The light at the end of the tunnel is made with LEDs - Planet Ark Environmental Foundation

The light at the end of the tunnel is made with LEDs

By Marty Middlebrook  June 20th, 2018

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.

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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. 

Positive actions

  • Find recycling options for your old light globes on RecyclingNearYou
  • Be sure your workplace recycles them too, using the info at Business Recycling and Fluorocycle

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    By Marty Middlebrook

    Marty started with Planet Ark in 2012 and is currently Head of Operations. "I grew up playing outside. I love that Planet Ark not only champions time in nature, but that it also demonstrates the actual benefits and positive effects for people – and how fun it is!"

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