By participating in the program, you may be eligible for special LED incentives. These incentives are supported by Energize Connecticut.
The Connecticut Light and Power Company (CL&P) and The United Illuminating Company (UI) have clustered LED categories into three groups to establish eligibility to receive incentives.
Group A – ENERGY STAR ® List for LED Products
The four product categories listed above require an ENERGY STAR rating and only luminaires from the ENERGY STAR Bulb List (PDF) and ENERGY STAR Fixture List (PDF) be eligible for an Energize Connecticut program incentive.
Group B - DesignLight Consortium Qualified Product List for LED Products
In general, LED lighting products are eligible for incentive consideration provided they are UL listed and either ENERGY STAR® or DLC QPL listed as applicable for residential or commercial/industrial applications. The exceptions to this are T8 LED lamps replacing linear fluorescent lamps, including those qualified by the DesignLights Consortium, which do not qualify for calculated incentives.
The requirements for the product categories listed above can be found on this link. Products not in these categories must be submitted and approved by DesignLight ™ Consortium.
Group B Luminaries must be identified on the DesignLights™ Consortium Qualified Product List (PDF) to be eligible for Energize Connecticut incentives. This includes any product which has previously been approved by CL&P/UI.
Is there ENERGY STAR ® qualified LED lighting?
Yes, currently there are ENERGY STAR qualified light fixtures and decorative light strings that use LEDs. ENERGY STAR qualified LED lights consume 75 percent less energy than conventional incandescent lights. Because the specification for ENERGY STAR qualified LED light fixtures was only recently made effective in late 2008, there are a limited number of qualified products available today.
Are there ENERGY STAR qualified replacement LED bulbs?
No, currently there are no replacement bulbs for the typical screw in light socket that use LED technology and qualify for the ENERGY STAR label. The only screw in light bulbs, that have met the energy efficiency and other performance requirements for ENERGY STAR, use fluorescent technologies. These bulbs -- known as CFLs -- offer energy savings of 75 percent relative to incandescent bulbs.
The Department of Energy (DOE) is in the process of developing ENERGY STAR requirements for LED replacement bulbs. Once those requirements are in place, manufacturers will need to test and submit information to the DOE.
Because LED is an emerging technology, quality is not yet consistent across all products. The ENERGY STAR specification process will put in place test procedures to ensure a high level of quality for these bulbs. In the interim, if you purchase LED replacement bulbs, check for warranty information, and save your receipts in case there is an early failure or you are not satisfied with the quality of the light.