There was an interesting release from Osram Australia this week.
I had heard rumours of it happening but nothing official. Today I checked the official banned imports list on the Australian Customs website but the halogens werent mentioned only the incandescent lamps
Perhaps they havent got the official law passed yet in the parliament.
In any case this will be an expensive problem for everyone with 12V MR16 downlight. There are tens of millions of these installed across Australia.
Lamp Ban Update – 50 Watt Tungsten Halogen Mirror Reflector Lamps are being phased out
The phase out is part of Australia’s switch to more energy efficient lighting. From April 2012, this included an import ban on 50 Watt extra low voltage 12 volt tungsten halogen multifaceted MR16 dichroic reflector lamps. The average measured wattage for these lamps is now required to be no more than 37 Watts. This means 35 Watt and other new technology lamps may be used.
Why are these lamps not energy efficient?
‘Low voltage’ does not mean low energy. In fact, they consume 50 lamp Watts plus the transformer losses, which are often overlooked because transformers are hidden from view in the ceiling or wall. We also use multiple lamps to illuminate a space.
Will the phase out compromise light quality?
No, the phase out does not have to mean compromising on light quality. The same light output is possible using lower wattage lamps thanks to improved technologies.
What are these lamps used for?
Many downlights and track lights in homes and shops incorporate tungsten halogen multifaceted reflector lamps. They are popular because of their compact size, directional beam, varied intensities and design potential. However, they can reach high temperatures and are expensive to run and replace. Some are of poor quality, have a short life and don’t light the space well.