Win a Prize Pack in our Halloween Colouring Comp!


Gather ’round your little ones with our fun kids colouring competition!

We have prepared three (3) FANSTASTIC prize packs to be won that they will surely love!

Each pack includes:

  • $20 Gift Card
  • Chocolates, lollies, book, toy
  • Halloween Pumpkin Bucket

Total prize pool is $150!

The Halloween Kinds’ Colouring Competition will run from 7th October 2021 at 11:59am AEST until the 25th October 2021 at 11:59am AEST.

Click below to download the Halloween Colouring Page according to kids’ ages:

Kids ages 2-4
Kids ages 5-9
Kids ages 10-13

To Join:

  1. Colour the page as best as you can
  2. Submit completed entry forms by either scanning and
    emailing it to [email protected] or posting to CLF Colour in
    Comp 14/459 Tuffnel Rd, Banyo QLD 4014

Note: Entry is open to all residents of South East Queensland aged between 2 and
13 years (an “Entrant”) The Parent or Guardian needs to be an Australian
resident aged 18 years or over.

Competition Guidelines:

  1. Limit of one entry per person.
  2. Winner must be able to collect prize from Banyo, QLD 4014
  3. Winner can claim prizes from 26 October 2021 ­ 5 November 2021 only
  4. In case winner does not claim prize, there will be an Unclaimed Prize Draw on 6th November 2021, 10am at 14/459 Tuffnel Rd, Banyo QLD 4014

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The evolution of lighting

There was light at the start and over time we have learned how to harness it and use it for many different applications in our everyday life. Light is a critical component of life as we know it; we need light and heat to survive.

The emergence of effective, energy-efficient lighting at household and in our businesses plays a prominent role in our modern lifestyle. Along with the effect of water flow on overall health, as well as the influence of the internet on our effective interactions, it’s difficult to envision a more effective technology than lighting. As you would imagine, lighting has made great strides to get to where it is now.

A lighting timeline

In around 400,000 B.C. Homo erectus discovered the flame, quite likely due to an accident when a bolt of lightning struck a tree or a field. They later explored how to recreate this flame which allowed them to use wooden torches as a source of portable heat and illumination.

Handheld torches evolved over the subsequent years but the fundamental principles of their construction remained the same: a fuel source was required, either oil, wax or some other combustible material, which would be surrounded by a non-flammable substance, such as a shell or rock which had been hollowed out.


Candles followed from around 500 BC with many different regions of the world producing some form of candle at similar times. These were made from tallow, whale fat or another form of animal fat, beeswax and even melted cinnamon out of India. The wicks were made from paper, rice paper, cotton or hemp, with each different type of material producing a different rate of burning. Lamps which used a candle flame also became a popular source of light and were later fuelled with methane, ethylene or kerosene to produce longer lasting flames.

In 1792 the Scottish Inventor William Murdock used coal-fired gas to light his home. He experimented widely with this technology and eventually it was rolled out in homes, businesses and streets. London had the first roadway illuminated by gas lamps in 1807. Gas lamps were mounted on the pillars, ignited and extinguished by hand each night after work and morning.

Many countries around the world adopted gas lanterns until electricity was introduced in the 1820’s.


At the start of the nineteenth century, Sir Humphry Davy began experimenting with electrical lighting, using a battery and sheet of platinum. These were the first incarnations of the incandescent light bulb.

The light bulb

The first electric incandescent light bulb was patented by Thomas Edison in 1879 and this fundamentally changed the way that we used light.

In the early 1880s, the use of Direct Current electricity (DC) expanded widely following Thomas Edison’s invention, and was later accompanied by Alternating Current (AC) at the end of the 1880s, creating the two common electrical currents that we know today.


Fluorescent tube lighting was introduced in 1901. As fluorescent lights were launched, argon or krypton gas was used within a capillary tube, and electricity enabled it to shine.

In 1959, General Electric patented a halogen lamp which used iodine as the halogen gas. This innovation made this form of lamp commercially viable when compared with the previous iterations where halogen was used.

In 1962, Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) were created which simply required a semiconductor to work. This has fuelled environmentally friendly, energy-efficient lighting solutions ever since. LED bulbs typically use five times less energy than a halogen globe, helping to reduce their environmental impact while also saving you money.

Lighting today

Today we use a combination of different forms of lighting types, depending on the context, including the seemingly primitive candle. The invention of LEDs has enabled us to adopt a relatively environmentally-friendly approach to electrical lighting, which are now used readily in our homes, businesses, street-scapes and through the use of creative lighting design in Internationally recognised art installations, such as Vivid Sydney and the Field of Light at Uluru. Electricity has enabled much of this innovation and it is hard to fathom our world without it.

Field of light

Reflecting on the history of lighting allows us to see how far we have come through the use of innovation and design-thinking, while also seeing that the importance of light has remained paramount to our survival and everyday lifestyles.

Contact us today if you would have any feedback on our Evolution of Lighting article.

Stick to BBQs and backyard cricket this weekend, and leave electrical work to the experts

CLF Services Urges Aussies to avoid DIY electrical work over the upcoming long weekend, and stick to barbecues and back-yard cricket instead.

many Australians used the opportunity of a long weekend to get odd jobs done around the house, but for many those jobs included performing illegal electrical work.

Aussies faced serious injury or even death from attempting their own electrical repairs.

“Do-it-yourself home improvements have always been a great national pastime, and have become much more prominent in recent years with home renovation shows on television

This weekend is a great opportunity to catch up on any repairs you’ve set aside, but please get the help of a qualified electrician for any electrical work.

You might think it’s a simple job to change a light fitting or replace a power point, but if you get it wrong you could kill yourself or a loved one.

CLF Services is urging Aussies to stick to backyard cricket and barbecues this weekend. DIY electrical is one national pastime we should be looking to stamp out.

While you may think you can save money by ‘having a go’, just stop and ask yourself if it’s really worth risking your life or that of a family member.

The upcoming weekend should be a time of happiness for Australians, so we need to take every precaution to ensure no tragedies occur.

New Smoke Alarm Laws from 1 January 2017

After a tragedy in Slacks Creek, the Queensland State Coroner presented evidence that the type, positioning and interconnectedness of smoke alarms are crucial to ensuring how effective a smoke alarm is in alerting people to the presence of a fire. He recommended two major changes that form the basis of this new legislation. These recommendations were put to government with support of Master Electricians Australia, with new laws that came into effect in Queensland from January 1 2017. They apply to new domestic dwellings, rental properties, and properties that are undergoing substantial renovations. The new laws aim to protect the lives of every resident, by creating safer homes and one unified smoke alarm system. This means that you will be more rapidly alerted to the presence of a fire in your home. The new laws impact all newly built homes and rentals, plus any home undertaking substantial renovations. From 1 January 2017, in Queensland smoke alarms installed in new homes must be:

  • Photoelectric type only;
  • Hard wired to the electricity supply;
  • Interconnected to every other smoke alarm;
  • Installed in each bedroom;
  • Installed in hallways serving bedrooms; and
  • Installed in the exit path of every storey not containing bedrooms.

Get In Contact with CLF services Today!!!

What Type of Smoke Alarms Does Your Home Have?

There are two types of smoke alarms; photoelectric and ionisation. Ionisation smoke alarms ‘feel’ smoke by detecting invisible particles of combustion, like when you burn your toast in the kitchen, and activate quickly for fast-flaming fires. Evidence suggests they are not as effective at detecting slow-smouldering fires, which are generally the fires that lead to deaths in homes. Photoelectric smoke alarms ‘see’ smoke by detecting visible particles of combustion and react more quickly to smouldering fires. They are more reliable and less likely to produce false alarm activations. When photoelectric alarms activate, the smoke is still at the top layer of the ceiling, above head height and this gives residents more time to evacuate safely. This additional warning time is critical in allowing the safe escape of all persons. For more information please contact CLF Services or go to https://www.qfes.qld.gov.au/community-safety/smokealarms/documents/New-Smoke-Alarm-Legislation.pdf