Category Archives: Lighting

Review: OSRAM LIGHTIFY Smart Connected Lighting System

As we rapidly move towards an IP-connected society, with buzzwords such as “internet-of-things” and “sensor networks”, suddenly the concept of home automation has become cool again. No, we’re not talking about the old fashioned expensive, temperamental, slow and clunky power-line … Continue reading

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Teardown: IKEA 11W ES Frosted Round CFL

For some strange reason, it seems like it’s recently been CFL failure season. It could be the weather, but more likely, it’s just a random co-incidence. Today’s teardown candidate is another one of IKEA’s old series of CFL globes – … Continue reading

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Teardown: Philips Tornado 24W Spiral ES CFL

I’m technically on hiatus, and I am piled up with work, but some days I just find it hard to go without doing something to break the monotony, so I’m back with a few seemingly random posts. We kick off … Continue reading

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DIY: Adapting Out of Tricky Light-Bulb Situations

Being the resident electronically minded person in the house, I normally take charge of all the lighting in the house as well. Unfortunately, in the house we’re living in at the moment, some really oddball builder has decided to use … Continue reading

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Salvage, Teardown: Vossloh Schwabe ELXe 236.523 T8/TC-L Electronic Ballast

A while back, in one of the rooms I was sitting in at the uni, there was a flickering 2 x 36w fluorescent fitting. This particular fitting was troublesome, as contractors had come and gone and relamped the unit, only … Continue reading

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Teardown: Osram St151 4-22W Series Glow Starter

If you thought I had said everything I needed to say about starters back in my glow lamp article, you were wrong! When visiting a local hardware store, I came across a different type of starter, known as a series … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Osram LED Star Classic A 100 Globes (10.5W & 12W E27)

After a few trips to Bunnings, I couldn’t help myself but pick up a few Osram LED globes for testing. Osram has long been a trusted name in lighting, being a high quality incandescent globe manufacturer. Lets see how their … Continue reading

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Teardown & Test: Nelson Cougar 60 Electronic Downlight Transformer

You never quite go to Bunnings without leaving with quite a few items. While walking around the aisles, the Nelson Cougar 60 caught my eye. This is an electronic transformer designed for use with halogen downlights up to 60 watts. … Continue reading

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Review & Test: Philips LEDbulb B22 14w 1400lm LED Globe

Sometimes you need to solve your own problems around the house, and the best place to visit is a hardware store. Just last week, I took a trip to Bunnings, and I couldn’t resist surveying their array of LED light … Continue reading

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Project: A Fluorescent Starter Based Glow Lamp

This week marks the official opening of the Vivid Sydney outdoor light show for 2015. Sadly, the weather is absolutely horrible today, with scattered heavy showers all over Sydney meaning it’s another “stay at home” day. This got me thinking … Continue reading

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Mega Review, Teardown: IKEA Sparsam CFL & Ledare LED Globes

Late last week, I made my once-in-a-year or so pilgrimage to IKEA, just in time for Mother’s Day. I always feel like a kid in a candy store when I’m at IKEA, and my mind runs wild with questions like … Continue reading

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Salvage, Teardown: MR16 Downlight Transformers & Luminaire

While I did salvage the lights in the last part, that was not all! There were also downlight transformers and luminaires to be salvaged too. Using a similar strategy to the last, I decided to salvage one of each sort … Continue reading

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Salvage, Teardown: MR16-compatible LED Downlights

At the end of last year, the UNSW CATS room right next to my PhD office in the Vallentine Annexe was undergoing complete renovation. As part of the renovation, they removed all of the old luminaires, most of which were … Continue reading

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Teardown: SwitchOn Globe CH-2U 7w CFL Globe

Failures of compact fluorescent globes happen rarely, but every time I replace one, I tend to take them apart and photograph their insides if I haven’t already. Today’s specimen is a generic globe, which has been branded and imported by … Continue reading

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Teardown: A Dying “X-Glow”-branded Cree XLamp Torch

A few years ago, while shopping around at a local Jaycar, I got a bit distracted and did something bad. I made an impulse buy. I saw a nice LED torch sitting on the shelf, on special, with a very … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Philips GreenPerform Highbay BY619P LED Luminaire

This week, I was very lucky to receive a rather large and heavy box. (No, It wasn’t pizza …) It was “unlovingly” left outside my front door by the postman. I wonder what it could be? It says Philips on … Continue reading

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Teardown: IKEA 11w BC & Philips Genie 11w ES CFL

As I mentioned in some earlier random posts, CFL failure is few and far between, but they seem to temporally cluster sometimes. Maybe that’s a coincidence, but lets take a look at the innards of a few globes. I’ve looked … Continue reading

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Quick Review: 5w & 13w Philips LED Light Globes at Woolworths

Just last week, on one of my better days, I took some time to visit my local supermarket – Woolworths. I haven’t visited one in over a year – so it was an opportunity to see what’s new (and get … Continue reading

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Teardown: Sunshine T5 S13582W 13W Ballast

Part of the whole clean-up business also means that I get rid of some of my old junk. Many years ago (2006 actually), on a holiday to Hong Kong, I purchased a set of four Sunshine branded T5 S13582W 13W … Continue reading

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Teardown: IKEA 11w (E27) Compact Fluorescent Lamp

The other day, one of these energy saver globes went fizzzzzzzzzz, pop and died. So instead of throwing it out (which you should never do), I decided to tear it down for my readers. But first, a little story about … Continue reading

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Kogan LED Light Globes – Unwelcome RF Noise!

Today, I fired up my Winradio G31DDC SDR for some HF action, but wait a sec – what’s that noise all over the place? That wasn’t there before!!! The above is a spectrogram (click for larger – resized to 50%) … Continue reading

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Review: Kogan 8W LED Light Bulbs (E27 and B22)

I’ve always been a fan of energy efficiency. Those compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) which people love to hate just don’t bother me at all. I’ve lived through the blink-blink starter pre-heat type, to the “delayed start” preheat type, right up … Continue reading

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