EFFICIENT GREEN LIGHTING: Rhino Group expands into the LED lighting sector


Having built a reputation as a leader in functional green technology with the House Rhino project, the Port Elizabeth-based Rhino Group’s Lighting division has now set sights on providing long-lasting and energy-efficient Light Emitting Diodes (LED) lighting for the local household and business market.

“The Rhino Group offers a total solution to our customers, including solar solutions, water etc. in a world where resources are limited and it is making literally more and more sense (sic) these days to save energy and convert to renewable, or more energy efficient ways of doing things.

“Lighting is one aspect to our total package – of course, we could gladly assist with a lighting audit on its own if that is what you the customer requires,” explained Heather McEwan, Managing Director, Rhino Lighting.

She said the unique advantage with LED’s lies in their long life as well as their energy efficiency and ability to produce the same and in many cases better light quality as normal Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL).

“LED lights have been around for years and used in more permanent applications like in traffic lights or standby lights on your TV and remote. You don’t often see a bulb in a traffic light being changed,” described McEwan.

“As a result LED’s are more efficient and used in more and more applications – including lighting in homes and at work. As the technology has improved, so too has our understanding of how best to illuminate these spaces to provide the safest, most comfortable and productive environments.”

While a six watt LED light emits the same amount of Lumens (unit of measuring light output) as a 50 watt incandescent bulb or 35 watt CFL, it generates little heat – and is environmentally friendly.

“The CFL’s and fluorescent tubes contain mercury and harmful chemicals, which need to be disposed of properly. LED’s do not,” explained McEwan.

She said while the initial cost of purchasing LED’s may be more than that of incandescent and CFL’s, LED’s have always proven to be the cost effective option in the long run.

“The running costs of using 50W incandescent bulbs at an average of four hours every day over 5 years comes to around R1 146 while using 6W LED’s over the same period comes to just around R111. That is a saving of about R1 035” said McEwan.

Aesthetically, LED’s can also be a durable decorative tool. They can deliver anything between cool, pure to warm white which is ideal for interior styling for hotels, boardrooms, workplaces and at home.

As a guarantee of quality, Rhino Lighting tests every LED light before distribution. Perhaps it is time you switch your lighting to LED.