New Zealanders make the switch to energy efficient LEDs

There’s been a big jump in the number of New Zealanders switching to energy efficient LED lighting, according to a survey commissioned by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).

Five hundred people were questioned about lighting in their homes and 50% of those surveyed have installed LEDs in their homes - compared to 18% three years ago.

Efficient Products Manager Eddie Thompson says people converting to LEDs reported their power bills were lower, the bulbs lasted longer and were brighter than CFLs.

“LEDs are great because they use up to 85% less electricity than traditional incandescent light bulbs and can last more than 15 times longer.”

Mr Thompson says 28% of those surveyed said they intended to stop using incandescent lightbulbs completely.

However, the cost of LEDs is a major factor for people continuing to buy incandescent bulbs, Mr Thompson says. He recommends people on a budget look out for specials.

“I have seen three LED bulbs from a reputable brand available for less than $10.00.”

He also suggests people can get the most bang for their buck by installing LED bulbs in rooms they use the most.

Renters can also take advantage of the technology, Mr Thompson says.

“Renters can think about LEDs as an appliance – installing LEDs and removing them when they move. However it’s important to store and replace the old incandescent bulbs when tenants leave the rental.”

Mr Thompson also recommends everyone keeps receipts for LEDs and contacts the manufacturer or retailer if the bulbs are defective.

Media enquiries:

Penny St John, Senior Communication Adviser, EECA

Phone: 027 687 3123

Email: penny.stjohn@eeca.govt.nz