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Metal halide and high pressure sodium luminaires eligible for LED upgrade incentive

Image of metal halide lighting in a warehouse
You'll still find metal halide lighting in warehouses and other commercial business facilities across B.C., but LED technology now outperforms high-intensity discharges lamps in every way. BC Hydro now offers incentives for LED replacement of select HID lighting.

1500-2000W HIDs added to our list of energy-saving incentives for businesses

Over the years, we've grown accustomed to living and working under certain models of overhead lighting, metal halide and high-pressure sodium lamps among them. Known for their bright light and their ability to withstand cool temperatures, metal halide and high-pressure sodium lights have been used in a variety of lighting applications for decades.

But with declining efficiency and a high cost to operate, this lighting no longer makes sense.

While you may still see metal halide and high-pressure sodium lamps in commercial and industrial facilities and in public spaces such as parking garages and large sports arenas, LED technology now outperforms high-intensity discharges lamps in every way.

For that reason, BC Hydro has made 1500-2000W HID categories for metal halide and high-pressure sodium lamps eligible for upgrade to LED. The HID category has been added to the e.Catalog that lists the configurations and products eligible for our energy-saving incentives for businesses.

Lean on a professional to choose the right option for installation

Formerly known as the Power Smart Alliance, the BC Hydro Alliance of Energy Professionals is a network of energy efficiency trade professionals registered with BC Hydro. Alliance members help business customers find opportunities to save energy, install energy-efficient products and get incentives. In fact, members play a key role in our programs; business customers are required to work with an Alliance member to complete a project and access our incentives.

Before upgrading your lights, ask your Alliance member about the benefits of doing a lighting test. It's a great way to try out samples and see what works best. If you have hundreds of fixtures, just do a small area, so you can see the difference between products.

If you're considering a lighting upgrade and are not yet working with an Alliance Member, we can put you in touch with one.