Rebates for LED Tubes: Huge Opportunity But Hard To Get
As the efficiency of LED tubes has increased, and prices have come down considerably, we see an enormous amount of projects where T12 and T8 solutions are being replaced by LED tubes. With the market for LED tubes really taking off, many rebate programs have adapted their guidelines to allow rebates for these products. Unfortunately though, as these rebate programs have been rolled out, they have also created a lot of confusion. As opposed to the relatively straightforward one-for-one LED screw-in lamp upgrades, with these projects you have to worry about various ballast and wiring options. On top of that complexity, there are 3 different types of LED tube technologies available; Type A, Type B and Type C.
Also called "Plug and Play", "Direct Install", or "Direct Retrofit"
Also called "Ballast Bypass", "Direct Wire", or "Line Voltage"
Also called "tube and Driver" or "tube with Remote Driver"
|Type A||Type B||Type C|
|# of utilities with rebates||736||689||706|
|Average rebate per lamp||$4.98||$5.02||$5.27|
Each rebate program decides which type of LED tubes they will allow. Some utilities will provide rebates for all 3 types. Others feel one specific LED tube technology is superior and will only provide incentives for that type. On top of that, rebate program staff are rarely well trained in the differences between the various LED tube types which leads to additional confusion when filing applications. Products that should qualify for a rebate are regularly rejected because of poor wording on a spec sheet or a staff’s misunderstanding of what type of lamp it is. In those cases, you really have to be persistent, have lighting knowledge, and be able to get supporting documentation from the manufacturers to go back and forth with the utilities to ensure you won’t miss out on your rebates.
Also, you should be aware that many rebate programs will cap the rebate dollar amounts in a certain way. They may limit the payout to a specific % of material cost, total project cost, or one year simple payback. Even if a program is advertising a rebate of $15 a lamp, you may actually get far less in the end.
What’s the best solution? There is no one answer. It just comes down to what works for you and can be influenced by things such as the age of your ballasts, the rebate program in your location, the light levels needed and budget constraints. BriteSwitch’s knowledge of lighting and rebate programs can help guide you through the various scenarios. We don’t sell products or provide labor, so we are totally unbiased towards the ultimate solution. Click here to learn more about how BriteSwitch can optimize your rebates.