Commercial Lighting Requirements

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Emerging Lighting Technologies - acceptance and registration

Under the Commercial Lighting Energy Savings Formula, Emerging Lighting Technologies (ELTs), such as LEDs and induction luminaires, must meet certain safety and performance requirements.  ELTs must be accepted by us as meeting these requirements before Energy Savings Certificates (ESCs) can be created from the use of the ELT in a lighting upgrade.  This page outlines the process for applying for acceptance of an ELT and registering to use the ELT in a lighting upgrade.

There are no ESS equipment requirements applying to conventional lighting technologies such as fluorescent, incandescent and halogen luminaires, as these technologies must already meet national Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) and electrical safety standards.

Public List of Accepted ELTs

We maintain a list of ELTs that have already been accepted as meeting the ESS equipment requirements.

Public list of Accepted ELTs 

Previously accepted ELTs where acceptance has been withdrawn or amended

In some cases, after accepting an ELT as meeting the ESS equipment requirements, we may decide to withdraw or amend the acceptance.  This can occur for a number of reasons, eg, where we receive a request for withdrawal or amendment from the organisation that originally had the ELT accepted, or where we identify issues with the documentation supporting the original acceptance.

ELTs - Acceptance Withdrawn or Amended

Registering to use an accepted ELT

If you are an Accredited Certificate Provider (ACP) and plan to use an ELT in an ESS Lighting upgrade, firstly check whether the ELT is on this list.  If it is on the list, you may register to use that ELT via our online portal.

ELT Portal

If the ELT is not on the list, you will need to apply to have it accepted as meeting the equipment requirements.

Applying to have equipment accepted

All applications must be made through the ELT Portal.  

ELT Portal


Applications may be lodged by ACPs and other organisations eg, lighting suppliers, provided they have login access to the ELT Portal.  ACPs are provided with a login when they are accredited. Non-ACPs can create an account here. Applicants should read the Lighting Equipment Requirements  for further guidance on the application process.

Lighting Equipment Requirements443.26KB PDF FileV2.1 August 2017
This guide outlines the equipment requirements and explains the process for applying for acceptance of ELTs under the Commercial Lighting Energy Savings Formula

From 21 November 2016 all applications must include a completed ELT Application Checklist.  In addition, applications from non-ACPs (eg, lighting suppliers) must also include sponsorship forms from two ACPs as evidence that the product(s) will be used in an ESS lighting upgrade.

ELT Application Checklist130.86KB Word DocumentV1.2 June 2017
This form must be completed and submitted with every ELT application

ELT Application Sponsorship Form144.14KB Word DocumentV1.1 June 2017
Non-ACPs must submit two sponsorship forms (completed by ACPs) with every ELT application.

Creating ESCs from the implementation of accepted ELTs

Only ACPs that are accredited under the Commercial Lighting Energy Savings Formula are able to create ESCs from the implementation of accepted ELTs. Information on applying to become an ACP can be found here  Alternatively, a list of current ACPs can be found here