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Habitat News Archive

Welcome to Habitat intelligent living news. Here you will find all the latest news, developments and updates about all things in Electrical Design and Consulting.

Our very latest news can be read at the top, scroll down the page to read older news items.

Variety the spice of life

Posted on April 24th, 2015

The variety of decorative and energy saving lamps has expanded in the last few years due to a number of factors.

  • The withdrawal of incandescent GLS, Fancy Round and Candle lamps from the market (Government initiative).
  • Energy conscious consumers looking to save money on their electricity bills and be green.
  • Internet access enabling the sharing of interior images and new products.
  • Design conscious consumers embracing the Industrial and Clear glass styles.

Compact Fluorescent Lamps:

The traditional CFL is normally tucked away behind an opaque diffuser shaded from view. Plumen a UK company offers a compact fluorescent lamp designed to be seen. Fluorescent Lamps are best utilized in light fittings where the fitting is turned on for longer periods of time and most often not suitable for dimming.

Filament Lamps:

The popularity of the Industrial Style and Clear glass Light fittings has seen the re emergence of the carbon filament lamp. The carbon filament lamp produces a soft glow without causing glare. For those who do not like to change globes Mercator have brought to market the LED filament lamp. The 4W LED filament lamp has an output of 480 lumens.

Halogen Replacement and LED Lamps:

The traditional GLS, Fancy Round and Candle are available in LED and Halogen replacement versions. LED versions offer energy saving and long life. Changing the globes around the house becomes a less common chore a bonus for those who have fittings in hard to reach places like a stairwell. Halogen replacement lamps provide good light output, wattages ranging from 18W to 72W depending on the style of globe. Another benefit of the halogen replacement lamp is seamless dimming and great colour rendering.

Latest release Retina LED downlights

Posted on March 24th, 2015

Looking for a suitable LED downlight for outside or for the bathroom that matches your other LED downlights? The Retina has just been released.

The Retina is IP54 weatherproof rated downlight suitable for wet areas such as bathroom, toilets, laundries, outside alfresco areas, eaves & other outdoor undercover areas. Comes in warm white or cool white 10W LED’s with built in dimmable LED driver and heat resistant housing for cooler operation. High lumen output 700Lm (WW) or 800Lm (CW) 1.5m flex and plug included with each downlight!


  • IP54 rated- suitable for installation in wet areas
  • LED Downlight with Built-in Driver
  • PBT Plastic with Aluminium Core
  • H62xD110mm / Cut-Out: 92cm
  • Dimmable: Leading and Trailing Edge
  • Supplied with Flex and Plug


  • Wattage: 10W
  • Colour Temp: 3000k or 6000k
  • Lumens: 700Lm (warm white) or 800Lm (cool white)
  • Dimmable: Yes – all major leading and trailing edge dimmers
  • Dimmable: Leading and Trailing Edge
  • CRI: 80
  • Beam Angle: 90 degrees

Now Available: Clipsal 30 Series USB Charger Mech

Posted on July 29th, 2014

Habitat have added the new Clipsal 30 Series USB Charger Mech to the growing selections range.

Recognised as Australia’s Most Universal USB Mech, the Clipsal 30 Series can be used to charge smartphones, tablets, cameras and portable music devices, with the ability to charge up to three electronic devices at a time, per wall plate, without the need for a power board.

The USB mech will fit into a standard 30 mech aperture, making it a highly flexible solution across the range of Clipsal plate offers.


• Fit up to three USB Charger Mechs per plate

• Match coloured plates with compatible colour caps, to suit decor

• Able to be retrofitted, quickly, into Clipsal Wall Plates with 30 Mech apertures

• Cable compensation allows devices to be charged quickly

• Inbuilt protection for surge, over-temperature and over-current occurences

• Certified to all relevant safety and EMC requirements for Australia

Habitat’s new alliance with Middy’s

Posted on June 3rd, 2014

Habitat was acquired by Middendorp Electric Co. (Middy’s) in late 2013.

This new alliance will assist Habitat’s growth into the residential and commercial markets while establishing key partnership with industry leading suppliers. These supplier partnerships will ensure Habitat are always offering the most up-to-date and reliable products available in the Australian market.

Middy’s is Australia’s largest independent electrical wholesaler and has been family owned since 1928. Middy’s is considered a leader in technology within the electrical industry and offers electrical contractors all the resources required to grow their business in new technology and energy efficient markets.

Environexus Partnership

Posted on June 3rd, 2014

Habitat have teamed with Environexus.

Environexus is where everyday devices become amazingly intelligent. Turn an iPhone or tablet into a control centre for home automation, security and lighting. Nexus also supply devices such as switches which combine lighting, motion, and temp sensors into a single wireless trigger. Simple, easy to install and surprisingly affordable for customers.

Click here to view and download our Environexus brochures.

Contact your Tech Rep for more details.

Why you need 6 Star lighting in your home

Posted on June 2nd, 2014

In the building industry it is now mandatory for new homes to be designed in accordance with the 6-star energy rating rules. A planning permit will only be issued if your plans meet the MEPS (Minimum Energy Performance Standards) under the NCC (National Construction Code). These rules specify how many watts of power output can be used per square metre of area; this influences the number and type of light fittings that can be installed.

To find out more about why you need 6 star lighting in your home, read our brochure here.

BCA Smoke Alarm changes

Posted on June 2nd, 2014

Earlier this year, The Australian Building Codes Board released the National Construction Code 2014, which came into effect as of May 1st, 2014. There are 2 changes that affect us in the electrical industry.

Interconnection of smoke alarms:
Previously, smoke alarms were only required to be connected to consumer mains power where available, they must now also be interconnected when installed in Class 1 buildings. This new requirement has been introduced to increase the likelihood that sleeping occupants will be made aware of smoke in other areas of the home, as all alarms will sound when one is triggered.

Exit signs:
Photoluminescent (glow in the dark) exit signs can now be used as an alternative to exit signs illuminated by a power source. However, the NCC also stipulates that there must be a dedicated, uninterrupted light source of 100lux to the face of the sign.

Habitat Group wins Melbourne Design Award

Posted on May 29th, 2014

Habitat Group wins the 2012 Melbourne Design Awards for Installation Design Display

Habitat Group were announced winners for Installation Design Display category for their Electrical & Lighting showroom. The 2012 Melbourne Design Awards have been announced by Mark Bergin, Creative Director, design100 on Wednesday 19 September at the Business and Investment Centre, Melbourne. The winners are judged by industry and the general public – the market place.

The MDAs are open across 6 major categories – Space, Visual, Object, Fashion, Experience and Marketplace and feature a wide range of sub-categories covering excellence across fields including products and furnishings, architecture, interiors, landscape design, advertising graphic design, fashion, photography and digital media. The finalists are representative of some of the best designers in their fields.

‘The awards finalists and winners represent the best of the best in their specialty, the design marketplace is a broad landscape and it’s a pleasure to be able to recognize a wealth of talent’, says Mark Bergin.

Habitat Group created a showroom that is engaging, informative and simple to guide clients through.

Through a series of displays, the clients journey starts at the LED back lit displays, where they are able to view a range of light fittings, the journey continues on to the product/information boards where clients can make informed selections from the range of electrical products they may wish to add to their dream home. After walking through the display, clients take a seat at our consulting area where, with the help of a consultant, design the electrical and lighting selections of their new home.

Click to view the winning entry