25 Nov 2014 AEDT
13 Feb 2015 AEDT

Incandescent, Halogen and Compact Fluorescent Lamps Product Profile


In conjunction with release of the report, the department 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. The Department is having further discussions with industry to inform drafting of a Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement.

The Issue

Lighting in Australia and New Zealand is a major contributor to energy use and cost in the residential sector, at around 1000–1100 kilowatt-hours per year. In both countries, more than 75% of residential lighting energy consumption is estimated to come from incandescent and halogen lamps.

Minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) have been a key mechanism to drive performance improvements for lighting products manufactured in or imported into Australia and New Zealand. The MEPS program was implemented in a staged fashion, commencing with an Australian import restriction on tungsten filament incandescent lamps used for general lighting service (GLS) lamps on 1 February 2009. In November 2009 GLS tungsten filament and extra-low voltage (ELV) halogen non-reflector lamps were subject to the more traditional “point of sale” MEPS in Australia. The scope of MEPS for incandescent and halogen lamps was then broadened regularly until October 2012. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) have been subject to MEPS in Australia since November 2009, and in New Zealand from October 2012.

Since 2007 a significant body of knowledge has been accumulated about the MEPS program, and many other countries have adopted regulations which emulate the Australian inefficient incandescent lamp phase out. The global lighting market has also changed considerably, particularly with the introduction of light emitting diode (LED) lighting (the subject of a separate Product Profile to be released in early 2015). Note: commercial lighting products (including linear fluorescent lamps and ballasts currently subject to MEPS) will also be the subject of a separate Product Profile to be released in early 2015.

Taking into account all these factors, it is considered timely to review the MEPS program for incandescent, halogen and compact fluorescent lamps and discuss a number of policy options for the future direction of the program. It is projected that a revised MEPS for incandescent, halogen and compact fluorescent lamps, by further shifting the market from incandescent lamps to efficient lighting such as CFLs and LEDs, could help reduce residential lighting energy use by approximately 65%.

In light of the importance of residential lighting and the issues identified in the Product Profile, the E3 Committee is seeking views and dialogue with consumers, industry and other stakeholders to assist in addressing information gaps to ensure that any further regulatory proposals and cost-benefit modelling facilitates informed decision-making. Feedback is sought on the information presented in the Product Profile including current and projected sales and stock of residential lighting in Australia and New Zealand, availability of effective and efficient alternatives to selected lighting products, as well as the possible options for governments to drive improvements to energy productivity. Final policy options would be subject to detailed investigation through a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS).

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Have your Say

Making a written submission

Written submissions should state ‘Incandescent, Halogen and Compact Fluorescent Lamps Product Profile’ in the subject heading and should be emailed to:

The closing date for submissions is 5.00 pm AEDT on 13 February 2015.

Public Consultation sessions

To help inform feedback, public consultation sessions will be held in the following New Zealand and Australian cities. These sessions will provide an overview of the Product Profile, its findings, policy options and identified areas where additional data would be useful.

Dates and venues for meetings are as follows.





4 December 2014


Level 4, Guildford House 2 Emily Place

10.30AM to 12.00PM

4 December 2014

Wellington (via video conference to Auckland)

Level 8, 44 The Terrace

10.30AM to 12.00PM

9 December 2014


AusIndustry Level 5, 341 George Street (entry via Wynyard Street)

9.30AM to 12.30PM


Registering your attendance at a consultation session

To register your interest in attending a consultation session, please email regs@eeca.govt.nz for the New Zealand sessions by 1 December 2014, or EER-Lighting@industry.gov.au for the Sydney sessions by 4 December 2014.

Please note the number of attendees and the location/time of the meeting you wish to attend, and state ‘Incandescent, Halogen and Compact Fluorescent Lamps Product Profile’ in the subject heading.

An alternate afternoon briefing may be organised in Sydney if attendance numbers exceed capacity.