Lighting industry welcomes phasing out of inefficient lamps

Tuesday, 10 June, 2008

Lighting Council Australia, the leading voice for the nation’s lighting industry, has welcomed the announcement by the government to proceed with the phasing out of inefficient lamps.

“Lighting represents low-hanging fruit when it comes to improving energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gases,” said Bryan Douglas, Lighting Council Australia’s CEO.

Incandescent lamps consume up to five times more electricity than their main replacement technology, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). CFLs last up to 15,000 hours, whereas an incandescent bulb has an operational life of around 1000 hours.

“Several countries have followed Australia’s lead and announced they will phase out inefficient incandescent lamp technologies, with many more expected to do so over coming months. Clearly this is now a world trend.”

It is estimated that phasing out incandescent lamps in Australia will eventually save four million tonnes of greenhouse gases a year, or the equivalent of taking one million cars off the road.


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