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Home Living : October 6th 2009
HLF - HOME LIVING: NORTH WEST, Tuesday, October 6, 2009 5 ................................................ Downlight danger » ADVERTISING FEATURE Homeowners will see a major benefit with the news that fire-resistant downlight protectors will be covered under the $1600 Home Insulation Rebate. Approved downlight enclosures prevent fire risk but will also bring a significant increase in energy efficiency. In a recent communication with Arrowform, who specialise in the manufacture of downlight protectors, the Federal Environment, Water Heritage and the Arts Department confirmed that downlight covers will be allowed (under the rebate), providing they are approved to the relevant Australian Standard. Providing an incentive to install approved downlight protectors is a positive step for the government, and will result in fewer ceiling fires caused by halogen lights. These can reach temperatures of up to 300˚C and can ignite insulation, timber and other building materials, including dust and debris that collects in the ceiling cavity. According to independent research, a ceiling without downlight protectors can see up to a 66 per cent reduction in energy efficiency, even with freshly installed insulation. This is because insulation installers typically create a gap of 500sq mm around each downlight, which is the alternative to suitable downlight protectors as allowed under the Australian Standard. Arrowform's Isolite Guard meets the highest requirement of the Australian Standard and allows the enclosed downlight to abut the insulation and any timber beams. Isolite Guards are specifically designed to prevent fires. At $16 each, these Australian-made Isolite guards are available from more than 1000 outlets. HOMELIVING Water wise The Gardena Premium SkinTech Hose is designed for effortless handling and ultimate durability. It won't kink, tie itself in knots or even get twisted. With thick UV stabilised walls and SkinTech coating, the hose will avoid physical damage and sun damage. It comes with a 25-year guarantee. Available from garden and hardware outlets. Miele has released 10 new dishwashers with a 4.5-star WELS water-efficiency rating. All can be connected to a hot water supply of up to 60˚C, reducing heat-up times. Visit miele.com.au The ergonomic premium shower/ spray gun features a modern metal/ plastic design with three modes: soft spray, mist spray and hard jet. It can be used with the Gardina hose connector stop valve that secures accessories to the outlet end of the hose. Upon disconnection of any accessory, the flow of water auto- matically stops, and there's no need to turn off at the tap. Comfortable outdoor living all-year-round Whether the forecast is for sun or rain or both, Vergola gives you the peace of mind to entertain whatever the conditions. Vergola is the well-designed, energy-efficient, outdoor roofing system that provides more versatility and functionality to your home by creating a comfortable space that's to be enjoyed all-year-round. To see how the Vergola system could benefit your home, call 1800 802 955 or visit www.vergolansw.com.au CALL 1800 802 955 www.vergolansw.com.au A plan for all seasons FREE quotes ALL suburbs *Discounts off R.R.P. on selected ranges only. Offer supercedes previous offers. X29756 New season's fabrics across the range New Sirocco Sheers New Vision Magic New Spring Shutter range SPRING'S HERE! 60% off * SO SPRING IN AND WE'LL SPRING UP TO Showroom: 2 ddart Road, Prospect. h dd d Showroom: 26 Stoddart Road Prospect ,p(Mon--Fri & Sun) www.sydneyblinds.com.au (Mon Fri & Sun) www sydneyblinds com au () y y
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