This page describes the options for eligible lighting activities for residential and commercial properties under the Energy Savings Scheme
Making simple changes to lighting arrangements is one of the easiest ways to generate energy savings, especially when you make smarter lighting choices at the same time.
The maintenance of light levels is a key requirement for inclusion in the Energy Savings Scheme, as energy savings cannot be claimed where they come from a reduction in output or service.
Eligible energy saving activities
There are two main options for including lighting projects within the Energy Savings Scheme:
- commercial lighting, for lighting retrofits in commercial or industrial facilities
- halogen lighting replacements, for the replacement of 50W halogen downlights.
Energy savings from commercial lighting activities are calculated using the Commercial Lighting Energy Savings Formula (clause 9.4 of the ESS Rule).
Using this approach, energy savings can be claimed by Accredited Certificate Providers for a wide range of lighting retrofits. This includes everything from the replacement of lights in a car park, to the complete refurbishment of industrial facilities.
The basis of the approach is that evidence is collected to show the lighting configuration before and after an upgrade has taken place, and testing is carried out to ensure that the final lighting configuration meets relevant lighting standards to ensure output and service levels are maintained.
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Halogen lighting replacements
Energy savings from halogen lighting replacement activities are calculated using the Default Savings Factors method (clause 9.3 of the ESS Rule).
This approach is specifically tailored to the replacement of 50-watt (50W) Halogen Extra Low Voltage (ELV) lamps.
Using this approach, simple activities can be conducted involving the direct swap of 50W lamps for 35W lamps within the same fitting, or more complex retrofits can be undertaken involving the replacement of the whole 50W lamp fitting.
In order to ensure lighting levels are maintained, the lighting characteristics of each type of replacement lamp must meet a light output test.
Find out more about halogen lighting replacement