Department of Energy announce Philips as a winner

A division of Philips has won the “Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize” for the EndraLED Light Bulb, along with the massive $10 million US government prize. This was after it passed an 18 month testing period by the US Department of Energy.

The competition was designed by the US government in 2008 to encourage companies to produce reliable and cost-effective substitutes for the standard 60-watt incandescent globe. The new EndraLED light bulb that resembles a lemon (see picture), has the output, quality and colour of a standard 60-watt incandescent bulb.

” The Philips L-Prize award-winning bulb demonstrates that it’s possible to mass-produce an LED light bulb that does everything the 125-year-old bulb can do, and with only a fraction of the electricity, ” said Noah Horowitz, senior scientist for the Natural Resources Defence Council.

An article on the Philips website claims that the bulb lasts 25 times longer and uses 80 per cent less energy than the 60-watt incandescent bulb it was designed to replace. It also indicates that we could expect this new light globe available in stores from as early as 2012. This is great news for consumers lighting options and the environment.