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High efficiency business lighting

Lighting is a critical component of every small business. Areas that are not well-lit may cause safety hazards to employees, and floor space should be aesthetically pleasing to encourage sales.


Lighting is a critical component of every small business. Areas, both indoors and outdoors, that are not well-lit may cause safety hazards to employees, and floor space should be aesthetically pleasing to encourage sales. In this article, we’ll discuss how you can make lighting your commercial building more energy-efficient, and in the end, save your business money.

What are the benefits of LED commercial lighting? 

You may be surprised to learn that lighting can take a larger share of a building’s electricity use than any other single end use. As a result, it’s essential that you consider transitioning from less-efficient commercial lighting to more efficient options like LEDs. Here are two of the main benefits for commercial and industrial businesses who make the transition to energy-efficient lighting:

LEDs emit less heat compared to less-efficient lighting.

Lighting systems produce large amounts of heat as well and are typically the largest source of waste heat inside commercial buildings. Energy-efficient lighting, such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs), adds less heat than inefficient lighting. By decreasing internal heat gain, efficient lighting also reduces a building’s cooling requirements.

Energy-efficient LEDs save you money and improve lighting quality.

Your business may be spending much more than needed to effectively light your facilities. Significant cost savings can be achieved with energy-efficiency improvements, and due to continually improving technology, lighting usually provides the highest return-on-investment of major upgrades.

With good design, most commercial and industrial buildings, including schools, office space, and more, can cut their lighting energy use in half while maintaining or improving lighting quality. Such designs typically pay for themselves in energy savings alone within a few years, and they offer more benefits in terms of the potential for smaller and less costly cooling systems and more productive work environments. Combine this with rebates from your cooperative to save even more!

Do I qualify for commercial lighting rebates through my electric cooperative? 

Your cooperative may be offering this rebate program to commercial, industrial and agricultural cooperative business members who make the transition to more energy-efficient lighting options. Only members with more than 10 light fixtures at their installation site will qualify. The rebate amount will be determined prior to installation and calculated based on an audit of existing and replacement lighting. The total rebate amount is limited to $30,000 per member per year.

Rebates for energy-efficient commercial lighting may be taxable, so please consult your tax advisor. If your rebate amount is more than $600, it will be reported to the IRS by your cooperative as income to you on IRS Form 1099 unless you have identified yourself as a corporation or as tax-exempt. Your cooperative is not responsible for any taxes that may be imposed on you as a result of the rebate. Contact your cooperative prior to any lighting retrofit to ask if they participate in the lighting rebate program.

How can I participate in my electric cooperatives commercial lighting rebate program?

If you’re interested in participating in your electric cooperatives commercial lighting rebate program, simply follow these five steps:

Step 1 - A walk-through of your facility must be conducted by the cooperative or designated representative to audit the existing lighting inventory. Contact your local electric cooperative to schedule an appointment.

Step 2 - Work with your lighting vendor or maintenance personnel to select the new, energy-efficient lighting equipment you want to install. Provide your local cooperative with a list of the proposed lights; including the type, wattage and price per fixture.

Step 3 - Your cooperative will enter both the existing and proposed lighting into the Take Control & Save commercial lighting calculator to develop an estimate of the rebate amount your lighting upgrade is eligible to receive.

Step 4 - Install the new lighting, then contact your electric cooperative for a final audit of your commercial building to verify installed lighting. Provide your cooperative with a detailed invoice that includes the number of lights installed, wattage and price per fixture.

Step 5 - Your cooperative will reconcile the invoices with the proposed fixtures entered in the Take Control & Save business lighting calculator before issuing the rebate.

Contact your local electric cooperative for more details or to get started along the path to a more efficiently lighted facility.


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