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Sunday, October 25, 2009

US Department of Energy L Prize (L = Lighting)

The US Department of Energy is sponsoring a competition, the L Prize Competition, to build a better lightbulb.  The 60 Watt incandescent replacement will use less than 10 Watts

" ... competition will substantially accelerate America's shift from inefficient, dated lighting products to innovative, high-performance products. ... the L Prize will drive innovation and market adoption. ...

is the first government-sponsored technology competition designed to spur lighting manufacturers to develop high-quality, high-efficiency solid-state lighting products to replace the common light bulb."

"If every socket in the U.S. converted their 60W incandescent lamps to the 10 W L Prize winner, the country would save approximately 34.0 Terawatt-hours of electricity in one year, and avoid 5.6 million metric tons of carbon emissions.... enough electricity to power the lights of 17.4 million U.S. households, or nearly twice the annual electricity consumption of the city of Las Vegas."

Via: lightingprize.org LINK
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