How Rebate Programs from DLC Member Utilities Incentivize Emerging Technologies

Rebate Bus is proud to be sponsoring and exhibiting at the DesignLights Consortium (DLC) Annual Stakeholder Meeting. This year’s event will be held in our home away from home, St.Louis, MO. We will be showcasing our data platform and services while connecting with DLC members and industry partners.

The DLC Stakeholders implement some of the most influential energy efficiency programs in North America and their reliance on the DLC’s technical requirements for determining qualified products have made a significant impact on the industry. Since the DLC’s qualified product lists (QPLs) evolve every year, so do the values and requirements designated by utility rebate programs. Here are some highlights of DLC QPL trends and 2019 rebate program updates:

Solid State Lighting

Solid State Lighting (SSL) qualified by the DLC has played a critical role in commercial lighting rebate programs from utilities across the map. The QPL covers all lighting commonly installed in commercial properties. There are 7 select categories within the QPL: Four Pin-Base Replacement Lamps for CFLs, Indoor Luminaires, Indoor Retrofit Kits, Outdoor Luminaires, Outdoor Retrofit Kits, Linear Replacement Lamps, and Mogul (E39) Screw-Base Replacements for HID.

By utilizing DLC qualified products, utility rebate programs are able to easily measure energy efficiency savings and streamline their process. This has led to major growth in midstream commercial lighting programs that offer instant rebates on qualified products at the point of sale. Many of the Stakeholder Utilities have launched midstream rebate programs, but the one standing out from the rest is from PECO Energy. The PECO Energy Instant Lighting Discount Program offers rebates on 6 of the 7 product categories from the SSL QPL.

Horticultural Lighting

Technical Requirements set by the DLC for Horticulture Lighting entered new territory over the year with the launch of a dedicated QPL. As of now, there are just 4 qualified fixtures on the list from Maxlite’s PhotonMax series. The new QPL for Horticultural Lighting could mean more utilities begin to offer rebates the way the SSL QPL has shaped rebate programs.

There are already a few DLC member utilities offering rebates on LED Grow Lights in agricultural applications. Among them is Focus on Energy in Wisconsin and Consumers Energy in Michigan. With incentives ranging from $0.25 – $0.50 per Watt reduced, indoor growers in Wisconsin and Michigan are beginning to replace their high-pressure sodium, metal halide, or fluorescent fixtures with LEDs that significantly bring down their operating costs and create less demand from the utility.

Lighting Controls

Networked Lighting Controls (NLC) also has its own DLC QPL. While many of the member utilities have historically included control rebates in their programs, few have started to launch measures that specifically incentivize networked lighting controls. It has been predicted that with the increasing standardization of LEDs, the greater future efficiency gains will come from NLC savings.

Two DLC Stakeholders exemplifying ways to incentivize networked lighting controls are Idaho Power, with their prescriptive program, and ComEd, with their custom program. Both programs offer rebates on installations made for indoor and outdoor applications with wall, ceiling, and fixture integrated NLC options.



The DLC remains the industry standard as emerging technologies in solid state lighting, horticultural lighting, and lighting controls are manufactured with greater efficiency standards. It is critical that the lighting industry keep up with the evolving technical requirements to ensure savings goals are achieved and customers are introduced to new product options with valuable incentives.

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