The iconic Melbourne Mail Exchange Building was built in 1917 and has an incredible history, being used mainly by the Post Master’s General Department. In 2010, the brand-new Mail Exchange Hotel was opened following extensive restoration. It features a 200 seat bistro, a central bar, informal lounge area, TAB facilities and an atrium with internal courtyard.

When Shine On was selected to upgrade the lighting in the building to LED we assessed all communal areas within the Mail Exchange building and surrounding carpark. The aim was to reduce the energy consumption of the establishment, while retaining the warm ambience and atmosphere of the building and its heritage features.

Using a combination of LED tubes and recessed downlights, we were able to improve the lighting quality in the hotel while managing to preserve it’s character. Pleasingly, the hotel’s annual lighting energy consumption was reduced by an extraordinary 74% and all within a fast 12 month payback period. This impressive retrofit will result in five year energy cost savings for the hotel of over $98,000.


Shine On demonstrated a high standard of professionalism in assessing and reporting on the opportunities to reduce energy costs through alternative energy efficient lighting. ” Terry Nash, Operations Director, Robertson Group