Philips Wins $10M USD Gov't L-Prize for World's Most Efficient Light Bulb
February 27, 2012 10:54 AM
Bulb will debut at $50; nobody said "perfection" was cheap
Nearly four years have passed since the
U.S. Department of Energy
(DOE) announced the "
", a $20M USD reward to the first company who successfully produced a
light-emitting diode (LED) bulb
meeting a special set of criteria in terms of energy efficiency and lighting performance. The prize took money from allocations made by the
Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007
, signed into law by former President George W. Bush.
I. Koninklijke Philips Wins the L Prize
The years have passed and at last there is a winner. The prize has been awarded to a design from Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. (
), an Amsterdam, Netherlands-based global electronics company.
The winning design is dubbed the "Philips Award Winning LED Bulb". Its specs easily meet the L Prize criteria:
A video on the testing process is seen below:
The Philips bulb survived all the tests, emerging with flying colors. It did particularly well in longevity testing, showing almost no performance degradation after predicted at 25,000 hours (1041 days, or almost 3 years of continuous operation).
II. For $50 is the L Prize Bulb Worth It?
The bulb trims over 2.5W off Philip's previous generation LED bulb designs, a power savings of roughly 20 percent. Unfortunately those savings come at a cost -- where as Philip's previous generation models are retailing for
around $33 USD
, the new bulb retails for $49.95 USD, nearly 50% more expensive. The bulb is assembled in the U.S. from components manufactured in Shenzhen, China with LED chips made in San Jose, Calif.
Philips Professional Luminaires CEO Zia Eftekhar (left) and Philips Lighting North America CEO Ed Crawford accept the L-Prize award from Dr. Arun Majumdar, a senior DOE official.
[Image Source: DOE/Koninklijke Philips]
The pricey bulb has a 29 percent wall-plug efficiency ratio -- compared to the 60W incandescent lamp’s 12% and a CFL’s 19% wall-plug efficiency. The new design delivers 90 lm/W (an efficiency measure) –compared to an average 60W incandescent with about 13 lm/W or a CFL with about 53 lm/W.
Detailed information about its color and luminosity performance is available
[PDF], direct from Philips.
The bulb carries a distinct yellowish hue when powered off, but Philips assures that the "remote phosphor" (yellow) disappears when the bulb is powered on. The emitted light is white with a slightly yellowish hue (as with the standard off-the-shelf incandescent bulbs).
The L-Prize winning bulb design [Image Source: Koninklijke Philips]
Philips is offering a 3-year warranty on the bulb. And it rates it at 30,000+ hours of life.
Given a $0.10 USD per kWH cost of electricity -- a "middle of the road" scenario in the U.S. [
] -- the bulb would save approximately $150 USD over its lifetime ($0.10 USD/kWh * 3e4 h * 0.050 kW) versus an incandescent design. However, the additional 2.5 watts of power savings over previous generation models only represents approximately $7.50 USD more in savings.
Aside from the cost savings, the LED lights also offer smoother dimming than incandescent bulbs, with less impact on longevity. And unlike
compact fluorescent lighbulbs
(CFLs), a rival energy efficient design, they lack
toxic compounds like mercury
Thus the bulb may be sought after by LED lighting enthusiasts, but will likely be overlooked by businesses, which would tend to prefer cheaper, more mature LED designs. However, the technology should eventually fall into line with current generation models price-wise, offering the best of both worlds.
We're still a long way from the promises of some LED researchers --
a 60-year light bulb that costs $2.85 USD
-- but the industry is starting to get to the point where LED lighting makes sense for businesses and consumers from a financial perspective.
You can order the bulb from various sources,
such as Light Bulb Emporium
. It should ship in March.
For its win, Philips receives $10M USD, and free promotion from the DOE. The DOE still has more money to give to other L-Prize winners.
Be careful when browsing sites or shops looking for this bulb as there's many different models out here. Note this is the <10 W Endura series model. This should not be confused with the last-gen 12.5W Endura series model (linked above) or the (last-gen) 8W Ambient Light series.
While the bulb design was an international effort based on the multi-national Koninklijke Philips company, the award winning design was submitted by Philips Lighting North America, who will be producing and marketing the bulb in the U.S.
Light Bulb Emporium [order]
"We can't expect users to use common sense. That would eliminate the need for all sorts of legislation, committees, oversight and lawyers." -- Christopher Jennings
Calif. Discovers Fluorescent Lightbulbs Burning Out Faster Than Predicted
January 25, 2011, 4:23 PM
New Near-Production "Super" Lightbulb Lasts 60 Years, Costs $2.85
January 29, 2009, 4:00 PM
A Brave New LED World
December 15, 2007, 11:12 PM
Australia Makes Move From Incandescent to Fluorescent Lighting
February 21, 2007, 9:19 AM
PIQ ROBOTTM reveals its new artificial intelligence software
November 29, 2016, 12:59 AM
One more time - Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone Around the World
November 24, 2016, 4:00 AM
Google’s Smart Contact Lens Project gets halted for 2016
November 20, 2016, 7:00 AM
Cell Research Study shows African Americans have greater immune response to infection
November 10, 2016, 1:00 AM
UTHealth Clinical Trial Shows Progress Using Stem Cells to Treat Traumatic Brain Injury
November 8, 2016, 1:00 AM
Uber Partners with Circulation to Pilot Program Connecting Transportation and Digital Health Care
November 6, 2016, 5:00 AM
Most Popular Articles
Samsung Galaxy S8, Rumored Launch Date!
March 18, 2017, 6:45 AM
Lenovo MIIX 510 – Excellent 2-In-One Tablet with Unique Watchband Hinge
March 17, 2017, 7:50 AM
Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming G1 – Intel Thunderbolt 3 Certified Motherboard
March 9, 2017, 6:25 AM
Lenovo ThinkPad T460 - Ultra-Thin and Feather-light
March 3, 2017, 6:00 AM
Nokia has ditched this camera technology in its new smartphones
March 7, 2017, 8:45 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Apple buys an automation app called Workflow. The deal was completed today and brings the app along with its developers.
Mar 23, 2017, 7:35 AM
Apple Announces new color for iPhones and iPads
Mar 22, 2017, 7:45 AM
Instagram: You Can Now Save Live Videos For Later
Mar 21, 2017, 7:49 AM
Samsung Galaxy S8 to Get New Color Scheme
Mar 20, 2017, 7:45 AM
What else to worry about?
Mar 17, 2017, 6:45 AM
Icon of the Day: Intel/ NVIDIA or Mobileye
Mar 16, 2017, 6:15 AM
JUST IN - Twitter Hijacked : High-Profile Account Accesses
Mar 15, 2017, 7:07 AM
Mar 14, 2017, 7:30 AM
News and Tips
Mar 13, 2017, 6:30 AM
iPhone 8 – May Not Get Curved Screen
Mar 11, 2017, 8:00 AM
California paves way to self-driving car tests without humans
Mar 11, 2017, 7:18 AM
Smart Machines V hackers
Mar 10, 2017, 7:00 AM
Uber Can Resume Autonomous Car Testing in California
Mar 9, 2017, 6:50 AM
Mar 8, 2017, 7:09 AM
Mar 7, 2017, 8:45 AM
World news 3-6
Mar 6, 2017, 5:40 AM
Mar 4, 2017, 7:40 AM
Mixed News of the Day
Mar 4, 2017, 6:32 AM
Jaguar Land Rover invests in ride-sharing
Mar 3, 2017, 7:00 AM
Mixed News of The World:
Mar 2, 2017, 7:02 AM
World New 3-1
Mar 1, 2017, 6:30 AM
Gaming News of The Day
Feb 28, 2017, 6:56 AM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2017 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information