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Video: Introducing the Lightbulb Saver App

A quick explainer on how to use the Lightbulb Saver App.


If you cannot see the video try viewing it on YouTube or download a transcript.

Overview

Buying a replacement light bulb used to be choosing screw or bayonet then selecting the right wattage – when more Watts meant a brighter light bulb – but nowadays that’s not the case.

Advances in technology means the energy efficient light bulbs available today – especially LEDs – use far less electricity than older types. This means a new bulb can produce the same amount of brightness (measured in lumens) as a traditional bulb using far less electricity (Watts). This means they cost you less to run – and are better for the environment. 

LEDs also last 5 to 10 times longer than traditional bulbs, meaning you save on replacement costs and less ends up in landfill.

Explore this section to learn the steps to buy a replacement light bulb – and how much you could save by making an energy efficient choice.

Note: if you're supplying or selling lighting products, head to our industry lighting pages.

Buying your next bulb – the steps

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Step 1: Choose the type of light bulb

Traditional, CFL, halogen or LED? Compare lighting technologies – choose the one that does the job and saves you money.

Choose a CFL or LED to save money on your electricity bills.

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Step 2: Choose the fitting

Screw or bayonet? Tube, downlight or bulb? Find a compatible light that suits the fitting and works with your wiring.

Take your old bulb to the shop to make sure you don’t buy the wrong one.

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Step 3: Choose the brightness

Learn how to choose a bulb that is bright enough, without using too much electricity.

Use the Watts to lumens conversion table to work this out.

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Step 4: Choose a colour temperature

Warm white or cool white? Learn how to choose a bulb with the right kind of white light for your room.

Generally warm white suits living areas and cooler in laundries and workspaces.

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Step 5: Consider the costs

Can a cheaper bulb be a costlier choice?

Yes, it can! Choose a quality LED to save the most money on electricity bills and replacement costs.

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Fast facts

10%

The percent of an average household’s electricity bill attributed to lighting

37

The average number of light bulbs in an Australian home

$102

How much the average household could save by replacing 18 halogens with LEDs - per year.

Download the app

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Download the app

The Light Bulb Saver app makes it easier to work out what kind of bulb to buy, while showing how much you could save by choosing a more efficient bulb. Download the free app now from iTunes or Google Play.

Information for suppliers and retailers

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Suppliers and retailers

If you’re looking for information about supplying lighting products to comply with the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) Act or the review of lighting energy efficiency policy in Australia and New Zealand, visit our industry lighting pages.

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