Light switch to take heat out of bills

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - VIC­TO­RIA NU­GENT

SOAR­ING power prices have led a ma­jor shop­ping com­plex to make the switch to en­ergy- ef­fi­cient light­ing.

Do­main Cen­tral in Gar­butt is in the process of in­stalling LED light­ing in a bid to ease elec­tric­ity bill pain, while im­prov­ing the light qual­ity. The project, worth more than $ 300,000, will see out­door light fit­tings around the cen­tre’s carpark and in­ter­nal roads re­placed with LED light­ing tech­nol­ogy.

Do­main Cen­tral cen­tre man­ager Sandy Cor­bett said the in­stal­la­tion of LED light­ing was part of a com­mit­ment to sus­tain­abil­ity from both Do­main Cen­tral and the cen­tre’s own­ers, QIC.

“The in­stal­la­tion of LED light­ing at Do­main Cen­tral is an im­por­tant com­po­nent of our ef­forts to de­liver on our on­go­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal and sus­tain­abil­ity goals,” she said.

Lo­cal elec­tri­cal con­trac­tor Min­elec is car­ry­ing out the project, which is ex­pected to be com­pleted by mid- July, with crews work­ing at night to make the changes.

Peter Lollo, from JEM Dis­trib­u­tors, who sup­plied the light­ing to Min­elec for the project, said they had to source a high­qual­ity, en­ergy- ef­fi­cient LED light fit­ting that ticked all the boxes.

“As a lo­cal with a pas­sion in the light­ing field, I look for­ward to hear­ing about the sav­ings in main­te­nance and en­ergy that this in­vest­ment will re­turn,” Mr Lollo said.

“In­stal­la­tion of the new LED light­ing will al­low Do­main Cen­tral to use far less en­ergy and cre­ate much less heat to gen­er­ate the same amount of light as metal halide lamps, with the ad­di­tional ben­e­fits of last­ing much longer and be­ing vir­tu­ally main­te­nance- free.”

Pic­ture: FIONA HARD­ING

BRIGHT IDEA: Luke Smythe, from Min­elec, dur­ing the in­stal­la­tion of LED light­ing at Do­main Cen­tral last night.

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