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Lighting Council Australia welcomes Governments announcement to phase out incandescent lamps

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Lighting Council Australia welcomes Governments announcement to phase out incandescent lamps

March 2007

Australia’s peak body for the lighting industry welcomed the announcement to phase-out inefficient incandescent lamps.

Lighting Council Australia looks forward to working closely with the Australian Government during the phase-in period lasting to 2009-2010.

Incandescent lamps consume up to five times more electricity than compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). CFLs last up to 15,000 hours, whereas an incandescent bulb has an operational life of around 1,000 hours. It has been estimated that phasing-out incandescent lamps in Australia will eventually save four million tonnes of greenhouse gases a year, or the equivalent of taking one million cars off the road.

“While there are compelling reasons to embrace CFLs, there are technical issues which need to be resolved in the phase-in period before incandescent lamps are banned," Lighting Council’s Chairman, Russell Loane, said. These issues include dimming CFLs, adapting CFLs to some light fittings and determining appropriate exemptions.

“These technical matters mean that it will be important for the Government to work closely with industry during the phase-in period”, Mr Loane said.

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