In a great show of industry recognising that environmental benefits often go hand in hand with economic, manufacturers are predicting most Australians will be using LEDs by 2020.
According to the Lighting Council of Australia, Halogen lights will disappear from Australian retail stores in the next 12-24 months as the world moves to LED lights.
“Halogen lamps use between three and five times as much electricity as new generation LED technology. As an industry committed to strong environmental outcomes, we’re pleased to play a major role in taking pressure off household and business budgets.”
State governments have also signalled their support for LEDs at the recent COAG meeting where ministers agreed to further improve lighting energy efficiency regulation by phasing out inefficient halogen light bulbs and introducing minimum standards for LED light bulbs in line with European Union standards.
There are currently options for recycling halogen globes, however LED recycling is more complicated, let’s hope the globes last long enough for an LED scheme to be launched nationwide – watch this space.
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