Lance Stewart from Creative Lighting with a theatre light. His company has received a $42,000 grant to develop an energy efficient lighting system.
Lance Stewart from Creative Lighting with a theatre light. His company has received a $42,000 grant to develop an energy efficient lighting system. Claudia Baxter

Bright idea wins government grant

IMAGINE being able to use sunlight to light your house or business every day at no cost and with zero emissions.

It may sound impossible but one Ipswich business is well on the way to doing just that.

Lance Stewart, owner of Creative Lighting and Sound Systems at North Ipswich, is working on a system to combine solar lighting with artificial lighting to reduce energy consumption.

The concept has secured Mr Stewart's business a $42,000 State Government grant as part of the "What's Your Big Idea Queensland?" initiative.

The grant will help Mr Stewart install 14 new solar tubes at his North Ipswich business as part of an experiment to drive down energy consumption from artificial light while still maintaining a quality lit environment.

"We're targeting zero emissions," Mr Stewart said. "Potentially this system could also deliver a zero (lighting) cost.

"What we're aiming at is a combination of the best high efficiency light sources, daylight harvesting and other technology to squeeze energy consumption down to a very low level."

The research has wide-ranging implications for both commercial and domestic energy users.

"You would be generating sufficient power during the day to offset day and night lighting."

The research being completed by the Ipswich business places it firmly at the cutting edge of lighting efficiency development.

The company has already been involved in numerous overseas projects.


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