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Philips LED wins US Government lighting prize

04 August 2011

NEW YORK: Philips, a member of The Climate Group, has been awarded the first L Prize for energy efficiency, by the US Government’s Department of Energy (DoE)

The DoE awarded the lighting company a $10 million cash prize for its 60-watt equivalent LED bulb, which is on track to be sold to consumers by 2012.

The bulb uses the same design as Philips’ commercial LEDS, but went through an extensive 18 months of testing to ensure that its performance, quality, lifetime, cost and availability were up to the standard needed for large-scale adoption and mass production.

Philips’ winning bulb can produce the same amount of light as a 60-watt incandescent at 900 lumens, but impressively consumes less than 10 watts. It also has a lifetime rated at a staggering 25,000 hours.

These credentials push the bulb into the same league as ENERGY STAR-rated compact florescent lights, proving the innovative design is leading the way in energy efficient lighting.

Steven Chu, Energy Secretary stated: "The L Prize challenges the best and brightest minds in the US lighting industry to make the technological leaps forward that can greatly reduce the money we spend to light our homes and businesses each year.  Not only does the L Prize challenge innovative companies like Philips to make LED technology even more energy efficient, it also spurs the lighting industry to make LEDs affordable for American families."

Zia Eftekhar, CEO, Philips Lighting North America said: “We looked at the L Prize challenge as an opportunity to innovate and develop an energy efficient alternative to a product that has remained largely unchanged for over a century."

Phil Jessup, Head of International Lighting, The Climate Group, says of Philips’ achievement: “Philips’ L-Prize win is a major milestone in the advance of LED lighting globally. In the US alone, if every 60 watt incandescent lamp were replaced by Philips’ 60 watt bulb, 20 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions would be avoided. Innovations in lighting products like these reduce national energy use, create jobs, and save money for consumers. Congratulations to the lighting design team at Philips, for helping drive a Clean Revolution.”

The Department of Energy's L Prize competition was launched in 2008, and challenges the 60-watt bulb because it is one of the most popularly used light bulbs, representing around 50% of the domestic incandescent light bulb market.  

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