SME Supports for Lighting Upgrades

New Pilot Grant Scheme!

SEAI want to help you reduce your energy use and costs, making you more competitive as a result. To do this, we have recently launched our Smart Lighting grant scheme which will support you in carrying out a lighting upgrade.

Energy efficient lighting can save you up to 90% on your annual lighting electricity costs!

Lighting was selected, as it is a technology that all SMEs are affected by. Lighting technology has improved drastically in the last 10 years, so the impacts are substantial.

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Who Should Apply?

SME's located in the Republic of Ireland, with less than 250 employees and which have an annual turnover not exceeding EUR 50 million, and/or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding EUR 43 million are eligible to apply.

The sectors selected below were chosen as they have longer operating hours and therefore have higher electricity lighting costs.

Small SMEs are the focus of this pilot as they are the SMEs that find it hardest to invest in this technology without supports.

Applicants must be from the following sectors: (other sectors considered on a case-by-case basis, check outour guidance sheetfor more information)

  • Fitness Centres
  • Retailers
  • Small Hotels / Large B&Bs
  • Pharmacies
  • Nursing Homes
  • Jewellers

Applications must entail a whole building or facility, which includes lighting upgrades undertaken in all service areas within the building.

What is Supported?

SEAI will cover up to 40% of the cost of replacing existing lighting. This lighting must be in working order and in a building that is in general use at the time of the application.

Technologies covered include:

  • New energy efficient light products. These products must be on the SEAI triple E register and eligible for Accelerated Capital Allowance.
  • Lighting controls
Contact Information and Useful GuidesHow to Apply


Applicants can consult SEAI in advance of making an application by emailing: or call us on 01 8082100

Applications should be submitted by email to

Once an application is received by SEAI, an acknowledgement will issued within five working days.

Useful documents include:

Smart Lighting information guide


User-guide for smart lighting audit

Sample installation specification


To be considered applicants must provide:

  1. A completed application form.
  2. Complete either a simple lighting evaluation workbook, or a detailed lighting evaluation workbook; (The simple workbook can be used for 'like-for-like' more efficient lamp replacement, the detailed should be used for new lighting design, different technology design, etc.)
  3. Provide a schedule of light fittings / lamps being replaced. Here's a handy sample of what you'll need.
  4. Project needs to be fully completed and a claim for payment submitted by 13th October 2017.


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