Sydney's West Saves Energy

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Media release

23 November 2009

Sydney's west saves energy 

Free talk on what to buy and how to save with new energy-efficient lighting

when: 9.30am Thursday 3 December

where: Parramatta Leagues Club 

cost: free

bookings:,, phone 02 9744 1099 

Everyone is invited to spend just one hour to discover new ways to light up their lives while

saving time, money, energy…and perhaps even the planet!

Bans on the sale of old-fashioned pear-shaped light globes and low voltage tungsten

halogen lamps began on November 1.

Now new energy-efficient compact fluorescent lights and lower voltage halogens, offering a

choice of brightness and colours – but more expensive to buy - are widely available.

Find out what to buy and how to save at a free talk being held at 9.30am on Thursday 3

December at the Parramatta Leagues Club.

Organised by NECA, the National Electrical and Communications Association, and the

Lighting Council of Australia, Phase-out of Incandescent Lamps: what are the options? will

benefit consumers, strata and other property managers, electricians, builders, interior

designers as well as wholesalers and retailers.

"Nationally, lighting accounts for about 12 per cent of greenhouse emissions from

households and 25 per cent of emissions from the commercial sector," said NECA NSW

chief executive, Lindsay Le Compte.

"Traditional pear-shaped bulbs have been around for more than a century and are

notoriously inefficient. 

"About 90 per cent of the energy they use is converted into heat, not light.

"They can also burn up to 25 per cent of a household's energy bill.

"While new compact fluorescents, known as CFLs, are more expensive to buy, they use 50

to 80 per cent less energy than incandescent lights and can last up to 10 times longer.

"This can lead to big savings in costs, maintenance, and importantly also reduces

pollution," Mr Le Compte said. 

More than 80 other countries are now following Australia's lead in eliminating inefficient


Phase-out of Incandescent Lamps: what are the options? will be followed by a special

industry-only seminar on recent changes to compulsory wiring standards. 

Amendments to wiring rules for electricians is a 90 minute presentation explaining

compliance with recent amendments to AS/NZS 3000:2007.

It starts at 11.00am.

Bookings can be made online at or by email

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Lindsay Le Compte, CEO NECA NSW

p 02 9744 1099 / m 0447 773 332

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