Lighting Technologies

This page describes lighting technologies and how they are used in the scheme


The Energy Savings Scheme provides two methods for calculating energy savings for lighting upgrades. Use the links below to find out more information.

Commercial Lighting Formula for commercial and industrial sites

1-for-1 Lighting for direct replacements at residential and small business sites

More information about the lighting used in both of these methods is provided below.

Acceptable lighting technologies

The ESS Rule has specific requirements for the types of lighting that can be used. In general, the following characteristics need to be addressed before lighting equipment can be accepted for use in lighting upgrades:

  • electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and electrical safety.
  • total power consumption of the lamp or luminaire (lamp circuit power).
  • minimum asset lifetime and performance requirements.

Details of how these requirements are applied in the Commercial Lighting and 1-for-1 Lighting methods will be provided in the Lighting Technologies Requirements Guide.

Using lighting technologies in 1-for-1 Lighting

All products must be accepted for this method. The specific requirements are listed in the ESS Rule and described in the Lighting Equipment Requirements Guide.

A form is being developed for use by Accredited Certificate Providers when applying to use a lighting product under this method.

Using emerging lighting technologies in Commercial Lighting

For the Commercial Lighting Formula the following equipment must be accepted prior to use:

  • All LED lighting equipment
  • Induction Luminaires
  • Voltage Reduction Units
  • Any other Emerging Lighting Technology (ELT).

Conventional lighting technologies such as fluorescent, incandescent and halogen lamps do not need to be accepted by the Scheme Administrator prior to use as the equipment requirements are mandated by legislation.

ELTs are not assigned a default Lamp Circuit Power (LCP) in the ESS Rule (Table A9.4 of Schedule A), instead the Scheme Administrator must accept the total power consumption of the lamp or luminaire.

ELT Portal for acceptance of emerging lighting technologies

The ELT Portal is a web interface that allows ACPs accredited under Commercial Lighting to submit applications for acceptance of ELT and to track their progress. All applications for Commercial Lighting equipment must be made through the portal.

ELT Portal

ELT process for Accredited Certificate Providers

ACPs are able to register to use products listed on the public accepted product list below.

ESS Accepted Lighting Products - 1 July 201435.21KB Excel SpreadsheetThis is a public list of accepted lighting products. It is updated from time to time.

Currently the list only include products from the VEET scheme. We will add additional products as they are accepted. 

Please note:

  • ACPs must register to use products on our public list before they are used to create ESCs. To do this you must email and attach the accepted product list spreadsheet with the products you wish to use selected.
  • You do not need to register to use a product that you have previously had accepted for use. You may use previously accepted equipment until 30 June 2015, provided it is for an activity that is eligible under the ESS Rule. 
  • From 1 September 2014, other entities such as manufacturers will be able create accounts on the ELT Portal and apply to have lighting products accepted for use in the Scheme.

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