Upgrade Your Fluorescent T12 Lighting

If you haven’t replaced your outdated and inefficient T12 lighting, now is the time to upgrade to high-performance T8 (HPT8) lighting. As mandated by federal regulations, the manufacture of T12 fluorescent lamps has been banned as of July 14, 2012. Businesses that upgrade to HPT8 lighting can avoid dwindling supplies and increased prices of T12 lighting products.

HPT8 lighting provides up to 50% energy savings over T12 lamps, with significantly longer lamp life and improved lighting quality. The DCSEU provides qualifying District businesses with financial incentives and qualified contractor services for upgrading their T12 lighting. Contact us for details about incentives for your business to upgrade to HPT8 lighting at info@dcseu.com or 202-479-2222.

Make the Switch to LED Lighting

LEDs use up to 80% less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last up to 10 times longer. Combine that with the reduced heat output of LED lighting, and it’s a winning combination for your business.

Custom Rebates

Not sure where to start? Don't see a rebate listed for your equipment? The DCSEU's Account Management team can help you make the right choice for your business. Find out more about custom rebates.

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Lighting Controls (Occupancy Sensors & Daylight Sensors) Rebate/Sensor
Wall-Mounted Occupancy Sensor:  Minimum 175 watts Controlled $30
Fixture-Mounted Occupancy Sensor:  Minimum 30 watts Controlled $20
Remote-Mounted Occupancy Sensor:  Minimum 175 watts Controlled $30
Fixture-Mounted Daylight Sensor:  Minimum 30 watts Controlled $20
Remote-Mounted Daylight Sensor:  Minimum 30 watts Controlled $40
LED Pin and Screw Based LightingRebate
ENERGY STAR® Directional R/BR/PAR 38-40   $5 / Bulb
ENERGY STAR® Directional R/BR/PAR 30 $5 / Bulb
ENERGY STAR® Directional (R/PAR 20) $5 / Bulb
ENERGY STAR® (MR / PAR 16)  $5 / Bulb
ENERGY STAR® Omnidirectional (A-Type or Globe) $3 / Bulb
ENERGY STAR® (Candle / Decorative) $3 / Bulb
Interior LED LightingRebate
Recessed & Surface/Pendant-Mounted Downlight Fixtures $15
Track Lighting Fixtures (Per Fixture Head) - Screw and Pin Based products not eligible under this category $15
Portable Desk/Task Light Fixtures $15
Undercabinet Shelf-Mounted Task Light Fixtures $5
Refrigerated Case Light Door Fixtures (per linear foot) $5
Freezer Case Light Door Fixtures (per linear foot) $5
Display Case Light Door Fixtures (per linear foot) $5
Ambient Light FixturesRebate
2' x 2' Ambient Light Fixtures (Recessed, Surface and retrofit kits are eligible; Lamp and lamp style retrofit kits are EXCLUDED) $15
2' x 4' Ambient Light Fixtures (Recessed, Surface and retrofit kits are eligible; Lamp and lamp style retrofit kits are EXCLUDED) $15
1' x 4' Ambient Light Fixtures (Recessed, Surface and retrofit kits are eligible; Lamp and lamp style retrofit kits are EXCLUDED) $15
LED Surface and Suspended Linear Fixtures  $15
HIGH & LOW BAY Fixtures $60
DLC® 2' Replacement Lamps (Tubes) $2 / Tube
DLC® 4' Replacement Lamps (Tubes) $3 / Tube
Exterior LED Lighting (see application for qualifying DLC classifications)Rebate
LED Exterior Fixtures <= 5,000 lumens $30
LED Exterior Fixtures 5,001-10,000 lumens $40
LED Exterior Fixtures 10,001-15,000 lumens $50
LED Exterior Fixtures > 15,000 lumens $80


All projects must be submitted for pre-approval prior to the purchase of equipment. Applications that are not submitted for pre-approval are not guaranteed to receive rebates from the DCSEU.

Total rebates are limited to $50,000 per location, per fiscal year.

Projects must involve a facility improvement that results in a permanent reduction in electrical and or/natural gas energy usage (kWh).

Projects that are NOT eligible for rebates through this program include but are not limited to the following:

  • Fuel switching (e.g. electric to gas or gas to electric);
  • Changes in operational and/or maintenance practices, or simple control modifications not involving capital expenditure;
  • On-site electricity generation;
  • Projects focused primarily on power factor improvement;
  • Projects that involve peak-shifting (time of day savings) (and not kWh savings);
  • Renewable energy projects;

Any products installed at a facility must be sustainable and provide 100% of the energy benefits as stated in the application for a period of at least five (5) years or for the life of the product, whichever is less.  If the customer ceases to be a delivery-service customer of Pepco Holdings, Inc. and/or Washington Gas Light Co., or removes the products or systems at any time during the five-year period or the life of the product, the customer will be required to return a prorated amount of rebate funds to the DCSEU.  Exceptions may apply for customers upgrading to more efficient products at their own expense.

  • All equipment must be new; used or refurbished equipment is NOT eligible rebates.
  • All installed equipment must meet state, federal, or local codes and requirements.
  • Gas equipment installations must be performed by a licensed trade professional in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and District of Columbia code requirements.
  • Projects must be installed on the municipal utility account listed on the application.

Technical Specifications

Before you purchase your lighting, make sure it qualifies for DCSEU rebates.

LED Technical Specifications (pdf)

New Pin-Based CFL Fixtures

  • Fixtures must be hard-wired.
  • Standard screw-base fixtures do not qualify under the DCSEU's Standard Rebates

Occupancy Sensors

  • Must be a hard-wired or wirelessly controlled occupancy sensor.
  • Remote or wall-mounted occupancy sensors must control at least 175 watts of efficient fixtures.
  • Fixture-mounted occupancy sensors must control at least 30 watts of efficient fixtures.
  • Sensors must be passive, infrared, ultrasonic, or a combination.
  • Rebate is per sensor.

Daylight Sensors

  • Daylight systems must be fully commissioned to realize savings.
  • Remote-mounted daylight sensors must control at least 75 watts of efficient fixtures.
  • Fixture-mounted daylight sensors must control at least 30 watts of efficient fixtures.
  • Rebate is per sensor.

Apply For Rebates

To apply for rebates, carefully follow the steps below:

  1. Download the rebate application (xlsx). Projects must use the current application.
  2. Submit your application for pre-approval.
  3. Receive confirmation of pre-approval and reservation of funds from the DCSEU.
  4. Submit your invoices and other required documents to the DCSEU via BusinessRebates@dcseu.com. Within five days of submitting final documents, you must provide the DCSEU access to your facility for inspection. The purchase and installation of materials must take place during the 90 day reservation period. Materials purchased 6 months prior to receiving pre-approval letter are not eligible for this program.
  5. Receive your rebate check from the DCSEU after your project has been inspected. Please allow up to 60 days for receipt of your rebate.

For questions about equipment rebates, or for questions about embarking on energy efficiency upgrades in your business, please contact the DCSEU at 202-479-2222 or info@dcseu.com.