Household lighting energy use in Australia has been rapidly increasing in recent years due to the construction of larger homes and the installation of more light fittings per home.
According to YourHome.gov.au, most homes could reduce the amount of energy they use for lighting by 50 per cent or more by making smarter lighting choices and moving to more efficient technologies.
The most commonly used of all lighting systems, incandescent lighting
are inexpensive, however provide high running costs. This type of lighting are being phased out in stages due to its energy inefficiency. The Australian Government estimates that by 2020, Australians will save around $380 million each year by using more energy efficient lighting.
However, for those who are still looking for incandescent bulbs or lamps for projects, Online Lighting
offers a wide range of exterior lights and interior lights, from simple to decorative lighting products. Its incandescent lighting range includes street lights, bollard light kit and pendant lighting.
also provide a range of stylish ceiling lighting, pendant lighting and cube-shaped light boxes.
According to the NSW Government Environment & Heritage
, compact fluorescent lamps
are the most energy efficient forms of lighting, but also one of the most expensive to buy. Designed to last up to 16,000 hours, compact fluorescent light bulbs are designed to fit into conventional light sockets, making it ideal for living rooms or kitchen areas.
Last year, Kennards Hire
introduced CFLs to their range of work lighting equipment for hire. The lamps can be fixed either horizontally or vertically and suitable for indoor and outdoor applications.
Lighting manufacturer and supplier of quality lighting solutions, Colonial Lighting
, offers a range of interior downlights, recessed downlights and surface mount lighting that use CFLs.
Tubular fluorescent lamps
or fluorescent tubes are available in straight or circular style that require special fittings. According to LivingGreener.gov.au, this type of lighting are cheaper to buy than CFLs and are typically used in kitchens, garages and workshops. Although energy efficient, tube lights are more expensive to buy but cheaper to run, lasting up to 16,000 hours.
Although not suitable for general lighting applications, halogen lights or globes
are often mistaken as energy efficient due to its low voltage specifications. The least energy efficient ones will be phased out over the next few years. According to LivingGreener.gov.au, halogens use between 4 to 20 times as much energy as the CFLs and require special wiring. These lights are best suited for highlighting features such as a painting on a wall.
offers a range of powerful, dimmable, Xenon halogen lamps which have an average life of around 10,000 hours. Halogen candle lamps, double ended lamps, reflector lamps, mushroom lamps and other decorative lamps are also available.
Solar powered lighting
can be useful when lighting is required at a great distance from electrical circuits such as driveways, gardens, garden path or carpark. An energy efficient lighting solution, solar lights produce electricity using a solar panel during the day and store it in a battery for use at night. Solar lighting provide up to eight hours of lighting if installed in a sunny location.
Orion Solar Pty Ltd
introduced the EverGen solar LED area lighting from Carmanah Technologies. These fully solar powered lights are mounted on a pole and feature motion sensors.
Sunlight is perhaps the most inexpensive method of lighting a home or building during the day. It helps reduce carbon emissions and reduce electricity costs in the long term. Daylighting systems
such as Solatube Australia
's BrightenUp® Series brings natural light to any room and transforms dark rooms into extraordinary spaces. Energy Star rated, these daylighting systems effectively diffuse light into the building interior. These can be used in any project without any hassles and all products have been approved by all major building product approval agencies.
Switching to energy-efficient lighting is one of the easiest and most cost effective things you can do to halve your household lighting costs and reduce energy consumption.