Category Archives: Lighting


The Accumulus Energy Group and The Light Factory

Posted on: February 9th, 2016

We are proud to offer our support to such an iconic SA business as Anups and his team.

I would also like to bring to your attention this SA energy usage pie chart A powerful reference when we talk about the cost of living for SA families.


The government support of energy efficiency initiatives in the states and at federal level such as LED lighting is praise worthy. However, if you reference the amount of energy consumed in lighting comparative to the cost of heating and cooling in an average household then one can see a bigger return on the government investment can be obtained from assisting families to reduce the greater portion of their power bills costs (heating and cooling).


Recent analysis has shown that reverse cycle AC is the most efficient and cost effective means to deliver heating and cooling. Even without consideration of the single point installation costs, lower maintenance costs and elimination of the use of up to 25 litres of drinking water per hour that evaporative coolers consume just to provide a few degrees of comfort cooling in summer. After all we live on the driest continent of earth.


We talk about the efficiency gains of our technology in averages as there are variables to the percentage savings. Though not as clear cut as say LED lighting with turn off turn on energy data, the government has been able achieve outcomes for calculations of rebates to solar where there are variation in climate conditions due to the location of the install and solar PV radiation. The same can be said of iP Hybrid technology, the variables aside from ambient temp is the relative humidity. We look to work with governments to contribute to the methodologies on that basis to obtain a fair outcome in any available rebates being considered for Hybrid AC. We call, talk and are always open to ministers willing to learn about what is achievable and practical in reducing the cost of living to households.

The iP Hybrid technology achieves the outcome from using currently wasted condensate water generated by all conventional AC units.

A conventional AC unit cools the refrigerant gas after the compressor using the condenser and ambient air.

The innovative method of iP Hybrid is the use of a more effective heat transfer means of cold water to transfer that heat away. Consider if you burn your finger in the kitchen do you waive it in the air or place it under a running cold water tap? Which method will reduce the heat in your burn? Answer, cold water. Condensate water is created the same way as when you take of cold drink out of the fridge on a hot day with no additional energy required.


By using the cold condensate water instead of ambient air, we also increase the life of the AC unit and reduce maintenance costs. As the water is initially pure and at a constant flow. The end result is a higher temp water at the outlet and this will eliminate any pathogens as the water is ejected safely from the tank overflow, just slightly warmer than the original 10 degrees Celsius.

Our company has committed to offering to selected clients fully funded trial packages including installation. Where, if the product does not achieve energy savings on installation based on its standard location and usage patterns there will be no cost to the client, an effective contract guarantee. IP Hybrid will do this however, on the basis that if the technology does show the savings achievable from the installation then an order would be placed and a rollout undertaken to the clients other AC units. Let’s face it if the technology shows the savings why would you not install iP Hybrid across all AC units.

I trust this additional information is helpful and please follow up direct with Anup in SA as we are sure that he will be able to assist you in reducing the running costs to families and businesses.


Independent Products Team

IP Hybrid HVAC – Taking the heat of your energy bills – “Go with the Flow”


Light Fitting Types

Posted on: July 16th, 2014

This white paper illustrates the popular types of light fittings used in the common consumer market. Take a moment to read this before you purchase your next set of lights.

When purchasing LEDs it is important that you choose the correct fitting type to ensure that the lights are compatible with your existing light fittings. There are several different types of base fittings that can be selected from when choosing LEDs.

Take a moment to review the different types to determine which is going to be the right one for your needs.


This is a very common type of LED light fitting. With this type of light fitting, you will have a circular base with two bayonet pins at the base. This is essentially a bulb that just pushes into place and twists to lock.

led_blog_bayonet BAYONET CAP FITTINGS
The bayonet base is going to be another style that you will commonly find for these lights. The base will usually range from 15mm and go as high as 22mm. On the two sides of the base are the male pins with female receptor slots that they will be placed into to lock together.

led_blog_edison EDISON SCREW FITTING
This type of fitting will screw into a base in a clockwise motion. This style is quite common in many conventional light bulbs, allowing you to easily place them into existing fixtures and lamps.

led_blog_mr16 MR16 FITTING
A MR16 base fitting has two pins that simply fit into a female receiver. Being a 12V style of light, the MR16 LED requires a transformer to convert the electrical current from 240V to 12V. All of our MR16 lighting kits come with the required transformer.

led_blog_g4 G4 FITTINGS
This is a tiny two pin cap that offers light with very little voltage in it. You will usually find these in lights used in flashlights and similar smaller units that may not need the higher light output that other LED lights can offer.

led_blog_g9 G9 FITTING
Similar to other smaller light sources, you will note that the voltage requirements for this style of LED lights will be a little higher. It is important that when you are using them as a replacement bulb that you do verify that the device you are putting them into to ensure that they will operate properly.

Keep in mind that when you pick up these lights that North American and European lights may have a similar base, but the voltage requirements may be different. Because of that, when selecting you will want to ensure that the bulb you end up selecting will be safe for you to use in the country you are residing in.

Lighting To Fit Any Occasion
With some many different options and new bases coming out for LED lights all the time, there isn’t going to be an item in your home that you won’t be able to use these lights in to conserve power and to improve your lighting.



Colour Temperature

Posted on: July 16th, 2014

The colour temperature of a product is a linear scale of measuring the colour of light and is measured in degrees or Kelvin. Warm light is measured in lower numbers and cool white in higher numbers. It is down to personal preference whether you choose warm white or cool white.

Cool white is ideal for task-orientated areas like kitchens and laundries and areas that have a warmer climate as the lighting will help to make the rooms feel cooler. Warm white helps to create a more intimate atmosphere suited to bedrooms and living rooms and these colour temperatures create a more relaxing and comfortable environment. A tip is to stick to just one colour throughout an open plan living area; otherwise the mixing of colours will be distracting to the eye.





Beam Angle

Posted on: July 16th, 2014

The beam angle is something you need to pay attention to when choosing the right LED lighting for the space. This is as important as the Lumens. Beam angle indicates the spread of light from the light source. A narrow beam gives a concentrated light which is better for accent lighting. A wide beam gives a more general, softer light.     

First, and most importantly, if you install lights at a certain height, how much light will be on the surface area of your floor?  Our chart helps for a quick review, but for the ambitious just use the equation:


  5ft Ceiling 8ft Ceiling 10ft Ceiling 12ft Ceiling 15ft Ceiling
Light on floor at 15° beam
1.35ft Diameter Light Spread 2.16ft Diameter Light Spread 2.7ft Diameter Light Spread 3.24ft Diameter Light Spread 4.05ft Diameter Light Spread
25° 2.25’ 3.6’ 4.5’ 5.4’ 6.75’
40° 3.6’ 5.76’ 7.2’ 8.64’ 10.8’
120° 10.8’ 17.28’ 21.6’ 25.92’ 32.4’


(Reference :

Light Bulb Whit Calculator And Euro Coins

Energy Savings Calculator

Posted on: July 4th, 2014

LED’s – or ‘Light Emitting Diodes’ lamps have revolutionised the lighting scene by giving high quality light with very little energy consumption.

It uses 75% less energy when compared to incandescent lamps to give the same light output, thus saving electricity expenses. It also generates less heat when compared to incandescent and CFL bulbs.
With regards to lifespan, LED lights last 35 to 50 times longer than incandescent lights and about 2 to 5 times longer than fluorescent lights with almost no degradation in the light output.

In a typical household in Australia, the average annual electricity bill is around $1200. Normally lighting costs account for 40% of electricity bill which comes to about $480 approx. By replacing the existing lights with LEDs we can get a saving of at least 50-60% on lighting costs.

Below is a sample lighting energy calculator for a 3-bedroom house. The energy calculator shows the energy savings you can achieve by using LED lamps.

excel_icon Energy Savings Calculator

Hydrawise – New Product Launch

Posted on: July 4th, 2014

A Hydrawise irrigation controller allows you to keep an eye on your garden watering whilst you’re away from home and save water at the same time.

Perfect for holiday homes, this garden irrigation controller allows you to monitor and change your watering whilst you’re away using your iPad, iPhone or Android device from anywhere in the world.




High Bay Layout Guide

Posted on: July 3rd, 2014

The High Bay lights are selected and designed considering different factors like,

  • Height
  • Spacing between lights
  • Site environment
  • Reflective surfaces
  • Rack structures

For eg: Fabrication areas require more lighting where as retail/commercial places give more importance to the ambience & feel. The type of high bay required is selected based on the needs of the customer and the site environment.

Below is a basic table to help with the selection of High Bay lights.

HEIGHT Less than 4m 5 – 6m 6 – 7m Greater than 7m
Less than 8m DG.1041 120W or
DG.1042 150W
DG.1034 150W DG.1035 200W DG.1035 200W or
DG.1036 250W
8m – 10m DG.1042 150W or
DG.1043 200W
DG.1035 200W or
DG.1036 250W
DG.1035 200W,
DG.1036 250W or
KG.1166 250W
DG.1036 250W,
KG.1166 250W or
KG.1167 300W
11m – 15m DG.1043 200W or
DG.1044 250W
DG.1035 200W,
DG.1036, KG.1166
250W or KG.1167
DG.1036 250W,
KG.1166 250W or
KG.1167 300W
DG.1036 250W,
KG.1166 250W or
KG.1167 300W
Greater than 15m DG.1043 200W or
DG.1044 250W
KG.1167 300W KG.1167 300W KG.1167 300W
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