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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 2016, E3 released the Consultation Lighting Regulation Impact Statement (RIS). Consultation sessions are being held in February and the closing date for submissions is 24 February 2017 . See Consultations for more details.

This consultation RIS considers policy proposals to improve the energy efficiency of residential and commercial lighting in Australia and New Zealand

Four proposals (in various combinations) have been considered:

  • Introduce MEPS for LED lamps and integrated luminaires
  • Introduce MEPS for non-integrated commercial luminaires
  • Increase incandescent and halogen MEPS (Australia only) to remove the most inefficient lamps
  • Introduce mandatory labelling for lamp products primarily used in the residential sector

Following consultation, all submissions will be considered and will contribute to a decision as to whether work will proceed to the development of a decision RIS. Any decision RIS would be used to seek agreement for any proposed changes from the relevant New Zealand and Australian Commonwealth, state and territory Ministers participating in the E3 program.

Below is a list of reports commissioned to inform the RIS:

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. 

Read more

Man reading in a chair under a floor lamp

Lighting and health

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

Read more

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 13 Feb 2017 16:00 AAEDT
Ends 14 Mar 2017 17:00 AAEDT

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