Upgrade fluorescent tube lighting
Standard fluorescent tubes known as T8 tubes are less efficient than models such as T5 fluorescent tubes (a thinner tube that produces comparable light, and uses approximately 25% less electricity) and Quad phosphor T8 models (which produce more light, allowing businesses to operate with fewer lights, usually when aided by a light reflector).
Replacing T8 tubes can save up to 25% of energy, or produce more light and/or allow the de-lamping of unneeded tubes.
Replace T8 fluorescent tubes with efficient T5 fluorescent tubes or Quad Phosphor T8 models (and de-lamp: See de-lamping hint and tip).
NB: T5 tubes require an adapter when being used with existing T8 fluorescent tube fittings. An electrician should be consulted if upgrading to a T5 adaptor .
How we calculate this
On average each Victorian small to medium business emit 68,300 kg CO2-e from electricity each year. Of this total 26.5% is attributed to lighting. It is assumed that approximately 75% of lighting is fluorescent. Upgrading from T8 tubes to T5 tubes can save 25% of emissions created by lighting. (68,300kg X 0.265 X 0.75 X 0.25 = 3393.9 kg)
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