Australia Light Bulbs







Australia Light Bulbs



Light Bulbs in Australia

Energy and emission problems are not unique to Australia. All across the globe, countries have been struggling so hard to counter depleting energy sources and apparent climate change due to continuous emission of greenhouse gases.

The Australian government acknowledges the fact that its energy reserves are somehow declining.


Official figures reveal that about 565 million tons of unnecessary greenhouse gases were produced in the country alone in 2004.

Apparently, the Australian government is a global warming convert. In its own way, the country has started a small measure to save more energy and reduce emissions---scrapping old-style incandescent light bulbs.



Initial proposals for the total ban of incandescent light bulbs in Australia were set in February 2007. The proposed move earned instant support and agreement from all sectors. However, there are some setbacks.

Australia Light Bulbs

To consumers, replacing incandescent bulbs with fluorescent light bulbs could mean sacrifice as the latter are much more expensive than the ordinary incandescent bulbs, which had become conventional and very common worldwide especially in the 20th century. The redeeming factor is that there are far more benefits of using fluorescent light bulbs. First of all, the use of fluorescent light bulbs could significantly lower the country’s overall greenhouse emissions by up to 4 million tons by the year 2012. It has also been proven that using such bulbs could effectively trim household electricity bills by as much as 66%. Taken collectively, consumption of electricity nationwide could drastically be lowered, contributing much to the nation’s energy saving initiatives.


Incandescent light bulbs were perfected through time to give off good electric lights to households. The bulbs were invented by the great Thomas Edison in the later part of the 1800s. However, there is a particular design flaw in incandescent lights that make them consume more electricity.

The energy coming from live electric sources flows through a thin filament in the interior of each incandescent bulb. The thin filament is a conductor and therefore absorbs much more energy, which is then converted into unnecessary heat energy. Incandescent bulbs are good for incubation, but they could be wasting so much electricity.

On the contrary, fluorescent light bulbs, which were invented in the 20th century, successfully overcome the need for internal filaments that turn much electricity into heat rather than into light.

Aside from the fact that fluorescent bulbs use as low as 20% energy compared to consumption of incandescent light bulbs, they also last much longer.

Thus, in the long term, fluorescent bulbs get more practical, though such bulbs are having much higher price tags than the traditional incandescent ones.
In terms of tag prices, incandescent products could be four times lower than prices of fluorescents.

Australian Light Bulbs

Through the scrapping of incandescent bulbs, Australia contributes to reduction of greenhouse emissions. However, the country is still far from fully supporting the Kyoto protocol regarding greenhouse gas reductions.

Analysts note that Australia might lose billions of revenue from its coal production if the Kyoto protocol would be ratified. At least, for now, incandescent is the country’s small contribution to the noble initiative.



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