If you are considering a retrofit of your fluorescent fixtures with ballast compatible LED T8 tubes, getting the utility
rebate should be a no-brainer, right? The answer will surprise you. Recently a few utility rebate programs began offering
rebates for ballast-compatible LED tubes only, and some go as far as dictating that you must install a new ballast to
get these rebates. This not only increases your initial installation cost (compatible ballast and labor), but also
increases future energy usage (ballast draws additional power) and long term maintenance costs (compatible ballasts
require maintenance/replacement). Many times these additional costs are not considered in "Total Cost" calculations.
Other factors to consider:
EXAMPLE: If the ballast is retained, there is an additional cost of $18.14 over (5) years and $39.28 over (10) years.
Can you afford to take a rebate at $5.00/tube with these additional costs? Ask your CFO.