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Green Smart Magazine : GreenSmart 2010
greensmart 2010 9 double the style Australian lighting distributor VIBE has switched on the latest in LED downlight technology with a new 7W LED MR16 style lamp. According to VIBE the new generation LED lamps are an economic and eco friendly alternative to the energy hungry and inefficient halogen lamps of the past. LED lights arguably produce the healthiest form of light, known as full spectrum; the closest to natural sunlight available. Consumers can expect up to 50,000 hours from an LED and as they do not require starters or ballasts, LED lights are more durable and longer-lasting than their fluorescent counterparts. VIBE says the savings in running costs and the long life of the 7W LED MR16 mean the average Australian household with around 50 downlights can save almost $13,000 on their power bill by switching to LED interior lighting*. *Based on all lamps running to their full 40,000hrs lamp life. For further information call 03 8833 7000 or visit www.vibelighting.com.au. switched on Centor Architectural has launched a new two-in-one, fully retractable insect screen and sun blind, the SE1 Eco-Screen. According to Centor, homeowners will be able to use this world- first invention in large windows and doors to give them complete control over the living environment. The solar control blind even doubles as a projection screen for either indoor or outdoor viewing. The screen can be used singly or paired together, on any door or window including bi-folds, french doors and sliding doors. The sun filter comes in a range of colours, and you can choose either flyscreen or small insect mesh for the screen. Centor says the versatility of its design -- being able to provide sun protection, control heat gain in summer and reduce heat loss in winter -- will reduce reliance on heating and cooling systems. The SE1 retracts horizontally and discreetly into its frame when not in use -- a revolutionary solution for those who refuse to compromise on style. For more information visit www.centor.com.au. HIA GreenSmart Product of the Year Award winner, Solar Lord, has released the solar hot water (SHW) and solar power PV systems to set a new standard of performance and reliability and help combat carbon taxes and rising energy bills. According to Solar Lord, combining a Solar Lord hot water system with a grid-connected PV solar power system can eliminate your family's carbon footprint, with the possibility of getting money back from electricity retailers for electricity generated. A German design with Australian coating technology, Solar Lord U-tube SHW collectors achieve a staggering 98.4 per cent absorption rating, while minimising heat loss to an incredible 1.6 per cent. Requiring only 2.5m² of roof space, systems can be mounted on any roof -- including both heritage and architecturally designed homes -- and can be hidden from view to maintain aesthetics. For more information visit www.solarlord.com.au. smart combination