Light switch off by 2020
HALOGEN lights will be banned by 2020, potentially saving families and small business hundreds of dollars a year in lower energy bills.
Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg confirmed that states and territory leaders had all but agreed to a timeline to phase out incandescent and halogen bulbs.
Australian leaders are expected to follow a similar timeline to the EU, which will ban the bulbs in September 2020, giving consumers and industry time to adapt.
The average household will save about $650 over the next decade while small businesses, such as hair salons, will save an estimated $3700 over 10 years.
The change will also have an environmental benefit by reducing energy usage for the entire grid and reducing emissions by up to 5.5 million tonnes by 2030.