|Philips wins L Prize for 60W-replacement LED lamp
|03 Aug 2011|
|Philips Lighting North America has won the 60W-replacement LED lamp category of the US Department of Energy’s L Prize competition.
Philips Lighting North America has announced that it has won the US Department of Energy’s 60-watt replacement bulb category of the Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize (L Prize) competition (view press release).
Samples of the Philips 10-watt LED lamp were submitted in 2009 and have completed 18 months of field, lab and product testing. Performance requirements included an output in excess of 900 lm, and a useful lifetime of more than 25,000 hours.
Philips says that it will receive $10 million as a cash prize, and will also participate in L Prize partner programs and incentives.
Philips also says that the lamp “could arrive in stores as soon as early 2012.”
A more in-depth version of this story will be posted on the LEDs Magazine website very shortly.
|Name: der luminator Posted: Wed, 03 Aug 2011 19:08|
|The they did field, lab AND product testing. Wow!
In a contest that had the bar set so high that only two massive multi-nationals could compete, the 10 million dollar price goes to a company that really does not need the money.
Why is it that after 50 years of the USA living relatively unencumbered with "cool white" fluorescents and "warm white" incandescents, all of a sudden the EPA and DOE have become lighting experts that see the need to control, certify and accredit every aspect of consumer - uh, sorry - solid state lighting?
Could it be that these very same multinationals have a vested interest in these very high and precise standards, as they leave many small and mid-size companies unable to comply with extremely expensive testing and certification protocol requirements?
Plus, you will never get ENERGY STAR for any SSL over 4500K, as the CRI is unacceptably low at less than 80, so even if you prefer the inherently more efficacious "daylight" solid state lighting, you can forget about the rebates an ES qualification might bring.
Just shoot me.
|Name: vrcherukuri Posted: Thu, 04 Aug 2011 09:08|
|I completely agree with this comment. What is VERY, VERY surprising is that Philips won! Of all the companies in the world, who are far more superior in technology and capabilities than Philips, Philips won! No offence to Philips - they are a very professional company, but many others are much superior. Right from radios, televisions, lighting systems, almost every product, Philips is NOT the best. This must be THE SCAM OF THE YEAR in Lighting industry in USA and definitely stage managed. Philips certainly seems to be leading the way in "man-management technology." Why, even a "no name " Chinese small fry will do equally good. I disagree with this CRI standards too, since they do not make sense to me at least. |
|Name: ledfan Posted: Thu, 04 Aug 2011 15:08|
|I disagree with your comments about CRI and color. When CFLs came out, the hope was they would be widely accepted and be a big boost to reduced energy use in the US. This never really happened. There was lots of junk out there, poor (cool) colors, and other well known issues. Many of these issues or no longer true for good CFLs, but the damage was done. This time our government wants to prevent it from happening again with SSL. They made rules that specifically address all of the previous complaints in this competition. These rules are targeted to specifically replace an A19 incandescent. They are going for the hold outs that did not or could not switch to CFL. Yes, small companies cannot compete well, but not because they cannot make the bulb, its because they do not have the ability to deliver the required quantity. Those small companies may not win the L-prize, but they are still shooting for the same specs and will make plenty of $ selling bulbs that match them, but ONLY if the general population associate SSL with quality and pleasing light. For most people, 4500k is not considered pleasing, at least not when replacing an incandescent. |
|Name: lightguy us Posted: Thu, 04 Aug 2011 19:08|
|Not to worry about the regulations. The budget bill passed yesterday by the US congress cut all the funding for enforcement of energy-standard regulations. The next step will be to eliminate or reduce the now unenforcable standards.|
|Name: building prof Posted: Tue, 15 Nov 2011 18:11|
|I agree with ledfan. There is so much more to this than simple competition. The goal is to reduce energy consumption and make the switch to these bulbs attractive to homeowners and businesses. I live in California and Anterres LED manufacturers (one of the best in the country)is in Orange County. They could not compete because they cannot produce the quantity. But they are American made bulbs.
It is important to take a step back and look at the whole picture. Instead of just being pissed off about more regulation. Be thankful that the current administration is going through all the laws thus far and discarding outdated ineffective laws. Regulation is necessary and should reflect the needs of the current American population.
One of our needs is to become energy independent. Accolades to Phillips for being a corporation making a statement that energy efficiency is good for the country. Did they piss off the coal mining giants? Who cares?