Lighting joint venture

Energy-efficient lightbulb maker Energy Mad is partnering with Meridian Energy to market its special downlights in Christchurch.

During the next few months Meridian's 60,000 customers will be offered a free lighting assessment from Energy Mad.

It will advise households how much could potentially be saved on their power bills if incandescent and halogen downlights are replaced with Energy Mad's low temperature Ecobulb downlights, and they have insulation to fill the insulation gaps in their ceiling left by previous downlights.

The company is marketing two types of downlights, one that can be closely surrounded by insulation, and another that can be covered with insulation and not present a fire risk.

Energy Mad managing director Chris Mardon said improved insulation, combined with the energy-efficient bulbs, usually meant an annual saving of about 25 per cent of a household's electricity bill, and meant the initial outlay for the new type of downlight was recouped within a year.

The potential savings are based on research by the Building Research Association of New Zealand.

Mardon said the project, which kicked off last week, would have a significant impact on Energy Mad's sales.

Meridian general manager retail Bill Highet said if there was a good response rate, the company would consider rolling the project out on a bigger scale.

The Press