The U.S. Department of Energy made an exciting announcement this morning: Philips Lighting North America won the Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize (L Prize) competition!
The DOE launched the L Prize competition three years ago as an initiative to push lighting manufacturers to create incredibly energy-efficient and high-performance replacements for conventional light bulbs. Philips submitted their entry to the 60-watt replacement bulb category back in 2009, and that entry has been undergoing eighteen months of rigorous product testing to ensure it meets the DOE’s high standards.
The winning entry consumes just 10 watts of energy, lasts more than 25,000 hours, and delivers excellent light output equivalent to that of a 60 watt incandescent light bulb. The product could arrive in stores as early as 2012!
Philips will receive a $10 million cash prize as well as other partner incentives. For more information, read the Philips press release. What do you think of the replacement bulb (photo above)?