Instant Discounts – Easiest Energy Rebate Program Around

Instant Discounts – Easiest Energy Rebate Program Around
Mar 05 2018

One of the most popular programs (it even won a big award this year!) in the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program over the past 10 years has been the Instant Discount program.Previously known as the Business Instant Lighting Discounts Program, the Instant Discounts program is designed to help commercial customers acquire discounted energy efficient projects without jumping through any hoops.

This program has been widely popular over the years, and contractors to property managers in Chicagoland have replaced a ton of lighting to LED via this simple program for ComEd rebates. Here are a few highlights for 2018.

LED Tubes

LED Tubes are by far the most popular product in this program. This program supports Type A and Type B tubes, which I’ll describe below. If you are interested in Type C Tubes (new LED driver included), then you’ll need to participate in the Small Business Offering or Standard Energy Savings programs.

  • Type A – Type A tube replacements have a $4 instant incentive and usually cost between $6 and $10 without a rebate. This type of tube is designed to be used with an existing electronic ballast, so really you are just removing a T8 fluorescent lamp and installing a 10-17 watt Tubular LED product. Our preference these days is a 4000k 13W Philips LED tube for office settings, or a 16.5 W HO 5000k Philips LED tube for warehouse or manufacturing settings. Both are eligible for the $4 instant discount.  Note that T5 Type A lamps have a $5 Instant Discount.
  • Type B – Type B tube replacements also have a $4 instant incentive, and usually cost between $6 and $10 as well. The advantage of this style is that the hot and neutral wires are directly wired to the sockets of the fixture, so there is no need for an external ballast or driver. While this keeps material costs down, it does create a bit more labor costs than a Type A. For this reason, we typically recommend Type A through the instant incentive program.

Screw in LED Lamps

Screw in lamps (PARs, MRs, BRs, G25s) have been the base of much of the savings in the energy efficiency world for the past 10 years. Today, while a lot of our marketplace are LEDs, there is still a lot of work to be done. If you have any of these lamps not converted to LED in your commercial setting, these are among the best ROIs available and are low hanging fruit. In fact, property management groups can save almost $5 per year by replacing a 13 watt CFL with a 9 Watt LED A lamp, and this is prevalent throughout a lot of multifamily buildings in Illinois.

  • Par16 and Par20 – $6 off
  • Par30 – $8 off
  • Par38 – $10 off
  • Mr16 – $3 off
  • Decorative (B12, B11, candle bulbs) – $3 off
  • Directional Reflector lamps (BR30, R20, Br40) – $4 off

Already sounding good to you? Shoot us an email to ask for pricing and quantities.

Trim Kits

We absolutely love trim kits at Verde – they are very versatile and really improve the quality of light that comes out of a fixture. Trim kits typically replace a Br30 or the ever challenging PTL fluorescent lamps. They are typically a bit labor intensive, and while there are energy savings, this is more about upgrading the look and feel of spaces. The instant incentive for this fixture is currently $10, an increase from previous years and one of our most successful products.

Exit Signs

Exit Signs are a great opportunity for energy efficiency, and as this former firefighter can attest, an important consideration for your building. Current LED products last up to 100,000 hours, which can avoid fines and safety concerns with exits being improperly lit.

  • Screw in LEDs (white and red lamps) are available with a $5 per lamp rebate
  • Hardwired LED replacements are also available with a $20 per lamp rebate. Labor is often higher with this replacement, but it is required in signs where there are currently PTL style lamps.

New to 2020 – HID LED Products

This year, ComEd has begun providing incentives for “corn cob LEDs” or HID replacements. While this product can be challenging to use at times to get a good light output, it is versatile and good for many applications.

  • Mogul Base (E39) over 100 watts – $55 rebate / lamp
  • Mogul Base (E39) less than 100 watts – $25 rebate /lamp
  • Standard Base (E26) – $20 rebate /lamp

Wall Packs/Fixtures

  • $12/fixture under 50 watts
  • $20/fixture 50 to 99 watts
  • $50/fixture over 100 watts
  • $10/fixtures for Energy Star fixtures less than 40 Watts
  • $25/fixture for Energy Star fixtures greater than 40 Watts

Pin Based LED

  • $5 per lamp for 4 Pin-base LED
  • $5 per lamp for 2 Pin-base LED


Brand new to 2020 is an instant discount on high efficiency commercial RTU equipment.  While not as significant as Small Business Offering incentives, it is an easier way to get new equipment at a discounted price.

Please reach out with any questions, and as Verde Energy Efficiency Experts is a 2018 Instant Discounts Distributor – we are happy to help you with any product purchases. Come pick up lamps at our warehouse today, or better yet, enjoy a free site visit from our energy efficiency analysts to make sure your product color temperature and wattage selection is right from the get go.


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