Energy Saving Tips

Nowadays, with power costs rising all the time, we’re more conscious than ever of saving energy – and money. Luckily, energy saving lighting has come a long way and it’s easier than ever to be stylish – and green! 


Beacon Lighting has developed an extensive range of low energy products including modern spotlights, downlights, pendants, fans and much more.


Use these tips and start saving today:

  • Replace any incandescent bulbs with CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) or LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes), especially where lights are on for long periods
  • Use the lowest wattage bulb required to meet the room’s lighting needs
  • Turn off all lights in unoccupied rooms
  • Turn outside lights off when you’re not using them
  • Consider using timers and sensors for indoor and outdoor lights
  • Regularly dust your low energy light bulbs and fittings
  • Make the most of natural light. Open curtains and blinds during daylight hours
  • When you’re installing lights, allocate one switch per light rather than turning on multiple lights with one switch
  • Use two-way switching in rooms with two exits to ensure lights can be easily turned off when leaving the room
  • Use table or floor lamps fitted with CFLs where most light is required so you don’t light unoccupied areas of the room
  • Choose light fittings that allow most of the light through so a lower wattage globe can be used. Some light fittings can block 50% or more of the lights, especially those with coloured glass or fabric


Low energy or energy saving lighting is about reducing the wattage used in a light fitting while maintaining similar light output. By using energy saving lighting you can generate huge savings on your electricity bills, and contribute towards building a better environment. 


Low energy lighting alternatives such as CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) and LED (Light Emitting Diodes) cost more to purchase, however the investment is outweighed by the fact that they use only 10-20% of the electricity consumed by a standard incandescent light globe. This produces significant savings on your power bills.


Furthermore, CFLs and LED’s will last from four to 30 years, as opposed to a standard globe that lasts about one year, saving you the inconvenience of having to regularly purchase and replace globes.


And most importantly, energy efficient globes reduce energy consumption and therefore help cut greenhouse gas emissions that are harmful to the environment.




Traditional incandescent globes have been phased out of production due to poor efficiency (excluding pilot globes 25 watts and below); these globes can be replaced with energy saving alternatives including LEDs, CFL, Halogen or Karbon. Here's some info on the benefits of each type of lighting:


LED (Light Emitting Diodes)

Most energy efficient, longest life, mix of dimmable and non-dimmable options, 3 year warranty. 
Choose if you are after the best quality, longest lasting, most energy efficient globes

LEDs are the latest in lighting technology. LEDs use approx. 80% less electricity than halogen globes, and are rated to last on average around 25,000 hours! They also operate at a much cooler temperature to any other globes. You now have the option to upgrade your traditional halogen downlights to LED and this can be done without the need for an electrician. LED globes are also available in warm white and cool white colours. 


CFLs (Compact Fluroescent Lighting)

Energy saving, long life, non-dimmable, no warranty. 
Choose if you are after a cost effective energy saving globe with a long life, that doesn't require dimming

CFLs are a modern, compact form of fluorescent lighting. They are around 75% more efficient than halogen globes. They have a long life span averaging 8,000-15,000 hours. CFLs are available in many different shapes, bases and wattages. They require a lower wattage for a similar light output as a halogen globe. They are also available in different colours, from warm white like incandescent to cool white like natural daylight.



Less energy efficient, shorter lifespan, dimmable, no warranty.

Halogen globes are less energy efficient than LED and CFL globes. They produce a crisp, clear light and their average life span is 2,000 hours. There is a large range of shapes, bases and wattages to fill the void of the incandescent globes.  Halogen globes use 240 volts or 12 volts with the addition of a transformer.  Halogen globes are also dimmable.



Decorative filament, yellow / candle-like colour, not energy efficient, not as bright (max 25 watts), dimmable,
no warranty. 
Choose if you have a pendant or lamp with an exposed globe and you are after that warm 
designer look.


Incandescent globes

Old globe technology, least efficient globe on the market, short life. Most sales of traditional incandescent 
globes have now been banned by the federal government due to their poor efficiency. Some incandescent 
globes are still available (pilot globes 25 watts and below) but will only be around until a suitable energy 
efficient equivalent replacement is available.

Once the most common choice, the traditional incandescent globe, as designed by Thomas Edison, is now considered to be the least efficient globe on the market. Incandescent globes have a relatively short life, only lasting about 750-1000 hours in normal use. Due to the poor efficiency the federal government enacted a law and, by legislating efficiency standards, banned most sales of incandescent globes and implemented a structure to eventually phase out all poor performing incandescent products. Some incandescent globes are still available (pilot globes 25 watts and below) but will only be around until a suitable energy efficient equivalent replacement is available.



What's the difference? See how Energy Saving & LED's compare to Ordinary Globes

You’ll need to check your light fitting to find the MAX wattage that the fitting takes, and use our table below for the globe conversions.  Never exceed the maximum recommended wattage. A bulb with too high a wattage can produce excess heat that can create a fire hazard or damage the fixture.


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