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July 14, 2020

4 reasons why it’s important to think about colour temperature in lighting warm white, cool white, daylight

It’s amazing what a difference the color of a light can make in a room. It can really add to the feeling of the whole house. It’s surprisingly important to consider the colour temperature when you’re looking at the aesthetic of a room, and if you try out a few different looks, you might be amazed how much they can change the overall atmosphere. Considering the color temperature of the lighting in your in rooms allows you to optimize them for their intended activity, improving your productivity and your mood.

1) Open spaces:

One major reason to look at color temperature in your home is that it can help you get a brighter, more modern look. Choosing a color higher in the spectrum, such as cool white 4000K, will give spaces a sharper aesthetic, and brighten up dingy rooms, making them feel light and airy. This is a particularly good way to lighten darker spaces with smaller windows. For kitchens, studies, and bathrooms – where comfort needs to be coupled with a good working environment – a colder color will allow you to see what you’re doing and work more efficiently.

2) Color accuracy:

To further increase this effect, particularly if you have an art studio or display, you could look at daylight 5700K, which is designed to mimic daylight as closely as possible. Having good lighting while working on projects will make it easier to choose the right colors, ensuring that your art is in its best form; it’s not easy to paint a beautiful color picture in the dark.

3) Productivity

As well as increasing the sense of openness in your house, these colder lights will also help your productivity. Warmer lights are more likely to make you feel sleepy and relaxed, as they are closer to the colors of sunset, and trigger an increase in hormones, which make you sleepy. By installing cold lights in office spaces, you can ensure that your brain is functioning throughout the evening hours when you want to focus, rather than switching off for the night.

4) Promoting Relaxation

This obviously leads to a reverse situation; when you want to relax, you may want to consider warm light colors. As mentioned, some studies suggest that these warmer colors can make you sleepy and help promote regular sleeping patterns. This means that, for a bedroom or living room, you might want to look at warm white 3000K lighting, which will make the room cozy and relaxing, and may even help you wind down for sleep. This sort of lighting looks more conventional, and can really help turn off the mind.

By thinking carefully about the types of lighting in your home, you can make every room feel in tune with its purpose, keeping your productivity high and ensuring you are able to relax when you want to. The rooms where you are working, for example, the kitchen, will have sufficient lighting for you, and the rooms where you want to unwind will have the comforting yellow-orange of a beautiful sunset.

Whether you are replacing existing lights with new LED lights, or undertaking a home renovation Powerix Electrician can help you with the installation of your new LED lights.

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July 14, 2020

Kitchen Wars: Electric or Induction

Cooking is an everyday task, but some days, we as wives have no desire to do it. Having to prep, cook, and clean up afterwards, is just one of those things that can drive us all a little crazy.

As a wife, there are days that I come home from work, look at my stove, think about the mess I am going to make, and I just give up and call for takeout. Some nights, I have no desire to deal with my stove and oven.

Every stove has its own way of cooking with some being better than others. Let's look at the difference between electric and induction stoves. We will look at the safety, ease of use, economy, and cleaning of each cooktop.

Sometimes a better stove makes a world of a difference!

Electric cooktops

  • Safety: They are safe, but do have a downside. Unlike induction stove tops, these heat the whole element. This means that if your pot or pan is smaller than the heating element, you run the risk of burns. This just means putting a little extra elbow grease into cleaning.
  • Ease of Use: These are simple to use but they can take a few minutes to heat up; fortunately, they get hot and stay hot. It can be tricky to change the temperature, but it only takes a few minutes.
  • Economy: These tend to run cheaper than induction stoves. They are also simple to maintain since many people use them. Most people prefer them if they are looking for something long-lasting and easier on the wallet.
  • Cleaning: Electric stove tops are easy to clean. They are easy to wipe off - just clean them like you would your counters. Just remember that food is more likely to bake onto the stove causing a little more work.

Induction cooktops

  • Safety: Some models coming out have child safety locks built in. Your kids can't turn on the stove when you're not around! The stovetop also only sends heat to where it is needed. If the pot is a little smaller than the size of the burner, it only heats where the pot is touching.
  • Ease of use: The heat is instant with induction, versus electric stoves, where you have to wait for the burner to heat up before it will heat the pot or pan. This will start heating up instantly which saves on time, heat loss, and energy.
  • Economy: These stoves don't use as much energy as its electric counterparts. These stoves do tend to run at higher upfront costs than electric stoves do. Over time, they will pay for themselves, but there is a difference.
  • Cleaning: The great thing about these stoves is that the heat only goes to the pot or pan. If you happen to overflow, the food will not get baked on as easily as on an electric stove. All you do is wipe off the stove like you would your counter.

It all comes down to your personal preference. Cooking for your spouse and family, cooking in general, should be fun and with minimal craziness. Having an oven and stove that you like to cook with makes all the difference. Be sure to do some more research and ask around. Find the one that's right for you!

Whether you are replacing an existing appliance, or undertaking a kitchen renovation Powerix Electrician can help you with the installation of your new appliances.

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July 14, 2020

Solar Isolator Switch Recall: What you need to know

Have solar power at home or work?

Then pay attention, as an integral part of your system's functionality could be risking not just your installation, but much more.

The Australia Competition and Consumer Commission have recently released information concerning potentially faulty DC isolator switches.

* PLEASE NOTE: Powerix hasn't installed any of the isolators mentioned in this post.

DC isolator switches, used in the interests of safety, disconnect solar panels for the purpose of installation, repairs and maintenance.

The brands referred to in the Worksafe QLD release include:

  • Avanco
  • PVPower
  • Gen3/SPM
  • NHP
  • ISO MAX
  • Salzer Solar

If you have any questions about the below content, or solar power in general, the team at Powerix are here to help. Contact us on 1300 217 428 or 0488 856 928 .

Avanco:

Avanco brand DC isolators have been found to have internal faults, leading to overheating and fires. Sold in Queensland after 1 January 2012, the defective models include:

  • AV/DC4P25A
  • AV/DC2P25A
  • AV/DC4P25AUB
  • AV/DC2P625AU
  • AV/DC2P25AU
  • AV/DC2/2P25AU
  • AV/DC2/2P125AU
  • AV/DC4P25AU
  • AV/DC4P25AUS
  • AV/DC4P25AUT

A order for recall was announced for the affected Avanco isolators. The models subjected to recall have an enclosed rotary switch device; the switch is yellow, with a yellow background. The Avanco branding features on the front. It's worth noting that these isolators may have a marking on the external enclosure, containing the following numbers:

Clear Lid: AV/ENC4P25AC

Opaque Lid: AV/ENC4P25AO

PVPower branded DC isolators

The importers of PVPower brand DC isolators have announced a recall for the products.

PVPower isolators, like Avanco, are rotary types, and have a red switch with yellow background.


PVPower branded DC isolators
PVPower Recalled Solar DC Isolator

Gen3 or SPM branded DC isolators

The importers of the Gen3/SPM brand dc isolators are undertaking a voluntary product replacement program.

Gen3/SPM branded DC isolators are a rotary type, and have a red switch/yellow background around the switch OR a black background around the switch.

Look out for the brand logo on the top corner:

Gen3 or SPM branded DC isolators
Gen3 or SPM Recalled Solar Dc Isolator

NHP DC isolators

NHP isolator models NHP-KDA-432 and KDM-43 have been found to hold an incorrect material, derived from the manufacturing process. A voluntary recall of these isolators gas been announced.

Defects include the switch staying on, despite the handle indicating the isolator to be off. This defect carries a risk of electric shock to the operator of the isolator.

The defective models have been identified as having serial numbers from x2013 - x3813, where X can be any number between 1 and 5.

You can find the serial number on the box and on the base. Note that the ‘X’ prefix only appears on the switch base.

ISO MAX Branded DC isolators

In 2012, the sellers of ISO MAX DC isolators triggered a recall, covering DC Isolators with the following model numbers/markings:

  • Model No. LS16, DCISO 1000V
  • Model No. LS25, DCISO 1000V
  • Model No. LS32, DCISO 1000V

ISO-MAX DC Isolators have a light grey body and a red handle.

If operating at currents in excess of 12A, models LS16, LS25, and LS32 are at great risk of overheating and potentially causing fire, even if they’re being operated properly.

Salzer solar DC isolators

The Salzer solar DC isolator switches can present a risk of fire under certain conditions when switched.

Subject to numerous recalls, the specific model is DCLB232, which is also known as IPV40E and IPV40ES.

If these isolators are identified, it is advised to shut down the AC side of the PV installation, then contact an electrician/solar expert.

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If your household has one of the mentioned solar isolators, worksafe queensland advises the system be shut down immediately.

If unsure of what model isolator you have, dig further by checking your isolator’s operating manual or invoice.

Still don’t know? Get in touch with your local electrician/solar expert.

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Resources used:

https://www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au/industry/products/product-recalls

http://www.solarpanelsmelbournevictoria.com.au/solar-power/solar-components/isolator-switches/

https://www.solargain.com.au/dc-isolator-recalls

http://www.cobaltsolar.com.au/DC_Isolator_Recalls

https://www.solaraccreditation.com.au/products/product-recalls/



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