Now that inefficient types of incandescent bulbs are being phased out most people have switched to Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL). That’s great because:

  • CFLs last up to 8 times longer than incandescent lights.
  • CFLs can save $30 to $70 over the life of a bulb.
  • New generation CFLs provide excellent light when used in almost any light fitting around the home, including downlights.
  • The new CFLs are flicker free, provide good brightness on start up and maximum brightness after 1 minute.

Are there alternatives to CFLs?

Halogen light bulbs are a type of incandescent bulb that can be sold for residential use if Minimum Efficiency Performance Standards are met. Many different models are on the market

Mains Voltage Halogen (MVH) bulbs are similar in appearance to traditional incandescent light bulbs and are suitable alternatives for light fixtures that require functions such as dimming and touch or sensor control. However, they are not as efficient as compact fluorescent lamps.

Low Voltage halogen lamps are also less efficient than CFLs, and lamp life is 2-5 times shorter.

It’s OK to use halogen light sparingly where bright task-lighting or accenting is required, but consider using CFLs or Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting instead.

Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) have come of age. They are very efficient and last for up to 6 years of continuous running time. LED bulbs cost from $20 - $30 to buy.

Lighting tips

  • Turn off lights when they’re not in use.
  • Use task lighting rather than flooding an entire room with light.
  • Use motion sensors for outdoor lights.
  • Use timers if motion sensors are too expensive.
  • Clean light bulbs and fixtures regularly.
  • Use light coloured wall and ceiling paints inside your home.

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