LED Lighting & Controls
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Light-emitting diode (LED) lighting products use 25% of the energy of their incandescent predecessors, and last 25 times longer, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Replace five of your home's most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with models that have earned the ENERGY STAR certification, and you could save $45 a year.
The Burlington Electric Department's Energy Services team is here to help you plan your residential or commercial lighting retrofit and optimize the design for cost-effectiveness and energy efficiency.
Several Burlington-area retailers offer instant (point of purchase) rebates on a wide variety of LED lighting and controls products like occupancy and daylighting sensors. A list of qualified products is available from Efficiency Vermont.
We also recommend visiting a Participating Electrical Distributor. Though off the beaten path, these retailers can provide a more in-depth consultation for your project.
New! The new products above will be available to both residential and commercial customers at participating distributors.
Quantity limits apply to instant rebates: 250 per commercial project, 12 per residential transaction.
Available Instant Rebates
The following light fixtures and controls currently have instant rebates:
- 1x4, 2x2, 2x4 Troffers
- New! Surface/Suspended Linear Fixtures
- New! Low-Bay
- New! High-Bay
- New! Refrigerator/Freezer Case Fixtures
- New! Exterior ≤ 5,000 lumens
- New! Exterior 5,001 – 10,000 lumens
- New! Exterior > 10,000 lumens
- New! Fixture types above with Integrated Sensors
Some LED fixtures and controls products qualify for online rebates on commercial projects. To receive a rebate after purchasing DLC-listed fixtures, fill out the Commercial Lighting Rebate form online and submit via email or visit the Online Rebate Center.
The following light fixtures and controls currently have online rebates:
- Retrofit Kits for 1x4, 2x2, 2x4 Troffers
- Retrofit Kits with Integrated Sensors
- All non-integrated sensors: ceiling, wall, switch, and fixture-mounted occupancy and daylighting sensors
Custom Incentives with BED Engineering Support
Projects involving unique lighting scenarios and requiring more engineering design can receive greater financial incentives and additional technical support. Working with our BED Energy Services team, you can achieve enhanced occupant comfort, productivity, safety, and persistent energy savings. In some cases, BED can cost-share on professional lighting design services, which can yield even greater functionality and savings.
Commercial projects with light fixture quantities greater than 250 must use our custom program.
Glossary of Terms
Lamp – Commonly referred to as a "light bulb"; a manufactured light source. A lamp includes a few components: the bulb, the base, and the internal structure that produces light. When buying lamps today, light-emitting diode (LED) lamps are the most energy efficient product on the shelf. Note: The term lamp also is commonly used to refer to portable luminaires (desk, floor, and table lamps).
Light Fixtures – Also referred to as a luminaire. A complete lighting unit consisting of a lamp(s) and ballast(s) (when applicable), together with the parts designed to distribute the light, to position and protect the lamps, and to connect the lamps to the power supply. BED offers instant and online rebates as well as custom incentives for LED light fixtures. See Rebates and Incentives section above.
Color Temperature – Describes the color appearance of the light that is produced, in terms of its "warmth" or "cool"-ness. The correlated color temperature (CCT) in degrees Kelvin relates the color appearance of the lamp to the color appearance of a reference source (blackbody). A low color temperature (3000 K and lower) describes a warm source. A high color temperature (4000 K and higher) describes a cool source.
Lighting Controls – Mechanisms and systems to turn lamps and light fixtures on and off, adjust output using a dimmer, adjust light source color, and provide other capabilities listed below. Basic lighting controls equipment includes wall switches, dimmers, timing devices, and remote-mounted motion detectors (occupancy sensors) and photosensors (daylighting sensors). BED offers instant and online rebates for basic lighting controls products. See Rebates and Incentives section above.
Advanced lighting controls systems are referred to as networked lighting controls (NLC) and provide luminaire-level, room-level, or building-level control strategies. BED offers custom incentives for advanced lighting controls products. See Rebates and Incentives section above.
Some networked lighting controls strategies include:
- 0-100% output dimming
- Bi-level dimming (high-low)
- Occupancy/Vacancy sensing
- Daylight harvesting
- High level trim (task tuning)
- Luminaire-level controls
- Personal control
- Zoning and grouping of luminaires
- Demand response
- Plug load control
- Color-tunable control: dim-to-warm, tunable white, and full-color-tunable (color-changing)
- External systems integration for automated and connected building systems, room scheduling systems for enhanced space utilization, and remote diagnostics
- Energy monitoring
*Definitions sourced from the Illuminating Engineering Society's Nomenclature and Definitions for Illuminating Engineering, the Lighting Controls Association's Resources pages, and Lighting Research Center's Glossary of Lighting Terms.