Massachusetts Program Administrators have partnered with manufacturers and distributors to offer the design community, architects, contractors, and commercial lighting customers discounted pricing on the most efficient LED directional lamps and reduced-wattage linear fluorescent lamps when purchased through participating electrical distributors. With special pricing, you can install these high quality energy efficient lamps at a comparable cost to conventional lighting products and enjoy the benefits of premium technology.
How does it work?
Through an agreement with participating electrical distributors, the higher cost of eligible lamps is paid directly to the distributor by your local electric utility or energy efficiency service provider. In effect, as contractors and commercial lighting customers, you get premium replacement technology at a comparable cost to conventional products.
These lamps save money in three ways:
- Lower utility bills
- Fewer replacement products
- Reduced labor costs
Reduced Wattage Linear Fluorescent Lamps
T8 and T5HO lamps are found in traditional commercial and industrial environments such as retail stores, offices, schools, hospitals, and parking garages and are proven performers in a wide variety of applications. Reduced-wattage T8 and T5HO lamps are excellent substitutes for standard wattage T8 and T5 lamps. They use up to 22% less energy and last 33-100% longer than traditional lamps. Many reduced-wattage T8 and T5HO lamps also have better color rendering properties and hold their rated lighting levels longer. That means that products and people will appear in a more natural color.
Qualifying T8 and T5HO Lamps
Reduced Wattage T8 fluorescent lamps: All eligible lamps must be CEE qualified. For more details, please log onto CEE’s web site at www.cee1.org.
Reduced Watt T5HO fluorescent lamps:Download a list of eligible 47-51 watt T5HO lamps.
Important Technical Information
Requires instant-start ballast, unless otherwise listed. Consult manufacturer’s literature for additional product;information and technical requirements.
LED Directional Replacement Lamps
Energy-efficient LED directional lamps are excellent substitutes for conventional halogen lamps typically used for spot and track lighting applications. They provide up to 80% energy and cost savings, last at least 10 times longer than traditional lamps, and produce less heat output for greater customer comfort and lower A/C costs.
LED directional lamps also provide the same high-quality natural color lighting for product display as conventional halogen lamps. All eligible LED directional replacement lamps are ENERGY STAR® qualified, provide excellent CRI (Color Rendering Index) and instant-on capability. Moreover, LEDs do not contain toxic materials such as mercury or lead. Many of these lamps are also dimmable. Dimming switches must be compatible with LEDs. Typical applications include retail stores, restaurants, hotels, museums and galleries.
Qualifying LED lamps
All Products must be listed in the ENERGY STAR list to be eligible for incentives. Click here for the list of eligible equipment.
Starting January 2, 2012, Program Administrators will require a minimum customer contribution of $5 for any LED lamp sale that is submitted through the Bright Opportunities Upstream Lighting Program. In effect, participating distributors must sell eligible LED lamps to customers at a minimum price of $5 each.
Starting November 1, 2012, Program Administrators will require a minimum customer contribution of $1 for any T8 or T5HO lamp sale that is submitted through the Program. In effect, participating distributors must sell eligible linear fluorescent lamps to customers at a minimum price of $1 each.
Additionally, distributors need to capture and provide customer contact information, in addition to installation address, for all sales through the program.
Download the current incentive levels for Linear Fluorescent Lamps and LED Replacement Lamps.
This service is available to businesses in Massachusetts that are gas or electricity customers of these Program Administrators:
- Cape Light Compact
- National Grid
- Western Massachusetts Electric
- Berkshire Gas
- New England Gas
- Columbia Gas
"Eligible Customers" are the end users of the Qualifying Equipment, for which incentives are provided. An Eligible Customer is one who receives electrical service under a nonresidential rate class from any electric utility in Massachusetts. Qualifying Equipment must be installed and operated at the Eligible Customer's facility or premises.
Incentives may not be applied to sales of Qualifying Equipment to customers who intend to transport the equipment to either facilities outside of Massachusetts or where the "ship to" location is outside Massachusetts.
Sales of qualifying equipment to the following businesses are not eligible for participation in the Upstream Lighting Initiative:
- Residential customers
- Businesses located outside Massachusetts
- Sales to Direct Install (DI) projects
For more information, download the Upstream Lighting Brochure, or contact:
Download the participating distributor list for location and contact information of a participating distributor near your business.