The U.S. Department of Energy has announced that Philips Lighting North America has won the Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize (L Prize) in the 60-watt replacement bulb category. The competition was set up to challenge the lighting industry to come up with high performance, energy saving replacements for conventional light bulbs – saving consumers and businesses money.
It’s calculated that if every 60-watt incandescent bulb in the U.S. was replaced with this winning 10-watt bulb then the nation would save about 35 terawatt-hours of electricity or $3.9 billion in one year and avoid 20 million metric tons of carbon emissions.
After 18 months of rigorous testing Philips was able to ensure that performance, quality, lifetime cost and availability met the requirements needed for widespread adoption and mass manufacturing.
Speaking about the competition, Energy Secretary Steven Chu commented, “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.”
When asked about the competition, Zia Eftekhar, CEO of 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. The fact that we are the first and only company capable of submitting a product and completing 18 months of rigorous testing not only underscores our commitment to innovation and quality, it highlights our ability to bring meaningful leading technologies into the mainstream.”