A light way to save

August 2013

Lights play an important role to keep your family safe at home, and it’s easy to keep running costs down by choosing the right lights and using them efficiently.

Ausgrid’s energy efficiency expert Paul Myors said the average household spends up to $200 each year to run their lights, while decorative lighting can often add to this.

The first step to improve efficiency is to replace old incandescent light bulbs that are no longer for sale with more efficient options likes compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).

CFLs last up to 10 times longer, use 80% less energy than standard bulbs, and each CFL can save you about $15 per year on your household bills.

LEDs are the newest development in lighting, but can be expensive to buy. They’re as efficient as CFLs and the average household LED lamp can last up to 25 years.

Halogen downlights are very popular when designing or renovating a room, but often more are installed per room than traditional lights because they are designed to only create a direct beam of light.

Up to six downlights may be needed to light the same area as one standard light fitting. Infra-red coated (IRC) halogen lamps are efficient alternatives that use 30% less energy, last twice as long as standard halogen lamps, and look exactly the same.

However, even the most energy efficient lighting can be costly to run if not used efficiently.

About 26% of people leave lights on all evening in unoccupied rooms. The easiest way to save around $40 per year is to switch lights off in rooms that aren’t being used.

For more information check out our lighting brochure




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