Which Australian home decor bulbs are most likely to burn?
A study released last month by the Institute of Australia has found that while most people are happy to have a light in the bedroom, it is far from guaranteed that the bulb will burn, even if you use a safe bulb.
The study found that, for some types of light, there is a 90% chance of being “repetitive” and that “the majority of people are unable to tell the difference between safe and non-safe bulbs”.
“Some bulbs are likely to remain in the room for a long time because they are very durable, and other lights will simply burn out due to their high light-emitting power,” the study said.
“A safe bulb will not necessarily be a permanent fixture but will last for a period of time.”
The study also found that “some types of bulbs are less likely to need to be replaced” because they have a low risk of being affected by the heat from the light.
It said “the general consensus among consumers is that it’s best to replace a bulb if it fails in any way, even when it’s used for only a short time”.
But, the study found, “it is also worth considering the possibility of having a bulb that does not burn out but has a short life cycle.”
The institute recommends people avoid light bulbs that have been designed to be permanent, or that have “very high energy-dissipating capacities”.
It also advises against the use of any light bulbs “that are commonly available, cheap and are used in the home” because “this will result in high costs and low efficiency”.
A spokesman for the Victorian Government said the “safe bulb” policy would be reviewed “to ensure we are using a safe and effective bulb for light that meets all safety standards”.
“The Victorian Government has been in the forefront of research to reduce energy-loss from lighting and to help improve lighting safety,” he said.
“These efforts are being rolled out by the Victorian Department of Health, Victorian Department for the Environment, Victoria’s Productivity Commission and the Department of Primary Industries.”
The report also found there were a “number of common light bulbs” that were “less likely to be flame-retardant” than the safe bulbs.
The institute said the government had committed to working with manufacturers and retailers to find a “safer alternative”.
“The Government recognises that a number of Australian consumers prefer to have their home decor lighting be safe,” the spokesman said.
“We believe it is important that we take a responsible approach to ensuring that our homes are safe from heat-related illness and injury, and we will continue to work with the lighting industry to ensure that safe bulbs are available and available to all Australians.”
The Victorian Department said the report’s findings “demonstrate that there are many factors that go into determining the best choice of lighting for a particular room, including the size, shape and placement of lights, the amount of light they are designed to emit and their durability”.
“We will continue our efforts to educate and encourage consumers to choose the bulbs that are safe for their home,” the department said.