Current lighting technologies could be phased out in favour of LEDs.

The Lighting Council Australia has published a consumer guide to assist in the selection of high-quality and safe LED lights.

The LED Buyers Guide explains issues like safety, brightness, efficiency, colour, compatibility, lifetime and installation.

There’s also cost comparison charts regarding average annual operating costs of LEDs compared to the incandescent and compact fluorescent lights.

Lighting Council Australia chief executive Bryan Douglas said switching to LEDs was one of the fastest and easiest ways to cut energy bills.

“By replacing the five most common incandescent or halogen lamps, households can save around $70 – $90 per year,” he said.

“Asking retailers some important questions and looking for key information on packaging will improve the purchasing experience.”

While LED technology has developed rapidly and become more mainstream, Mr Douglas said there were many sub-standard LEDs in the Australian market.

“Sadly there are also many sub-standard suppliers peddling LED wares – particularly on the internet – who know little and care less about Australia’s regulatory environment for lighting products,” he said.

“There are also many products in the market which fail to meet the performance claims of their suppliers and in these cases we encourage consumers to approach the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.”

Download LED Buyers Guide.

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