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Report: Analysis of Potential for Minimum Energy Performance Standards for Lamps


Report: Analysis of Potential for Minimum Energy Performance Standards for Lamps

Category: Lighting

Date: 03/03/2001

This report has been commissioned by the Australian Greenhouse Office as part of the National Appliance and Equipment Energy Efficiency Program (NAEEEP). Its purpose is to explore the potential for energy and greenhouse savings through the introduction in Australia of Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for electric lamps.This report describes the major types of electric lamp currently used in Australia and their characteristics. Technologies covered by the report include: Incandescent lamps, including tungsten filament and tungsten halogen types; Fluorescent types - linear (double ended) and compact (single-ended); and High Intensity Discharge (HID) types, including metal halide, high and low pressure sodium, mercury discharge and others.The report examines the current market for these technologies and identifies developments that may have a significant influence on energy consumption and greenhouse emissions from lighting.It describes existing energy standards applying to lamps in Australia, and those in force overseas, together with relevant test methodologies. Significant programs other than regulation, such as labelling, are also identified. Based on these findings, the report makes recommendations for Australian minimum energy performance standards for fluorescent lamps. It also proposes that labelling for standard incandescent lamps, incandescent reflector lamps and luminaires; and an information program on lighting design should be considered.