It’s no secret that LEDs are more efficient than their incandescent, halogen, fluorescent, and high-intensity discharge (HID) counterparts. LEDs use 80 percent less energy and last 42 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs and fixtures. Incandescent fixtures also waste 90 percent of consumed energy in the form of heat whereas LEDs generate almost no heat, which can be beneficial for climate-controlled buildings. Based on energy savings alone, it’s easy to see why so many businesses have started converting to LED bulbs and fixtures—especially in commercial and industrial environments where about 19 percent of electricity consumed is used for lighting. Homeowners and facility managers should also know that there are other ways to save money by converting to LED fixtures, which is where DesignLights Consortium (DLC) rebates come in.
The DLC is a nonprofit organization created by the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) with the goal of promoting quality, performance, and energy efficiency in solid-state lighting (SSL) technologies (most commonly, LEDs). DLC members include regional, state, and local utility companies committed to helping their customers become more energy conscious. Products listed in DLC’s Qualified Product List (QPL) are evaluated for important technical aspects, such as safety, lumen output, correlated color temperature (CCT), color-rendering index (CRI), and efficacy (lumens per watt).
Because of DLC’s reputation for high testing standards, products listed in the QPL are considered for rebates in many areas of the U.S. and Canada. Some utility companies offer prescriptive rebates, which means that you will receive a set rebate rate per fixture. For example, in Indiana, Duke Energy offers a rebate of $225 if you replace a 500-watt HID fixture with an equivalent LED fixture. In California, Pacific Gas and Electric gives a $250 rebate for a 321- to 500-watt LED replacement for a high-bay fixture. Other utility companies will offer energy-savings-based rebates by each watt reduced or custom rebates, which require an energy audit. Products must be listed in DLC’s QPL to qualify for rebates. Contact your local utility company to verify participation in the rebate program or for a complete list of incentives and qualified products.
Purchasing an LED product on DLC’s QPL is rewarding in more ways than one; immediate energy savings and increased longevity are the most widely known benefits. DLC rebates are offered as an extra push toward quality lighting technologies. Incentives such as this one can be helpful in establishing a more sustainable, energy-conscious society.
A comprehensive list of rebates per state/province can be found here.
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