Building a Brighter Future

Our world is changing. Human industrial action is a main cause of global warming and human impacts are now global, irreversible, and inescapable. The climate change challenge is a global one, and is something in which everyone can partake.

In an effort to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions by 4 million tones by 2012, the Liberal Federal government announced in February 2007 that it would phase-out inefficient light globes. In Australia, lighting currently represents around 12% of greenhouse gas emissions from households and around 25% of emissions from the commercial sector.

From October 2009, standard incandescent light globes will no longer be available for sale. These inefficient light sources lose up to 90% of the energy used, mainly as heat. More efficient light globes, such as compact fluorescents, last up to 6 times as long as the standard incandescent light globe and use around 20% of the electricity to produce a similar amount of light. This leads not only to major savings in household energy costs, but also reduces carbon dioxide emissions and wastage

For example, replacing a 60W incandescent light globe with an 11W compact fluorescent light globe saves:

  • 279kg carbon dioxide
  • $29.40 in running costs (based on 6000 hours and $0.10/kWh)
  • 5 less light globes

Compact fluorescent light globes also have the added advantage of different colour appearances to more suitably enhance your décor. Choose warm white (WW) to create a warm atmosphere, similar to an incandescent light globe and cool daylight (CDL) to create a cooler atmosphere.

As one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable companies, Philips fully supports this government initiative and offers a complete range of compact fluorescent light globes to suit your lighting needs.

Make a simple switch to a more energy efficient light source today and see how this small change makes a big difference.

*Information supplied by Phillips