Laminex Visit

As part of the hard materials and finishes subject, today we visited National Tiles and Laminex

At Laminex we had a talk from Glen on Laminex products in terms of both a domestic and commercial application


Splashback “Metaline” – Aluminium based composition product, can go behind electric and gas cooktops, but must have a 30 mm distance between the cooktop edge and the splashback, due to safety regulations (gap acts as an air buffer, warranty/house insurance will be voided if not complied with) . Metaline can be bent to an internal or external corner. Sheets are 3600 long by 1500 or 1800 wide. The metaline product competes against glass. Relatively scratch resistant – can use car polish to buff out scratches. Labour component of installation reduced dramatically, no need to take off site to shape and then reshape once fitted. Glass splashbacks in comparison take 4-6 weeks to install whereas Metaline can be installed in 20 minutes, meaning an entire kitchen can be completed in 2 days. For vertical use only. Anti-rust inhibitor on back, can be used in showers. Usually 10-15% cheaper than glass to install. Glass $6-800 per lineal m while metaline is $4-500.

Bench top Solid stone “Freestyle” – Acrylic based product. Labour component 60% of bill

Bench top “Essa Stone” – Resin based product with 95% Quartz. Same product as Caeserstone, just offers different colours.

Bench top Laminate – Made of paper in layers

Layers (top to bottom)

  • Release Paper (shiny surface)
  • Overlay – Clear Plastic (wear resistance)
  • Decorative paper, such as tissue paper
  • Craft/Brown Paper (thickness and wear resistance)
Laminate can not be repaired if burnt
Laminex Laminate “180FX” only laminate in Australia that doesn’t repeat across the 3.6m length.
Doors – core is moisture resistant (MR) craft wood, vinyl front, vacuum pressed to craft wood.
Styles – Melamine, square edge, contour doors, painted doors (texture, satin and gloss)

Glossary: CRI (Colour Rendering Index)

Colour Rendering Index or C.R.I measures the light level against natural daylight. Daylight has a C.R.I level of 100 and light globes have a rating of how close, in terms of brightness, they are to natural light, e.g. fluorescent globes usually have a CRI of 90 . Other factors such as colour temperature represented by k is important too.

Solatube Pricing

The eChoice Thermal Insulate Panel is an extra $30.00 +GST for the 160DS (product code: A-420230) and $58.00 +GST for the 2900DS (product code A-420240)

The prices given on the website do not include the shaft (that runs from the roof to the ceiling).

The pricing for the shaft extensions are:

Solatube 160DS are: 400mm = $75.00 +GST; 600mm = $100.00 +GST

Solatube 290DS are: 400mm = $100.00 +GST; 600mm = $125.00 +GST

New Diffusers/Glass Distractions –

Lighting Log: Lighting a Small Room Week 2

Today we visited Electric City Lighting at 23 Thomas Mitchell Drive, Wodonga

LED’s are becoming more and more common.

They look attractive with crystal luminaires

Can change colour, more for effect

Can have dimmers

Can be very bright

Can get hot – so have fans

Australian Standards (1st May 2011)

Maximum of 5 watts per metre squared inside a house

Maximum of 4 watts per metre squared outside

Maximum of 3 watts per metre squared for a garage

New houses must comply

Older houses exempt

Not all down lights are interchangeable between halogen and LED lamps

Halogens can be energy savers, 20 watt gives 100 watts of light – Fabulous lighting

History of lighting

Candles > Gas Lamps > Electric bulbs/lamps (incandescent) > fluorescent > halogen

Types of lamps (artificial lighting)

Incandescent- Phased out as they overheat, have short lived use and are not cost effective in terms of electricity

Fluorescent- “diffused light”; long lived, energy efficient

LED- light emitting diodes; low running costs, great for decorative lights

Halogen- work in the same way as incandescent, different gas, reflectors within bulb, strong light, overheat easily, not very sustainable

Sodium- street lights, yellow glow

Metal Halide- works in same way as halogen and incandecent, halide gas used, take time to warm up and cool down, commercial use only

Neon-Good for signage

Watts – more watts per lamp – more electricity used

Incandescent– approx. 6o watts per lamp

Fluorescent – 11 watts per lamp

Halogen – 120 watts per lamp

Phillips– Lighting company

Warmer coloured lighting (Yellow) are cooler to touch

Cooler coloured lighting (White/blue) warmer to touch

For Bathrooms – Cooler/natural lighting towards mirror and warmer lighting over bath for relaxation

Task Lighting

Generally cool lights

As name suggests, used to perform tasks

Pointed at specific place

e.g. kitchen bench, work desk, over seat on lounge for reading, knitting etc.

Accent Lighting

Highlights particular objects such as picture frames, displays

Ambient Lighting

Surrounding lighting

Sets mood

Can be low level or brighter

Can utilise a dimmer switch

Decorative Lighting

Decorative luminaires

Eye catching

Not necessarily used as main light source

Architectural Lighting

Lights up outside of buildings/walls

shows outdoor features

Landscape Lighting

Used for gardens

Outdoor use

Rooms often utilise different layers of lighting

VIVID – lighting exhibition held in May, showcases new lighting and techniques e.g. projection, interactive lighting

Colour Rendering

measured on a scale of 1-100, 100 representing natural light

e.g. sodium- very low, halogen- very high (90’s), fluorescent – approx. 70

Lighting Log: Lighting a Small Room Week 1 Glossary

Glossary Terms

Lamp – Industry term for globe, tube or bulb

Luminaire – device that holds the lamp

Lux – The SI unit of illumination, equal to one lumen per square metre

Lumens – The SI derived unit used to measure the amount of light passing through a given
area per second. One lumen is equal to the luminous flux passing per unit solid
angle from a light source with a strength of one candela.

Luxometer – a device for measuring the intensity of infrared, ultraviolet, or visible light.