Category Archives: Lighting

Quick Review: IKEA Lunnom 600lm 5.5W 2200K LED Filament Globe

In the last few years, it seemed that carbon-filament style globes grew drastically in popularity for mood lighting in many commercial and home settings. Their warm orange glow is distinctive, and nostalgic. While the government in Australia had done a … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Lightway 17W Dimmable LED Bulb (43287 & 43288)

It seems that LED lighting has become mainstream, with CFLs slowly starting to disappear from shelves. It’s a good thing, both from an environmental perspective and from an economic perspective, as it seems that LED globes have fallen in price … Continue reading

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Teardown: IKEA Sparsam 15W CFL & OSRAM Lightify CLA60 RGBW

It’s going to be a teardown double post, although not a happy one for me for a number of reasons. IKEA Sparsam 15W CFL This particular CFL is a young globe – only just installed prior to my holidays but … Continue reading

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Experiment: Sylvania Lynx CFTE 42W Cool White Deluxe CFL Tubes

Every so-often, I drop into my local thrift shop because I just so happen to be passing by on another errand and have some time to spare. It’s often a good experience to sift through the random items for sale, … Continue reading

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Salvage Season: Pt 4 – Lighting & AV Stuff

The salvages continue with lighting and AV related equipment. Of course, some of this isn’t that useful nowadays, but it’s more interesting from a “wish fulfillment” and philosophical perspective. Lighting (with Philosophical “Light-Bulb” Moments) It’s no big secret that LED … Continue reading

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Canb2016: Special 3 – Muller Licht 18W 1700lm 4000K T8 4ft LED Tube

If you’ve been following along, you probably didn’t guess that the final special post of my Canberra journey would have to do with LED lighting, but in fact this was the impetus for me to have met with the reader … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: IKEA RYET 5w & 7.5w LED E27 Globes

It’s been a while since I had to make a trip to my local IKEA (Rhodes, Sydney, Australia), and as usual, I always like to stop by the lighting department and see what’s new. Last time, they were just introducing … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Nitecore HC60 1000lm USB Rechargeable Headlamp

After I wrote my review of the Nitecore MH10, I decided to ask Nitecore (nicely) if they would like me to review their other products, as they had a reviewer’s section on their site. To my surprise, they were happy … Continue reading

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Review: Nitecore MH10 Cree XM-L2 1000lm USB Rechargeable Flashlight

A few weeks ago, I was looking around wondering what I should buy myself, since I haven’t had a new toy for a while now and I really wanted to treat myself. I wanted something that would come in handy, … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: BrighterLED Lighting Solutions (BLLS-DL10-I115WW) 10W LED Downlight

Work doesn’t stop at the “Gough Labs”, and this week, another anonymous donation turned up for the review challenge. This is yet another LED downlight, from a company called BrighterLED Lighting Solutions. I have no idea where this came from, … Continue reading

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By Invitation: On Location at HPM Legrand’s Head Office

Normally, review challenge products are submitted, reviewed, published and that is that. After reviewing HPM’s DLI9002 LED Downlight and the Legrand E2 Edgelight LED Exit Sign, I was given an invitation to visit HPM Legrand’s head office in Prestons, in … Continue reading

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Teardown, Review: Mercator Retina 10W (MD499) White LED Downlight

Mercator is an Australian owned lighting company, whose products are occasionally seen in local hardware and lighting shops. This article looks at the Mercator Retina 10W LED Downlight, model number MD499 in White, donated anonymously under the terms of the … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Atom Lighting AT9033/WH/WW 10W LED Downlight

The review challenge submissions keep rolling in. This post looks at the Atom Lighting AT9033/WH/WW 10W Warm White LED Downlight, another product for the Australian market, also anonymously donated. Lets put it through its paces and see what we can … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: SAL Wave S9065 DL 10W LED Downlight

The LED downlight reviews continue, with another anonymous donation for the review challenge. This time, we’re looking at the Sunny Australia Lighting (better known as SAL) Wave S9065 DL (Daylight 6000K) 10W LED downlight. SAL is a major Australian distributor … Continue reading

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Teardown: Failed Philips Genie 14W & Tornado 20W E27 CFLs

Another long weekend, so a good excuse to add some more posts. This post has a double serving of failed Philips CFLs – a Genie 14W and an old style Tornado 20W. These CFLs were used by the strata for … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: DETA DET190 7W Warm White Dimmable LED Downlight

Given that LED lighting is all the rage at the moment, is it a great surprise that another LED product comes up for review? Not at all. This post looks at the DETA DET190 7W Warm White Dimmable LED Downlight, … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Legrand E2 Edgelight LED Exit Sign (684731)

Emergency exit lighting is not the first thing that comes to mind when the word “lighting” is mentioned, but it is one very important type of lighting especially in larger residential and commercial buildings. Such lighting is regulated by AS2293 … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: HPM DLI9002 7W Cool White LED Downlight

The lighting industry has been undergoing a revolution thanks to LED technology, bringing with it ever higher efficiencies and better lifetime which are becoming more important both from an energy cost and environmental perspective. Home owners with older halogen based … Continue reading

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Teardown: A failed SUNeCON S-SP/38 38W CFL Globe

SUNeCON is not a brand that’s often heard around here, and for good reason. This particular CFL is a very special globe – at least to me anyway. I was walking through a “$10” shop in Hong Kong back in … Continue reading

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Failed: Click LTMR5W3K 5W LED MR16-Replacement Globe

Throughout LED lighting’s journey towards mainstream adoption, several generations of end-user retrofit globes have been produced by many companies in a wide variety of configurations for simple “plug and play” upgrades. Unfortunately, these globes were not always of the quality … Continue reading

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Teardown, Repair & Test: AY/Generic UV EPROM Eraser

With many older computers and their peripherals, the firmware code is stored inside a ROM chip of some sort. These were unlike the later EEPROMs and Flash chips which could be electrically erased and reprogrammed. Instead, these chips were often … Continue reading

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Failed: 300W Linear Halogen Bulb

Halogen lights are one of the least efficient lighting technologies and they really should be replaced wherever possible. Sure, they’re more efficient than the humble incandescent, but only by a percent or two, rather than the 85% or so that … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Philips LuxSpace G3 ANZ (DN498) LED Downlight

Following on from the same vein of LED retrofit solutions as my last posting, those with suspension ceilings or existing recessed lighting will also have a desire to retrofit older PAR globes, halogen downlights and CFL based “can” style downlights … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Philips SmartPanel 2.0 (RC160V) LED Panel Light

The LED retrofit market has been growing considerably, both in commercial and residential contexts, as LEDs offer instant-on to full brightness, superior energy efficiency and long lifetimes, reducing labour costs and saving on cooling. Commercial interest in retrofits have been … Continue reading

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Review: OSRAM LIGHTIFY Updates, Philips Hue Bulb Compatibility & Performance

From my previous experiments noting compatibility issues with Philips Hue globes not playing with the LIGHTIFY system, it seems that OSRAM has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to solve the reported issues and bring LIGHTIFY users something new before … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Belkin WeMo Switch (F7C027au)

All of this home automation stuff is admittedly a little addictive – being the curious type, I’ve always wanted to see how far these things can go. As a result, in addition to buying the Belkin WeMo globes at a … Continue reading

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Teardown Fail: Philips 13w E27 LED Globe

A good 20-months ago, I settled on a Philips 13w E27 LED globe for my room. At the time, it seemed like a solid buy, given that I had no RF problems and it was as bright as expected with … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Philips Hue 8.5W E27 Globe, tested w/OSRAM LIGHTIFY

UPDATE: Please note that this information is now historical and outdated. I have contacted OSRAM about the compatibility issue and I can confirm its resolution as of Gateway Wi-Fi Firmware Version 1.1.2.90, Zigbee Firmware Version 1.2.0.67. Many thanks to OSRAM … Continue reading

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Review: Belkin WeMo Smart LED Globe & Test w/OSRAM LIGHTIFY

When it comes to Zigbee-enabled smart lighting devices in Australia, the one predominant vendor at this moment is Belkin with their WeMo system. While the WeMo system itself has its share of mixed feedback, it was reported by Belkin that … Continue reading

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Addendum: OSRAM LIGHTIFY Spectral Test Results Redux

As a student and a hobbyist, getting access to nice proper equipment can be quite difficult. Using the wrong sort of equipment can lead to poor results and big hassles. In the recent review of the OSRAM LIGHTIFY system, I … Continue reading

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