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Our experience to date proves that while
reducing the energy consumption by more
than 50 per cent on average, lighting upgrades
provide facilities with more consistent lighting
distribution over workspaces, and more
prominent retail merchandising through
During the audit phase of the program,
information is collected regarding all
electrical systems in the premises. This
provides a better understanding of energy
and workspace usage, operational hours, use
of existing systems, lux readings, electrical
compliance, and work health and safety
considerations from areas that are lit 24
hours a day. This information is compiled
with a detailed photographic survey to
provide the most cost-effective solution to fit
the individual facility’s needs and material-
All works should be undertaken during
scheduled project upgrades or after
hours, to ensure that staff and customers
are not affected, while also preventing
any downtime for the premises. To date,
we have undertaken in excess of 1000
commercial retail space lighting upgrades, as
well as more than 50 commercial floors that
are larger than 1000 square metres, with
zero hours of downtime on a site.
As part of any upgrade, recycling is an
essential component, and it requires detailed
consideration. Specialist providers should be
enlisted wherever necessary to dispose of all
waste products that result from the process.
It’s important to note that when undertaking
upgrades to older sites, it is likely that there
will be polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
and hazardous materials that require special
handling and disposal.
Warranties on all fixtures and fittings
provided during these programs should be
no less than five years. Emergency fittings
with battery components are an exception,
with no less than three years. This is a
parts warranty only, but it ensures that only
minimal labour costs will be incurred to
replace a faulty fitting.
LEDs are expected to last far longer than
their five-year warranty once installed,
and the long-term savings are substantial.
Fluorescent globes only last 20,000–30,000
hours at most, compared to an expected
100,000-plus hours for an equivalent LED
product. Although the investment is initially
greater, the cost is less in the long run.
We are currently undertaking rollouts across
multiple regions of Australia for large retail
clients. The savings from minimised repairs and
maintenance costs, as well as extensive energy
savings for the properties in question, are
already proving to be substantial.
As displayed in the accompanying graphs
(above), a set of trial sites working five-day
reduction in comparative work-order
volumes and lighting energy usage.
WORK ORDER VOLUME REDUCTIONS
Chart showing reduction in work order volumes for a trial group of retail property sites.
Works were in progress when data was collated so reduction is expected to be even
more significant than indicated above.
Figure 2 – Chart showing reduction in work-order volumes for a trial group of retail property sites. Works were in
progress when data was collated, so reduction is expected to be even more significant than indicated above
Modus is a leading provider of
sustainable construction and facilities
management across Australia.
Innovation, sustainability and safety
are integral to the way Modus does
business. Providing services from light-
bulb replacements to the construction
of petrol stations, Modus strives to
offer efficient solutions through building
maintenance, electrical and project
With a truly national footprint, no
location is out of reach. Modus is
responsive, accredited, committed and
proud to hold many of Australia’s ASX
200 listed companies as its clients.
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Power Removed From Site (Watts Before)
Power Installed Into Site (Watts After)
BEFORE & AFTER LIGHTING ENERGY USAGE
Chart depicting before and after energy usage for lighting circuits. Savings shown based on sample of
52 sites for which energy savings range between 31% and 79% based on equivalent Lux output before
and after works.
Figure 1 – Chart depicting before and after energy usage for lighting circuits. Savings shown based on sample of 52
sites, for which energy savings range between 31 per cent and 79 per cent, based on equivalent lux output before
and after works
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