commercial lighting case study - School

Toolern Vale Primary School Saves $16,300


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LED lighting upgrade Toolern Vale Primary

The project

Toolern Vale and District Primary, is a small school of 180 students located 40km north west of Melbourne.

The school engaged the Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI) to conduct an energy assessment. This assessment provided them with practical, tailored advice on how they could reduce their energy consumption and ultimately save money on their energy bills. A significant part of this advice involved upgrading their fluorescent lighting to energy efficient LED tubes.

Summary of work

The school engaged Ecovantage to supply and install 182 new LED tubes to replace their old inefficient halogen fluorescent lighting.

Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) Scheme

The VEET scheme is a state government incentive program aimed at increasing the energy efficiency of homes and businesses across Victoria.

Ecovantage assisted Toolern Vale Primary to access this incentive, which resulted in a saving of $1,856 off the upgrade cost. This reduced their return on investment from 3.05 years to 2.28 years.


The school’s original lighting was patchy with different colours. The new lighting is uniform with higher light output, therefore reducing eye strain and making it more comfortable for the students.

The long lifetime of the LED tubes means the school’s savings will extend for decades in reduced energy costs and non-existent maintenance costs.

The environment will also benefit − carbon emissions from lighting will be reduced by approximately 9,710 kWh or 11.54 tonnes of CO2 per annum.

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