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Do I Really Need a Qualified Electrician?

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Do I Really Need a Qualified Electrician?

Electricity is very dangerous and if not treated carefully it can be fatal. This is probably the most important reason for hiring a professional to install your lights. Doing your own electrical work can result in faulty connections and grounding or overloaded circuits. These can all result in devastating fire, injury, and death. Even simple overheating of wires can cause a fire.

This type of DIY electrical work is not only dangerous for the installer, but also for those who come in contact with the work in later years. The initial installation may seem fine however a catastrophic fault may develop over time.

The second important reason to always hire a qualified electrical contractor is that it is illegal not to. The Australian Standard 3000:2007 “Electrical Installations or Australian and New Zealand Wiring Rules” define an electrical job as “The manufacturing, installing, testing, maintaining, repairing, altering, removing or replacing of electrical equipment”. Any of these jobs require an electrical contractor to complete the work. These laws are also laid out in the QLD Electrical Safety Act 2002.

Specific jobs related to lighting that are forbidden by law without a Licence are:

  • Replacing a light switch
  • Replacing a batten holder with a new light fitting
  • Replacing a light fitting with a ceiling fan
  • Replacing a plug on the end of a lead

DIY electrical work is illegal and carries penalties up to $40,000 for an individual. A breach of this law that exposes people to risk of death or serious injury carries a maximum penalty of $600,000 or 3 years in prison for an individual or $3,000,000 or five years in prison for a corporation.

Insurance companies will also not pay out in instances of fire where there is evidence of illegal electrical work. This could end up very costly when house or contents are lost or damaged by fire.

Licensed electricians have extensive experience and are required to keep up with the latest codes and laws. When renovating, an electrician will have experience threading wires through existing walls with minimal damage, assessing the capacity and viability of existing circuits and will be able to evaluate the need for any additional service panels to handle increased demand through new fittings. They will understand the specific laws relating to wet areas and the different requirements necessary for lights and wiring in these areas. These are all areas that a DIYer may not think of.

Basically, unless you are simply changing a light bulb, the work needs to be done by an electrician. Noosa Lighting are always happy to recommend a good electrician, we work with the local electricians every day so know the ones that are reasonably priced, reliable and do a good job. Always hire a reputable contractor and check their licence number to verify that it is up to date. In QLD this can be checked at www.justice.qld.gov.au. For more information regarding the laws and requirements for electrical work visit www.worksafe.qld.gov.au .

 

 

Why buy from Noosa Lighting?

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Why buy your lights from a local Lighting Business?

Online shopping has expanded our options vastly, enabling us to purchase lights from all over the world. Sometimes the very same ones that are stocked at the local lighting showroom for a slightly higher price. Large chain stores have the power of bulk buying so can usually deliver a range of lights at a competitive price. So why buy from your local family lighting showroom?

Online stores are generally cheaper due to low overheads, but service can be unpredictable. You cannot touch or test an item before purchase to see its weight, detail, and quality. Customer service can be non existent and damaged or faulty goods can be difficult as well as costly to replace or return. A local salesperson can quickly and easily assess damage either in store or at your home and you can speak to an actual person about issues rather than a computer or recorded message.

Local stores  offer better service than their larger chain store counterparts so they will work harder to maintain customer satisfaction, also local outlets generally hire local people with local knowledge which can add value to the shopping experience.

Using the experts at your local lighting showroom can create a more interesting and professional lighting design for your home. They can also offer site inspections and suggest ideas that you may not have thought of, adding value to your home and investment.

Your local lighting store can choose stock based on local needs and interests, rather than based on a National Sales Plan. This allows local stores to offer a different range of stock to their chain store opposition with the freedom to offer what their particular customers want, rather than what head office thinks they need. They can also support local craftspeople with truly unique artisan lighting not seen anywhere else.

Even though you may feel you are paying more for the same products by buying your lights locally, you are not just paying for the product itself. You are buying expertise, security, service, and the satisfaction of supporting your local community.

When you buy from a small business, more of your money stays in the local community and strengthens the local economy. Family businesses tend to use other local businesses, for example accountants, printers, and stationers, creating jobs in industries outside their own. Chain stores and online businesses are usually provided with all these items from a central office sometimes hundreds or thousands of kilometres away.

We need to make sure that the unique feel of our local communities is not lost to the giant chain stores whose end goal is profit for shareholders rather than service or community. Buying online you may still be supporting a small business, but your money will be supporting another community maybe on the other side of the world. By shopping at a local lighting business, not only do you benefit with better service and professional advice , you are also supporting your local community .

NOOSA LIGHTING …………..established 1983.

Why is Lighting Design important in the home?

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Why is Lighting Design Important in the home?

Lighting Design is often an afterthought when building or renovating a home, when it is actually one of the most important aspects of the overall design. Lighting design can enhance or detract from other design choices such as paint colour, furniture and art.  It is very important to get your lighting design right to create the type of atmosphere you are after in your home.

There are three areas involved in lighting design, general lighting to enable you to see adequately, accent lighting to highlight architectural features or art, and task lighting to enable enough light to work safely and easily in kitchens, bathrooms and workspaces. These three areas need to work in conjunction with each other to create a seamless flow from one area to the next.

Good lighting design creates a feeling of space in small rooms and makes large rooms cosier and more inviting. If a room is dimly lit it will feel small and cramped. Light can be used to alter a feeling of space by eliminating shadows in small rooms to make them feel larger or creating cosiness by creating shadows in larger rooms.

The colour of the lamps within the fittings also affects the mood of a room. Lamps with a red/yellow hue create a warm and cosy feel, those with a green/blue hue a feeling of coolness and serenity. The colour and amount of light in a room can also affect your personal mood. Lighting can be uplifting or depressing. Lighting also affects the colour of the paint of the walls, changing the planned mood of a room completely if the wrong choice is made.

Light fittings should be included in the overall interior design of a room. The materials used and the style of the fittings will alter the output, distribution and directionality of the light thereby affecting the other elements in the room. There is no point having amazing furniture and art if you cannot see it properly or the colours are affected by poor lighting choices. Your fabulous designer kitchen and bathroom are useless if you cannot chop and cook safely or apply makeup efficiently.

Lighting can also add personality, elegance and sophistication to the design of a room, enhancing the aesthetic appeal of your other design choices. You may have architectural accents in your home that can be accentuated by light, creating a visually dramatic element to the room, and making the lighting part of the architectural design.

Lighting does firstly need to serve a functional purpose to light up dark rooms, but this is not its only purpose. Lighting changes the mood and atmosphere of a room and those who use it. Lighting becomes a form of decorative art within the house and makes a space both beautiful and practical. Lighting Design should always be a major part of the planning process when designing or renovating a home. Lighting should also be taken into consideration when making other design choices, such as furnishings, art and paint colour. When all these elements work with each other your home will be stunning.

Why Choose LED’s?

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Why Choose LED’s

 

Light-emitting Diodes (LED’s) are usually more expensive to buy than other types of lamp, so why choose them? LED’s are more energy efficient, more environmentally friendly, last for a lot longer, and are more durable than compact fluorescent and halogen lamps.

 

Energy efficiency

Up to 15% of your home energy costs can be attributed to lighting. LED’s use approximately 30% less energy than halogen or CFL lamps. Most of this energy is saved because LED’s generate a lot less heat then other lamps, particularly halogen. This creates a better, more even light as the energy consumed is not lost as heat energy. This also creates a cooler environment in the room and less work for your air conditioner as well. Over time these savings will be noticed in your energy bills.

 

Environmentally friendly

As well as reducing your carbon footprint by reducing energy use, LED’s are more environmentally friendly as they do not need to be replaced as often, reducing waste and landfill. An LED lamp lasts around 40-60,000 hours, compared to around 8,000 for a CFL. The lifespan of a fluorescent is also shortened by being repeatedly turned on and off, and is affected by the outside temperatures. LED’s do not have these issues.

 

Durability

Fluorescent lights are also less durable than LED’s, they easily shatter when dropped. They contain mercury, so when broken, they create a health hazard for humans and the environment. They also need to be correctly disposed of when they stop working so that the mercury does not leach into the earth. LED’s are strong, less likely to break even when dropped and do not contain toxic chemicals.

 

LED’s may be more expensive to purchase up front, but the savings will be felt long term. They are energy efficient all year round and can potentially reduce your lighting bills by up to 80%. You do not need to replace them as often saving regular maintenance costs, and you can feel good knowing you are doing your bit for the environment. As their popularity grows, advances in manufacturing LED’s are making the prices drop all the time, making them a sensible choice for the price conscious consumer.

Why do I need a Lighting Designer?

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Are you building or renovating?
Would you get your plumber to choose your taps or get your bricklayer to design your house?

Noosa Lighting are lighting design specialists, we deal in lighting every day and have been for over 30 years, designing lighting layouts and consulting with Architects, Builders, Interior Designers and Electricians.
We do not know much about roofing, letter boxes or plumbing but we do know a lot about lighting.
The team at Noosa Lighting will be able to consult with you to develop a lighting design for your home that will bring it to life at night. We have the experience to use subtle lighting to great effect where needed and task lighting where appropriate.
There is nothing worse than walking into a beautiful home to find it cold and lifeless because there was little to no thought put into the lighting, or because the lighting was chosen by someone with good intentions but no real knowledge.

So the real question is not “Why do I need a Lighting Designer?” The real question is “Where do I get a good Lighting Designer?” and the answer is simple.
N O O S A LIGHTING