In 2007 the Australian Government announced that it would be progressively banning incandescent light bulbs. As a result, the uptake of energy efficient lighting such as fluorescent lighting and light emitting diode (LED) technology has been on the increase. We speak to lighting expert, Andrew Cronk from Martin Lighting and Electrical to find out more on how households can reduce their environmental foot print at the same time as reducing their energy bill! The Building Code of Australia have just introduced new lighting restrictions which affect the lighting allowed per square metre in people’s houses in terms of energy consumption. How will this affect new builds of homes and apartments?  This means that the government are trying to encourage people towards using energy efficient products such as LED lighting and fluorescent lighting. Incandescent and halogen  lights have now become a thing of the past  as the the light you get for energy consumed is not efficient and no longer practical. So are there any other lighting solutions that are available to the average household to help reduce energy consumption?  The easiest solution is to swap out older incandescent globes for energy efficient globes. Alternatively, you can install install dimmers for your incandescent lights. By dimming your lights by just 10% you can reduce the power consumed by that light by 90%. Do you have any light planning tips for people building a house? For example, are there certain lights that are more suited to a kitchen area versus a living area?  LED, LED, LED!!! LED lighting has come along in leaps & bounds since first hitting the market and in a new house I can not recommend this solution enough. BUT buyer beware. Just like any product there are some cheap & nasty products in the market place along with the Rolls Royce versions. It’s about choosing what is right for you in your circumstances. There are some really great middle of the road products out there. When it comes to picking which lights to have in which rooms, the main thing to consider is the light colour. For example in kitchens / bathrooms you would have a bright daylight colour because it’s a working area. For bedrooms and living areas, you would use a softer, warmer white which can add a certain ambience to how a room feels. Are there any new whizzbang lighting products out there that you think our readers might like to know about?  Compact Lamps Australia (CLA) have just launched a LED down light that is turning a lot of heads. It’s 10w, has a 30,000 hour life (approximately 20 years),  punches out 800 lumen (very bright) and you NEVER have to change a light globe. It is very cost effective compared to rival products and also has a very clean neat finish.