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Happy Birthday LM! 6 Years Strong

Today marks the 6 year anniversary of Lighting Matters’ existence and we’re celebrating!

Starting out as an online store in a small one bedroom unit in South Yarra back in 2009, Lighting Matters has expanded considerably over this time to multiple online stores, and three showrooms across Victoria and New South Wales with the intent to become one of Australia’s largest retail lighting stores – selling ONLY LED lights.

We started with not a lot of stock, and not a lot of space, but gradual investments in the company, some willing suppliers and most importantly trusting customers brought us to where we are today.
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Our daily orders began exploding as our online stores gained traction, and we knew in 2011 it was time to open our showroom – mainly because people wanted to see the lights before purchasing.

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Our first week of opening was a whole lot of fun, the store itself very small and in need of some crazy renovations.

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Our stock levels slowly growing but of course our brand and awareness still small.

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The lovely green wall – sold to us as a feature was not the most beautiful thing we had in the store.

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The opening of our NSW store saw LM really become a premium quality store.

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And our original Victorian store got a major revamp in 2012.

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Thanks again to our customers, suppliers, staff and mentors along the way who have helped create the Lighting Matters we  all love today.

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Verbatim LED Panel Offer

Verbatim October Specials – LED Panel Pallet Pricing

For the month of October premium quality LED lighting manufacturer Verbatim are offering a special deal on their brand new LED light panels for commercial troffer upgrades.

Purchase a pallet of LED panels (18 or more) and Verbatim will provide three of them for FREE! If you need more than 18 then it’s as simple as buy 5 get 1 free!

Contact us today to enquire.

Verbatim LED Panel Offer
Verbatim LED Panel Offer
Verbatim LED Panel Promotion
Verbatim LED Panel Promotion
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Lighting Matters Malvern East Showroom

Lighting Matters’ New Showroom Open in Malvern East Victoria

After a month or so of blood, sweat and tears, Lighting Matters’ latest showroom opening in Malvern East (also very close to Chadstone) is finally here!!

The showroom, designed in-house by Corban Hill and James Stapledon needed to display LED lighting products in a typical situation where they would normally be used in. James says, “There’s nothing worse that going into a lighting showroom thats simply filled with stuff hanging from the ceiling, crowding the space and clouding your judgement”.

The design philosophy used for the Malvern East showroom was very much keep the lighting ambient, using a lot of indirect and reflected light to create a warm and inviting space, much like you’d want in your home.

Lighting Matters Malvern East Showroom
Lighting Matters Malvern East Showroom
Lighting Matters Malvern East Showroom
Lighting Matters Malvern East Showroom
Lighting Matters Malvern East Showroom
Lighting Matters Malvern East Showroom
Lighting Matters Malvern East Showroom
Lighting Matters Malvern East Showroom

Located at 732 Waverley Road, Malvern East, Victoria the new showroom is open weekdays from 9.30am to 5.30pm, featuring a lot of creative uses for LED strip lighting, LED pendant lighting, LED wall lights for both interior and exterior, LED down lights, LED track lighting, LED oysters and much more.

Feel free to come and visit if you’re in the area for a free coffee and a good chat about what can be done with high quality LED lighting products.

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A LED Tube Manufactuers Display

CEO’s Trip To China and Guangzhou Lighting Fair

CEO’s Trip to China

Early in June 2015 CEO of Lighting Matters organised a work excursion to the country of origin of many of the products sold in Australia. This of course is the wonderful world of China.

We started out in Hong Kong staying a night over at the Regal Riverside hotel, it’s always interesting to see who have switched to LED and how the performance has held up over time in such a different climate, many of the older designs still running strong but the colour shift and variation in colour temperatures of new lights is pretty heavy.

The following day we began heading into Shenzhen through the Luo Hu Port accessed via train from Hong Kong, we met with one of our previous supplier friends who had recently moved here to hold my hand through the journey to the Guangzhou Lighting Fair where I was to meet with some of our existing manufacturing partners and visit many new potential supply partners.

On arrival the significant difference in climate was striking compared with Melbourne’s cold conditions at present.

Heading into the fair the sea of people on the trains and even those heading to the fair was vast, literally everywhere you could not see a space unoccupied and even more so as we headed into the fair. There were many elaborate displays each throwing the idea that their product was better despite many of the products all looking so similar.

On one end of the spectrum, there were many small manufacturing companies that attempt to sell you the public designs that are available anywhere it seemed, though occasionally these designs are in fact good designs and are very suitable for many lighting applications. Whilst the other end were large corporations with multi-level exhibition displays often showcasing far less range of products.

LED flood lights were probably the most common form, they ALL look so similar, but how does one determine whether they’re good or not based on the mis-information provided. This was the reason I was here, to understand how the manufacturing process can be disrupted, interfered with and how supplier relationships impacted the production of lighting goods.

Travelling through kilometres of stands in one of the largest conference centres in the world, the task of identifying key components that would meet even the minimum quality and safety standards was difficult, but you occasionally find what you’re looking for, whether it be a particular housing design, or new driver with better components, a LED with better output or higher light quality.

I had booked in some time to visit three of our key suppliers local to where I was staying, our partner who assembles the range of GrowSmart LED lights was the first cab off the rank, sometimes I think of Chinese factories in a negative way because of the way the media portrays manufacturing here, but most often this is not the case. The factory floor is clean, everyone appropriately dressed, safety equipment accessible, machines positioned in a logical manner and production lines with even appropriate lighting! Here we learn how each component is made and where its used in the luminaire. Lots of mechanical parts, lots of electronic parts. All brought together in a manner that can often be complex to piece together in your head.

After this factory we visited a more western influenced factory, also extremely clean, despite piles of rubble awaiting collection on the nearby road. A potential new partner we wanted to visit and discuss working together as a distribution point in Australia. Aduro Light showed us their brand new factory, the smell of paint was thick throughout and the overall brightness of their product displays simply over the top. Here they made a range of higher quality LED panels, flood lights, battens and tubes. You can almost instantly see the difference in quality, more solid heatsink, better powder coating, better phosphor, better screws and bolts. This was the place to be if you ever wanted these products made, and although costing similar prices to the low end products available in Australia you simply can’t pass up the quality of these goods.

The final supplier we visited here was a partner who assembles our new X15 and Syban range of LED downlights. We wanted to discuss the pricing to switch to a new deep dimming driver that may solve many of the frequency issues occurring in NSW as well as modifications to our downlight model to incorporate some never before seen technology.

The stories I’ve personally heard from many customers of other Chinese manufacturing houses are scary, components being substituted, products turning up with damage, scratches and plastics broken, drivers being put into different cases, mass product failures and much more.

Our set regime of checking out the factories first and monitoring production as it happens, understanding the process of manufacturing and component supply means we can control how things get put together. The machines are amazing and certainly make life easier, but machines mean mass production and mass production means sales orders to fulfil which everyone there is hunting for, but to do this a company needs a lot of capital to invest and the risks are high.

Overall though, China is a great place, the growth is phenomenal, there is so much concrete everywhere, so much going on at all time of the day, always something to do as well.

A LED Display for a Band
A LED Display for a Band
LED Strip Lighting Used for A Local Bar
LED Strip Lighting Used for A Local Bar
A LED Tube Manufactuers Display
A LED Tube Manufactuers Display
Prismatic LED Highbays
Prismatic LED Highbays
Waterproof Flexible Snake LED Light
Waterproof Flexible Snake LED Light
Colour Rendering Comparison At Citizen Electronic
Colour Rendering Comparison At Citizen Electronic
Entering The Guangzhou Lighting Fair
Entering The Guangzhou Lighting Fair
Guangzhou to Shenzhen Train
Guangzhou to Shenzhen Train
Liniear LED Strip Light Display
Liniear LED Strip Light Display
Samsung And LG LED Lighting Exhibitions
Samsung And LG LED Lighting Exhibitions
Tridonic LED Driver Display
Tridonic LED Driver Display
LEDARTEK RGB Display
LEDARTEK RGB Display
Opple LED Display
Opple LED Display
A New Array of LEDs
A New Array of LEDs
Plastic Extruding Machine
Plastic Extruding Machine
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ATA Speed Dating 2015 clients

ATA: Speed Date A Sustainability Expert

On Saturday March 21st in 2015, Lighting Matters presented at the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) organised “Speed Date a Sustainability Expert” expo partnered along with the Marrickville Council.

Held at the Petersham Town hall in Sydney, experts in all aspects of sustainable home and building technologies offered their advice free to the public in a Speed Dating fashion, from full architectural new build designs to retro fitting existing homes to become more energy efficient.

ATA Speed Date a Sustainability Expert
ATA Speed Date a Sustainability Expert

Corban from Lighting Matters represented the energy efficient LED lighting category discussing clever lighting design from new build projects through to home-owners looking to change their existing globes to the efficient LED technology to reduce power consumption and heating costs.

Sales Manager Corban Hill stated, “… it’s confusing for consumers to decide which LED lighting products they need use in their homes even after researching on the internet, mainly because it becomes overwhelming reading the vastly different opinions from many suppliers. It was great to explain current abilities of LED technology to local home owners who basically wanted a straight forward answer as if I was in their shoes.”

ATA Speed Dating With Corban
ATA Speed Dating With Corban

Overall it was a successful event and we look forward to participating next time. For further information about upcoming events, please visit www.ata.org.au

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Lighting Matters Free Lighting Design

Free Lighting Plan Design

Lighting Matters offers a Free Lighting Plan Design service for new residential builds and shop fitouts.

 

Why does one need a Lighting Design Plan?

 

A lighting design is required to make sure you get the correct lighting components supplied for your home that ensures you meet new building code requirements and an appropriate amount of light for any particular area.

Building Code of Australia – Recent changes to the BCA make it more difficult to use cheap low efficacy lighting in homes. The easiest way to overcome this is by using high efficiency LED lights. Positioning and using the correct beam angles and the correct amount of light will substantially reduce the amounting of light fixtures in a room, but provide typically more light, with uniform spread and potentially use up to 90% less electricity.

Choosing the right light for the room – Often we’ve seen houses that are filled to the brim with down lights, along with this comes a lot of unnecessary light and a huge power bill. There are also some homes which simply don’t have enough light or incorrectly positioned providing harsh shadowing over work areas. By completing a professional lighting design from Lighting Matters we take everything you tell us into consideration. Advancements in LED lighting technology allow us to put light in spaces that previous could not be achieved.

Customised Lighting Solutions – Not everyone has worked with LED technology. We on the other hand have only worked with LED lights since day one of our existence. Having this experience means we can provide sound advice about colour temperature choices for particular finishes, which switch plates and dimmers will work together with each recommended LED lighting product. We can customise LED strip lighting solutions, or match downlight fascia colours to fit your decor. We offer a degree of professionalism that you won’t get from anybody else.

 

How will the Lighting Design Plan be put to use?

 

The lighting plan in it’s final form should provide your builder or electrician an accurate layout to follow whilst completing the build. It will provide the installer with a reference point for cabling and which lights will be controlled by each switching point. It can be used in conjunction with dimmable circuits, and reflect power points and other devices. The plan will also contain product types and variations used for different areas – a key component of proper lighting design.

 

What are the primary benefits of a Lighting Plan?

 

At the end of the journey you’ll end up with a comprehensive understanding of lighting and LED technology, a digital overlay lighting plan along with legend and product variants, a quotation for any products that Lighting Matters can supply and ongoing technical support until the building has been completed.

 

Follow these steps to obtain your Lighting Design
Plan from Lighting Matters.

 

1. Fill in the form below.

2. We’ll contact you to arrange a time to meet and discuss your lighting needs.

3. Provide a PDF copy of the floor and elevation plans including dimensions and any proposed furniture.

4. In a couple of days we will provide you with a draft digital overlay lighting plan.

5. Provide confirmation or any amendments that need to occur.

6. Revised lighting plan and quotation received.

7. Deposit paid and stock ordered and allocated.

8. Arrange a pick up or delivery date.

9. Products delivered and installed with phone technical support available.

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