Australia has committed to reducing greenhouse gas generation and energy consumption from lighting and the phasing out of incandescent globes as early as 2010.
Up to 90 per cent of the energy used in this type of lighting is generated as heat, not light, so they are massively inefficient.
Replacing these lights with fluorescent alternatives is the most cost-effective and energy efficient way to reduce power use.
So what makes these new bulbs a better alternative?
- Very Low Energy Consumption - You can save up to around 80 per cent on your electricity bill by replacing with fluorescent alternatives
- Very Long Operating life - Typical life of the CFL is between 10,000 and 12,000 hours. Incandescents have an average life of about 1000 hours. So replacing with one CFL would save you having to change 10 incandescent bulbs. So you not only save energy, but you save on the cost and inconvenience of having to change bulbs more frequently.
- Better colour reproduction - The spectrum that the fluorescent light puts out is closer to that of sunlight than other light sources. The Colour Rendering Index - or CRI - is around 83. Colours are more true and the light is easier on the eyes.
- Safe Operating Temperature - CFL lights operate around 50°C. Giving off significantly less heat this puts less load on air-conditioners and ensuring safer conditions around the light source. Incandescent bulbs can burn you while Halogen lights, which can operate between 500°C - 600°C.