Australia - MEPS - Compact fluorescent lamps

Last updated: 5 November 2017
On 20 April 2018, Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Ministers agreed to further improve lighting energy efficiency regulation by phasing out inefficient halogen lamps in Australia and introducing minimum standards for LED lamps in Australia and New Zealand in line with European Union (EU) standards.


The phase out will remove remaining incandescent light bulbs and a range of halogen light bulbs from the Australian market, where an equivalent LED light bulb is available.


Timing of the new regulation will align with revised EU minimum standards that will apply to LED light bulbs (planned for September 2021). The details of the new EU regulation are expected to be final in 2019.


This decision is expected to deliver around $1 billion in benefits to households and businesses, through savings on their electricity bills and reduced light bulb replacement costs.


This decision was informed by advice from the Lighting Energy Efficiency Advisory Group, setup to operate in an advisory capacity to COAG Energy Council officials, who provide advice to COAG Energy Council Ministers on lighting policy.

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