Lighting regulations

Lighting, just like all electrical work, is heavily regulated in Australia because of the dangers it poses. Under no circumstances is DIY electric work a good idea, and work done in your home should always be carried out by a licensed tradesperson or technician.

That being said, being aware of what's expected of your electrician and what's happening in the industry and regulatory circles can be very handy when planning or building your home. Did you know that incandescent light bulbs are being phased out? Did you know that you can recycle light bulbs that contain mercury? Do you know how much power you’re allowed to consume on lighting per square metre in your home?

Knowing the answers to these questions can ensure that the lighting system in your home is compliant, safe and appropriate for your needs.

MEPS and LCA labels

Find out what those labels and symbols on light globes actually mean, and how to interpret them to your advantage.

Daylight through a window

Daylighting requirements

The number of windows in your home and where you put them is restricted by rules designed to ensure a minimum amount of daylight in each part of a home. Find out how this is likely to affect your design.

Phase out of incandescent light globes

Phase out of incandescent light globes

The difference between an efficient light globe and an inefficient one is amazing. To prevent unnecessary waste, inefficient incandescent GLS globes are being phased out in Australia.

BCA lighting restrictions

Regulations exist in Australia to determine how much electricity you're allowed to use for lighting in your home, based on floor areas. Find out what's allowed and how to make the most of it.