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Lighting

Overview

Lighting accounts for around 12% of electricity usage in households, and 18–40% of electricity usage in commercial premises.

The good news is that we can achieve significant energy savings (and reductions on our electricity bills) by replacing inefficient lights with efficient CFL or LED alternatives – these are becoming more affordable and have the benefit of a significantly longer product life in comparison to traditional incandescent lamps.

The E3 Program is working with industry to improve the efficiency and quality of lighting solutions on the Australian and New Zealand market for the benefit of all Australians and New Zealanders.

In November 2014, E3 released an Incandescent, Halogen and Compact Fluorescent Lamps Product Profile. In August and September 2015, Commercial Lighting and LED Product Profiles were released. The reports examined the state of the market, scope for energy efficiency and technological improvements and proposed a number of policy options for lighting technologies.

In conjunction with release of the reports, E3 undertook industry consultation sessions across Australia and New Zealand to discuss the proposed policy options and to seek information on a range of technical and data issues. E3 is having further discussions with industry to inform drafting of a Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement.

It is projected that a full transition to efficient lighting could reduce residential lighting energy use in Australia by a further 65%, which would save households approximately $180 per year.

At a glance...

 

MEPS

Energy
Rating
Label

Australia

New Zealand

Ballasts for Fluorescent Lamps

Yes

Other*

GEMS Determination

Requirements

Compact Fluorescent Lamps

Yes

Other*

GEMS Determination

Requirements

Incandescent Lamps

Yes
(Australia only)

Other*

GEMS Determination

-

Light Emitting Diodes

No

No

Under consideration

Under consideration

Linear FluorescentLamps

Yes

No

GEMS Determination

Requirements

Street and Public Lighting

Yes
Voluntary

No

-

-

Transformers & Converters for Halogens

Yes

Other*

GEMS Determination

Under consideration

* Whilst no Energy Rating Label is required, GEMS labelling requirements do apply. For more information see the relevant GEMS  determination.

Lighting retailers

Specialist lighting retailer training

Lighting retail stores are well positioned to assist customers to make lighting choices that result in more efficient energy use and good light quality for their homes.

The specialist lighting retailer training package consists of a retailer guide and suite of residential case studies designed to help retailers support their customers to choose efficient lighting solutions that meet their needs.

Specialist lighting retailer training

Lighting installers

Training Guide: The Basics of Efficient Lighting

The Basics of Efficient Lighting reference manual is a joint initiative of the E3 Program and the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA).

The manual introduces the basic concepts of light and lighting, and explores the key requirements of a lighting system and what standards need to be met. It also explains what is meant by sustainability and energy efficiency and how good lighting design can contribute to these.

Basics of Efficient Lighting

Hands changing an incandescent lamp to a CFL

The Phase Out

It is estimated that the phase out of incandescent light bulbs is saving the average household 300 kWh and $75 per annum. 

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Lighting and health

What are the health implications to be considered when lighting your space?

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Light globe conversion table

The light globe conversion table compares the light output of equivalent traditional incandescent light bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), mains voltage halogen lamps and light emitting diodes (LEDs).

LED Light
Output
(Lumens)

Power
(Watts)

 

Old style
incandescent

Mains voltage
halogen

CFL

LED


250

25

18

4-6

3-4


500

40

28

7-9

5-8


800

60

42

11-14

8-12


1100

75

52

14-17

11-17


1500

100

70

19-23

15-23

Registrations

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Search the registration database

Use the registration database to view and compare all products that are registered under the GEMS Act.

Registration Database

Consultation

Latest consultation:

Started 24 Nov 2016 17:00 AAEDT
Ends 24 Feb 2017 16:00 AAEDT

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