How to guide



Use the Business Sustainability Checklists to understand current behaviours and how your business can continue to improve lighting efficiency.

By upgrading to more efficient lighting your business can:

  • Cut costs
  • Improve energy consumption
  • Receive additional benefits such as discounts or rebates.

Current programs and incentives

  • The Energy Saving Scheme (ESS) - The ESS acknowledges that LED Lighting reduces energy consumption and can provide consumers with a discount or rebate. Program participation requirements are rigorous and must be performed by an Accredited Certificate provider (ACP).  ACPs are able to further explain ESS program participation requirements.
  • Lighting for Small Businesses - Apply to have LEDs subsided through the NSW Government program for small businesses.
  • LED Training Courses - The NSW Government’s Department of Energy provide training courses for businesses looking to improve the energy efficiency of their lighting systems.
  • LED Recycling - You can easily recycle LED lights. There are a number of businesses that will collect LEDs from businesses.

Additional resources

The switch – It’s easy to make!

As per Energy NSW, making a switch to LED lighting can enable your business to reduce your overall costs, with an estimated saving of $2,300 annually (when 50 halogen bulbs are replaced by LEDs). 

LEDs also reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, lasting 5 to 10 times longer than standard bulbs.

Conduct a lighting review

  • Identify which bulbs can be swapped directly to LEDs

  • Identify which lights will need their fixtures replaced to accommodate LEDs

  • Contact an accredited electrician

Buyer beware 

Currently in Australia, the manufacturing of LEDs is not regulated. Ensure you purchase the right LEDs by using the following resources;