Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Are these bulbs those ugly curly, whirly bulbs that stick out of our light fittings?

A. No! The Marexim Safety Energy Saver® bulbs look the same as normal light bulbs and are even the same familiar size and shape as normal light bulbs. The Marexim bulbs have a protective shell around the inner workings which make them much safer and more robust than the ones with exposed fragile tubes.

Q. Do they Contain any Liquid Mercury as some Power Saver Light Bulbs do?

A. Marexim Safety Bulbs® DO NOT contain "Liquid Mercury". They are manufactured to meet stringent European RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) Compliance standards. RoHS is a rigorous European directive which restricts the use of harmful substances such as liquid mercury and lead (that are often present in other energy saving bulbs). Marexim bulbs meet and surpass these safety standards and contain the smallest possible amount of Mercury locked inside a solid state amalgam.

Q. Will the bulbs come on immediately, and will they have to "warm up" to brightness like the older type energy saving bulbs do?

A. Marexim Safety Energy Saver® bulbs will illuminate within the first second of switching on. They will then illuminate at around 25% brightness, before reaching their full light output. This may take a few minutes depending on ambient temperature. This "soft start" process enables the bulb to reach and pass its average life of 10,000 hours (up to 15 times longer than a normal bulb). This warm up period is also needed, as the Marexim Safety Energy Saver® bulbs do not contain Liquid Mercury.

Q. What is the colour of the light emitted from Marexim CFL bulbs? Are they the normal yellowish tone or are they the real white/blue colour?

A. The Marexim Safety Energy Saver® bulbs emit light of the normal yellowish colour- this is called ‘Warm White’. This is the same colour as what we are all used to with the standard household bulbs.

Q. Where can I buy these Marexim Safety bulbs from?

A. The special Marexim Safety Energy Saver® bulbs are available through The Energy Smart Schools Trust fundraising programme. You may purchase the "Smart Pack" of 6 bulbs through participating schools as part of the fundraiser initiative. For an investment of just $40 (for a pack of six), $5 from each smart pack goes to your nominated school. Remember: A six pack of bulbs will save you $1100 of the life of the bulbs!

(Please note that the price of these lamps when offered through other outlets will be higher than the initial price that the schools will be offering them for as the trust is selling these at substantially subsidised value to the schools. A great opportunity for your local school to take advantage of this special technology release!).

Q. Do these bulbs come with Bayonet bases or are they just screw type?

A. Marexim Safety Energy Saver® bulbs come with both Bayonet and Edison Screw bases and are therefore able to be fitted to virtually all New Zealand light fittings. They are direct replacements for ordinary incandescent light bulbs but use up to 80% less power and last 10-15 times longer.

Please note: ‘Candle’ shaped models in Small Bayonet & Small Edison Screw bases are also available.

Q. What sort of guarantee do the Marexim bulbs come with?

Marexim Safety Energy Saver® bulbs come with a very reassuring 12 month warrantee. In the instance that a Lamp or Light Bulb has failed prematurely (i.e. within 12 months of purchase), the purchaser will have the following 2 options:

  • Option 1:
    Following the purchase of a further "Smart Pack" of six new generation Marexim Energy Saver Safety Bulbs, a replacement bulb will be sent FREE of charge.
  • Option 2:
    Receive a refund of $6 per bulb. Arrangements for refunds will be made at the discretion of the Trust.
Q. Can I purchase the bulbs in advance?

A. Yes, you are most welcome to place a forward order with your participating school. Payment will obviously be required at time of ordering and bulbs will be delivered in Week 1 of Term 4.

Q. What pack sizes are available?

A. All bulbs will be sold in packs of six, with all bulbs in that pack being the same. Bulb Base types include: Bayonet Cap and Edison Screw Bases.

In some bulbs e.g. the Candle, Small Edison Screw bases are also available.

Q. Will the "Home Energy-Saver Detective" badges cost us anything?

A. Home Energy-Saver Detective Badges are offered Free of Charge to all participating schools.

Q. How much is the Trust making out of this?

A. The Energy Smart Schools Trust is a not for profit organisation. The trust is supplying the "Smart Packs" of six new generation Marexim bulbs at a substantially subsidised value to the schools. Please note that the price of these Marexim bulbs when offered through other outlets will be several times higher than the initial price that the schools will be offering them for. This is a great opportunity that has been secured by the trust for schools to take advantage of.

Q. Do you have the units available in other languages apart from English?

A. Unfortunately, it is a case of resources. We just do not have enough resources to produce our teaching units in multiple languages, even though we would very much like to. If you have someone that is competent in a required language and would therefore have the ability to convert the unit to such, we would be very happy for this to happen. Obviously, their services would need to be on a no-cost basis as the trust is a not for profit organisation.

Q. Is there a minimum number of packs that we would be obliged to sell?

A. There is no minimum to the number of six packs that you can sell. This means that friends, family, neighbours and local business can all be approached to take advantage of this fundraising opportunity.

Q. Is the packaging such that individual bulbs could be sold separately?

A. Bulbs are packed individually inside the "Smart Pack" of six. However, the “Smart Pack” is only available in full packs of six.

Q. What are the Marexim Energy Saver bulbs?

A. The Marexim Safety Energy Saver® are manufactured to meet stringent European RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) Certification standards and constructed using Lead Free Glass & Lead Free Solder. They are also virtually 100% recyclable. The outer Glass "Shell" in fact forms a protective layer encapsulating the bulbs’ inner workings. This acts as an additional Safety feature as the bulb is significantly cooler to touch, even when they have been operating for extended periods of time. Users can also safely hold onto the glass when inserting into or removing from a down light fittings.

Q. What are they and how do they work?

A. The Marexim Safety Energy Saver® is an energy saver bulb is the Same Size & Same Shape as normal incandescent light bulbs which means that they will actually "fit" into the light fittings as the fittings were designed and not protrude out of down light fittings (unlike some Curly Whirly and Finger Types).

Q. Can the Marexim Safety Energy Saver® bulbs be used with Dimmers?

A. It is recommended that these bulbs are not used with Dimmer fittings. The dimmer fittings have potential to shorten the life of the bulbs.

Q. What are the benefits of replacing your ordinary bulbs with the Marexim Safety Energy Saver® bulbs?

A. The Marexim Safety Energy Saver® bulbs are:

  • Safe: The Marexim Safety Energy Saver® bulbs are manufactured to meet stringent European RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) Certification standards and are constructed using Lead Free Glass & Lead Free Solder. They are also virtually 100% recyclable.
  • This means that they are also safer for you and the environment.
  • Performance: The bulbs last 10-15 times longer than original light bulbs.
  • Appearance: The bulbs are the Same Size & Same Shape as normal incandescent light bulbs which means that they actually "fit" into the light fittings as the fittings were designed and not protrude out of down light fittings (unlike some Curly Whirly and Finger Types).
  • Convenience: Available through The Energy Smart Schools Trust fundraising program. Otherwise at your local lighting wholesalers and any lighting and electrical store.
  • Economy/Efficient: The Marexim Safety Energy Saver® Smart-Packs of six bulbs save up to 85% on electricity costs, which equates to over $1100 of savings over the life off just 6 bulbs.
  • Durability / Dependability (Quality): The bulbs have up to 10,000 hours of life. Using the bulbs an average of 5 hours every day, the bulbs will last up to 5.5 years.

Q. What are the sizes of the bulbs? How do they operate in comparison to the original light bulbs?

A. The bulbs are direct replacements. The bulbs are the same size and produce the same light as the original light bulbs. The differences between original bulbs and our light bulbs; is they save power, save money on power bills, they last up to 15 times longer and they are environmentally friendly.

Q. Do these light bulbs produce a lot of heat?

A. The outer Glass "Shell" in fact forms a protective layer encapsulating the bulbs’ inner workings. This acts as an additional Safety feature as the bulb is significantly cooler to the touch, even when they have been operating for extended periods of time.

Q. How should I dispose of a Marexim Safety Bulb?

A. Marexim Safety Energy Saver® bulbs do not contain liquid mercury. However, it is still important that you recycle all bulbs responsible. Marexim offer a recycling programme so that all of the parts of the bulb can be separated and recycled. It is recommended that all users of the bulbs take advantage of recycling programmes.

Q. Will the light levels decrease over the life of the bulb?

A. There may be marginal drops in the level of light produced by the bulb as it ages- this is the same as all other forms of fluorescent lighting. This is due to the phosphor coating on the inside of the tube deteriorating overtime. Marexim lamps conform to industry requirements in this regard, as with all other aspects of performance and safety.

Q. Can these bulbs be used in outside lights?

A. Absolutely! An ideal application would be your outdoor porch or driveway lighting- which are typically in use for 5 or more hours per day! Due to the likeness and size of the bulbs, they can instantly replace existing filament bulbs for instant savings. Many other curly shaped types are too big, and can’t fit into some enclosed fittings. Using a dusk-to-dawn sensor will provide you with illumination outdoors all night for security. The power used by one Marexim Safety Energy Saver® bulb, left on all night would be the equivalent to a normal 100W bulb being left on for just 1 ½ hours! That shows you the savings!