On 20 April 2018, Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Ministers agreed to further improve lighting energy efficiency regulation by phasing out inefficient halogen light bulbs in Australia and introducing minimum standards for LED light bulbs in Australia and New Zealand in line with European Union (EU) standards.
The phase out will remove remaining incandescent light bulbs and a range of halogen light bulbs from the Australian market, where an equivalent light bulb is available.
Compact fluorescent and LED light bulbs are better value for money than incandescent and halogen light bulbs. They use around 75 per cent less electricity to produce the same amount of light and last significantly longer before needing to be replaced.
This decision is expected to deliver around $1.4 billion in benefits to households and businesses, through savings on their electricity bills and reduced light bulb replacement costs.
The average household will be better off by around $650 over 10 years by changing halogen light bulbs to minimum standard LED light bulbs.
Timing of the new regulation will align with revised EU minimum standards that will apply to LED light bulbs (planned for September 2020). The details of the new EU regulation are expected to be final in 2018.
This decision was informed by advice from the Lighting Energy Efficiency Advisory Group, setup to operate in an advisory capacity to COAG Energy Council officials, who provide advice to COAG Energy Council Ministers on lighting policy.
The Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) Program will continue to seek stakeholder advice in implementing this important decision.