The US Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 mandates new power consumption levels
There are an estimated 5B bulbs in use today. Anyone wondering why the LED folks are going after the lighting market ?
The U.S. Department of Energy has had a competition running to find a viable replacement for the 60-watt incandescent . It was just announced that after 18 months of testing the Philips Lighting North America bulb had won the DOE’s $10MM prize. The bulbs had to meet or exceed these requirements: “greater than 900 lumens at 10W or less for an efficacy of greater than 90W/lm at a color-corrected temperature of 2700-3000K and a color rendering index of at least 90”. The Philips bulb reportedly exceeded all these requirements during the 18 month trial. Original requirements called for a target retail price of $22 for the first year, $15 for the second year, and $8 in the third year they were offered for sale. Philips has said it plans to offer the bulb for retail sale as soon as early 2012 although reports are that it will sell for ~$60 due to the higher cost of its materials content.
I am pleased to report to you that the CEO of Philips Lighting North America, reports that “...the origins and development of this product, as well as its future manufacturing are all in the United States…. In addition, we have publicly said we will use the L Prize money to expand the manufacturing of this product in the United States. We will do this internally [at Philips facilities] as well as with American partners”[link]. To which I say BRAVO…..seriously BRAVO !.