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    Saving Money on Your Lighting Upgrade with Energy Rebates

    How much can you save on lighting rebate incentives?


    Did you know that many utility companies offer rebates as an incentive to commercial customers for upgrading to more energy efficient lighting? According to Encentiv Energy about 77% of US zip codes qualify for a commercial and industrial LED lighting and controls rebate in 2022. With a little help from our utility relations team and your Signify sales professional, you could receive a significant rebate for using energy-efficient lamps or luminaires from Signify on your next project. Utility rebates in general aren’t that difficult to navigate, but there are different types of rebates available for a variety of products which can get tricky. To get started, review the information on this website and contact your local Signify sales professional to learn more about opportunities in your territory.


    Encentiv Energy, 2022          


    77% of the US is currently covered by an active commercial or industrial lighting rebate program, whether that’s prescriptive, midstream, or custom.

    Why do commercial rebates matter?

    Rebates offer huge benefits to your business. By implementing lighting measures that reduce the energy used in a given space, you will save money on your electric bill. Utility companies “reward” those who install energy saving equipment by offering rebates – so essentially, you are being paid to save!


    These rebates help lower the initial project cost of the energy-saving measures, which in turn shortens the payback period and makes the overall investment more attractive to property owners. Just as important as the financial implications of these rebate programs to a business owner is the benefit to our environment by utilizing energy efficient lighting.



    Why do utility companies offer rebates?


    Utilities set annual energy savings goals which they then strive to meet. Offering incentives to commercial customers is an energy-saving alternative to the greater capital expense of expanding power plant capacity. It is often more economical for utility companies to offer rebates than to build a new power plant and deal with increased infrastructure maintenance.

    Which utilities offer rebates? What lighting products are included?


    There are over 3,000 utility companies across the US and many of them offer lighting rebate programs. Rebates are available for a variety of lighting products including lamps, luminaires and controls. 

    Click here to find TLED, HID replacement lamp and luminaires rebates in your area.

    Signify offers an extensive portfolio of lighting products, most of which qualify for multiple utility rebates at any given time. Easily search our Luminaires e-Catalog and use the “Energy Certifications” search option at the top of the page to filter products based on DLC or Energy Star qualification.

    DLC and Energy Star designations for our lamps and luminaires are indicated on the individual spec sheets and/or product bulletins which can be found in our professional lamps and luminaires product catalog.


    Average Rebates for led fixutures

    Encentiv Energy, 2022

    What are the different types of energy efficiency programs available?

    There are several types of programs offered by utilities, three of which are briefly mentioned below.
    Signing document, written Agreement, paperwork
    Prescriptive:  The utility offering a prescriptive rebate gives specific guidelines about energy-saving upgrades and the rebate amount customers get for performing those upgrades.  There are generally a number of specific requirements that go along with prescriptive rebates.  The customer (contractors, installers, purchasers) typically files for the rebate after the purchase is made as part of the post installation rebate process.
    Lighting project, agreement, handshake
    Custom:  A Custom Rebate program is designed to incentivize unusual equipment or process changes that will reduce energy consumption and energy demand but on equipment that doesn’t meet the requirements of the utility’s prescriptive rebate program. Instead of having specific guidelines about what energy-saving upgrades to perform, the customer must instead prove that a project will save energy and the rebate value varies depending on the amount of kWh and KW saved.
    Distributor sale, transaction, point of purchase
    Midstream: Midstream programs were designed to encourage equipment manufacturers to develop energy-efficient products and encourage distributors to keep these energy efficiency products in stock. Midstream programs offer wholesale price buy-downs to distributors allowing for immediate savings to be realized by customers at the point of purchase. Utility program managers reimburse distributors for the instant rebates they have provided their customers at the point of sale.

    Lighting Controls Rebates

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    The number of rebates for networked lighting controls is expected to continue to grow, encouraged in part by the creation of the DLC Networked Lighting Controls qualified product list. The DLC’s NLC QPL identifies systems that are eligible for utility rebates by meeting the minimum technical requirements as defined by DLC. As of September 2019, the DLC networked lighting controls QPL listed 48 systems from 28 manufacturers, including three systems from Signify.

    Want to know the return on investment on your next project?

    Showing the return on investment, on a project has the opportunity to make or break a deal. With the Payback Calculator Tool, you can revolutionize your proposals by quickly showing prospects on the ROI for an LED conversion, along with additional rebates & energy savings. Users can receive a downloadable report with analyses that is based on the project specified. You can show your customers different analytics such as, project details, energy savings, utility rebates, ROI, payback timeline, and environmental impact. Reports can be customized to every project’s needs by adding additional ‘rooms,’ and customizing lighting fixtures per room.

    Lighting Solutions from Signify  


    Signify is constantly offering new, innovative, energy-efficient lighting  products for new construction and retrofit lighting projects. Click on  each of the images to learn more about these solutions for your  next commercial or industrial project.

    Visit our blog, Light Your World, to learn how new lighting technologies such as LED are making it more possible to reduce energy usage and shape the future with groundbreaking new lighting applications.