LED Lighting Rebates

Overview

Using LED lighting in your home, rental property or business conserves energy and saves you money. LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs use about 75% less energy and last 15 to 20 times longer than incandescent bulbs. ENERGY STAR®-certified fixtures and bulbs provide the same amount of light as incandescent or halogen bulbs while giving you a true and natural color without the flicker or noise of traditional bulbs.

Residential LED Rebate Details*

You receive an instant rebate at checkout when they buy any ENERGY STAR® LED bulb or fixture with a Tacoma Power sticker on it at participating stores. You do not need to fill out any forms, you simply save at the time of purchase.

Rental Property LED Rebate Program Details

On average, lighting accounts for 20-40% of the total electric bill for rental properties, so installing energy-efficient LED bulbs can help you save money on your electric bills and use less energy.

We offer rebates for up to 60% off your total lighting project cost. Two rebates for lighting upgrades are available for rental properties with two or more units:

  • Get $5 per bulb to replace your incandescent bulbs with LED lights (minimum 665 lumens) in tenant controlled interior and exterior areas.
  • Get a rebate for upgrading the lighting in common areas, hallways, parking lots and clubhouses. Use our Bright Rebates Calculator to determine your exact rebate amount.

To potentially save even more money, schedule a free energy assessment with one of our energy efficiency specialists. These on-site visits can help identify cost-effective improvements for individual units and common areas. We can also answer your questions, provide a list of participating contractors and help you develop an upgrade plan that best meets your needs and budget.

To schedule your assessment, contact us at (253) 502-8363 or rebates@cityoftacoma.org.

Rebate Requirements for Lighting in Tenant Units

  • Rental properties must have two or more units
  • Existing fixtures and bulbs must be incandescent
  • Contractor must submit a lighting plan, product specification sheet and receive Tacoma Power approval prior to purchase and installation
  • LED bulbs must be on the ENERGY STAR® approved products list
  • We may conduct a comprehensive property assessment prior to project completion
  • Property must be served by Tacoma Power

If you are doing the lighting upgrade yourself, in addition to the above requirements:

  • You must submit copies of product receipts or invoices
  • Rebate applies only to material costs, not labor
  • Rebate cannot exceed the total cost of materials

Not Eligible

  • New construction
  • Single-unit rental properties

Rebate Requirements for Lighting in Common Areas

  • Rental properties must have two or more units
  • Replacement fixtures must be LEDs with photocell controls (where applicable)
  • LED lamps and fixtures must be listed on one of the approved-products lists (DesignLights® Consortium or ENERGY STAR®)
  • Contractor must submit a lighting plan and product specification sheets to Tacoma Power for approval prior to purchase and installation
  • Proposal must include a completed Bright Rebates Calculator Application with qualifying replacements
  • We will conduct a comprehensive, on-site property assessment prior to project completion
  • Property must be served by Tacoma Power

Not Eligible

  • New construction
  • Single-unit rental properties

Commercial LED Rebate Program Details

Updating light bulbs and fixtures is a cost-effective way to save money and energy at your business. Along with the monthly savings you will see on your utility bill, our Bright Rebates Program can reduce the total cost of your lighting upgrade project by up to 60%.

Commercial upgrades eligible for a rebate include:

  • Switching from incandescent to CFL or LED fixtures and lamp replacements
  • Switching from T12 to T8 or T5, high-performance T-8 or LED fixtures or retrofits
  • Upgrading from magnetic HID to electronic ballasted HID, fluorescent or LED lights
  • Switching exit sign bulbs from incandescent to LED
  • Installing occupancy sensors and lighting controls

Learn more about your commercial lighting options with our Lighting Guide.

For more information about the Bright Rebates Program, contact us at (253) 502-8619 or BrightRebates@cityoftacoma.org.

Commercial Rebate Requirements

  • Your business must be a Tacoma Power customer served by a business rate
  • You must submit an application with required documents and obtain project approval before installing any materials
  • CFL bulbs must be on the ENERGY STAR® light bulbs approved list
  • LED fixtures and lamps must be listed on one of the following approved lists:

Additional Commercial LED Rebate Information

*Program requirements and rebate amounts are subject to change without notice. Check with Tacoma Power for current information. Energy and heating savings are estimates only. Actual savings may vary. Tacoma Power does not make any representations, promises or warranties with respect to actual cost savings from any of the products. Tacoma Power does not endorse any particular contractor, manufacturer or product.

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