Phasing out of Incandescent and inefficient Light Bulbs
The Federal Government have indicated a strong commitment to phasing out the use of old incandescent lighting products, which is predicted to begin in late 2008 and completed by 2010.
With 12% of greenhouse gas emissions from households and around 25% of emissions from commercial lighting, it is recognised that this is an area where energy savings can be made with cost-effective and energy efficient alternatives. Compact Fluorescent lamps (CFLs) only use 20% of the electricity to produce the same amount of light. This produces significant benefits to both individuals and the environment.
How will the inefficient bulbs be phased out?
The lighting industry expects to see a gradual phasing out of inefficient light globes. You will be unable to buy new incandescent bulbs to replace your old ones, but you will not be required to remove working incandescent bulbs.
CFLs are available in the following colour light:
- 'warm white' (similar to the light from incandescent light bulbs) of about 2700 to 3000 degrees Kelvin
- 'white' of about 3500 degrees Kelvin
- 'cold white' of about 4000 degrees Kelvin
- 'neutral white' of about 5000 degrees Kelvin
- 'daylight' of about 6000 degrees Kelvin.
Lighting Tips to Save Energy
The following will help you to reduce your household lighting:
- Replace incandescent bulbs with CFLs where possible
- Turn off any lights when the room is unoccupied
- Consider using a timer and sensor for outdoor lighting
This information is provided by the Australian Government – Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.