Choosing the right energy efficient bulb

There are many different types of energy efficient light bulbs to choose from. Watch the video and read the info below to find out which bulbs to use where.

 

Video - How to choose energy efficient lights

Light emitting diodes (LEDs)

  • Up to 80% more efficient than standard incandescent light bulbs and can last more than 15 times longer.
  • Best for general lighting where lights are often left on.
  • Choose the right ‘colour’ for the area you are going to light. A ’warm white’ colour will be suitable for lounges, hallways and bedrooms and a ‘cool white’ colour will be suitable for laundries, bathrooms and offices.

 Light emitting diodes (LEDs)

Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs)

  • Up to 80% more efficient than standard incandescent light bulbs, and last 6 to 10 times longer.
  • Suitable for all kinds of general use, especially areas where the lights are often left on, like hallways and living rooms.

 Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs)

New generation halogen globes

  • Up to 30% more efficient than standard incandescent light bulbs, and last 2 times longer.
  • Best for areas where you need instant light and where lights are likely to be switched on and off frequently, like pantries.

 New generation halogen globes

Infrared coated (IRC) halogen spotlights

  • Up to 30% more efficient than standard halogen spotlights, and last 2 times longer.
  • Best for anywhere you would normally use a standard halogen spotlight, especially outdoors.

 IRC halogen spotlights

Linear fluorescent tubes

  • Up to 80% more efficient than standard incandescent light bulbs.
  • Best for hidden task and feature lighting. Small diameter versions are particularly suitable for under-cupboard task lighting in the kitchen.

 Linear fluorescent tubes