sell or even if you’re not planning to sell for a couple of years. Each of the 17 Things™ has appraisal benchmarks (relevant to existing and new homes) which have been set by relevant industry partners to make sure we deliver a high standard of property marketing. So your Liveability Real Estate Specialist will work through this appraisal checklist with you as they move through your home. It’s a great chance for you to let them know about all the property features you have invested in.


Any questions?

We’re here to help! Just send us your enquiry.

What Is It?

Good quality lighting enhances the liveability, satisfaction, sustainability and value of a space or property. Energy efficient lighting is a lighting option that uses less power when switched on without sacrificing lighting quality. While there are many options available on the market, light emitting diode (LED) lighting is considered in the lighting industry as the premium efficiency lighting option.

How will it help me reduce my running costs and increase my comfort?

LED light globes are made up of many smaller light sources (diodes) clustered together.

LED light globes are made up of many smaller light sources (diodes) clustered together.
Image credit to ©iStock.com/ tuanyick

Using a lower wattage LED light compared to a halogen or incandescent bulb will save you money. LED lights cost considerably less to run, last in excess of 25,000 hours and can save up to 80% of energy compared to incandescent light globes. Also they don’t emit heat when they are on like halogen bulbs which means they don’t have an impacting on your cooling needs in summer. They also available in a wonderful range of light, from warm to cool, so you can choose your LED light bulb to deliver different light effects to suit your mood or application which can add further comfort to your home.

When selecting a good quality LED you can choose between warm and cool colour appearance. Most people prefer to use warm white for living areas, bedrooms, dining and bathrooms, and cool white for kitchens, study areas and work spaces. Care should be taken when selecting LED products, as glare from some LED lights can be quite obtrusive and adversely affect the level of comfort and relaxation in a space.

What professional should I talk to about this?

LED

Today’s LED lights are very versatile. 98% of materials of this design by Brightgreen can be recycled or reformed.
Image credits to Brightgreen www.brightgreen.com

There are a wide range of LED products to choose from so when selecting the right product for your application careful consideration and advice from your supplier, retailer or electrician is necessary.

Information about LED products can be found on your local retailer’s website. Contact the retailer direct for any specific questions regarding the product.

When looking for an electrician, the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) and the IES Lighting Society can direct you to specialist lighting designers in your area. NECA EcoSmart Electricians have also been trained in aspects of sustainability and lighting application.

Is there anything I need to know before I meet with them?

Being clear about what you want to achieve is important, as is having a clear understanding of the basics, so you can have confidence they know what they are talking about. Personal preference plays a large role when planning new lighting or upgrading an existing installation. It is important to consider the quantity or amount of light you like, the degree of flexibility in changing moods and dimming, the appearance (warm or cool) and the ambience to be created in a space.

If an existing installation is to be upgraded, knowledge of the type of fittings, switching and wiring layouts and the type of dimmers installed is useful but may be difficult to determine in some cases. Advice from your local NECA EcoSmart Electricians will assist in this area.

What is the price range I can expect?

Some professionals may give you some very preliminary advice for free, others may only indicate the sorts of solutions they may provide, so you will need to work this out when you first speak to them.

For new light fittings, the range and style varies dramatically depending on appearance, size and power rating (wattage). Good quality LED lights vary from $50 to several hundred dollars, possibly even thousands of dollars for dearer lights. The price of quality LED down lights has decreased over recent years, but a good quality, reliable LED new or retrofit LED is in the $50–$150 price range.

You should check if the lighting you want to purchase and install is eligible for a government rebate or incentives from your retailer. Check out our list of Current Energy Rebates.

Where can I find more information?

There are several good sources for further reading, but the single best place to start is the Your Home: Australia’s Guide to Environmentally Sustainable Homeswith its excellent introduction to lighting.

The Australian Government’s Energy Rating website has a consumer guide to lighting with a summary of different lighting options, including LEDs.

COOLmob also has information on designing for the tropics  that include lighting.

Your local council and state or territory government may also have free information available for you to download, such as the Queensland Government and their tips for smart and sustainable homes. Make sure to look out for resources specific to the tropical climate.

If I already have this feature, is there anything I need to know about using it effectively?

The amount LEDs will contribute to reducing your running costs will vary based on the difference between the power used (measured in watts), the time the lights are operated for and the applicable electricity tariff you pay. In some cases costs can also vary depending on the time of day the lights are operating.

Simple habits of switching lights off when not used and dimming lights when possible will reduce running costs as well as extend expected life of the light bulbs.

There are also new technologies you can connect your LED lighting system to, such as motion detectors that automatically switch lights on and off when you enter and exit the room, and automatically dim the lights by sensing the amount of natural daylight in the room.

Does this work better when combined with any of the other 17 Things™

LED lighting is an efficient way to artificially light a home. Good design can enhance this by using the location of windows and shading to naturally light a home with direct or indirect sunlight. This can reduce your need for artificial lighting.

Will this feature be recognised when I sell my property?

Yes; Liveability Real Estate Specialist sales agents and property managers have been upskilled to identify an additional 17 Things™ on top of a standard property appraisal. So if you have invested in any of the 17 Things™ this means your property will be appraised and marketed with real skill and with the best marketing resources for online and print media.

You can book a free property appraisal with a Liveability Real Estate Specialist any time you’re ready to sell or even if you’re not planning to sell for a couple of years. Each of the 17 Things™ has appraisal benchmarks (relevant to existing and new homes) which have been set by relevant industry partners to make sure we deliver a high standard of property marketing. So your Liveability Real Estate Specialist will work through this appraisal checklist with you as they move through your home. It’s a great chance for you to let them know about all the property features you have invested in.


Any questions?

We’re here to help! Just send us your enquiry.

The 17 Things

The 17 Things

The 17 Things™ are property features that have the potential to reduce running costs and increase comfort if used correctly. You can discuss incorporating these into your renovation with with your architect, building designer or builder. The real estate industry is now identifying these Liveability Property Features™at point of sale or rent through agents that have completed additional training as Liveability Real Estate Specialists.