In the video, Steve Landau, director of marketing and communications at Philips Lumileds (San Jose, CA) explains the Philips L Prize entry.
The world's first LED replacement for a 60-watt incandescent bulb is now also the first to earn ENERGY STAR qualification. Philips Lighting announced that the Philips AmbientLED 12.5 watt (also sold professionally under the Philips EnduraLED brand) has met or exceeded the light quality and energy efficiency requirements for a 60-watt LED equivalent set forth by ENERGY STAR. The bulb lasts 25 times longer and uses 80 percent less energy than the 60-watt incandescent bulb it was designed to replace.
"Philips' new LED light bulb is an exciting new addition to the suite of high quality energy efficient lighting products carrying the ENERGY STAR label," said Alex Baker, Lighting Program Manager for ENERGY STAR. "The innovation embodied in this new product demonstrates Philips' commitment to helping American consumers and businesses save energy and save money while protecting the environment." Products that earn the ENERGY STAR label by meeting the quality and energy efficiency requirements set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency are often eligible for utility rebate programs which lower the cost of the product, making it easier for consumers to begin saving energy at home.
To earn an ENERGY STAR label, a 60-watt LED equivalent must have a minimum light output of 800 lumens, a color temperature of 2700K (for soft white light), color rendering index (CRI) of 80 and a minimum three-year warranty, among other requirements. The Philips AmbientLED meets or exceeds these requirements with 806 lumens, 2700K, a CRI of 80 and a six-year warranty.
Philips is also the only company that has submitted an A19 replacement bulb for the U.S. Department of Energy's L Prize contest, which calls for an LED equivalent to the 60-watt bulb that can produce 900 lumens using less than ten watts of electricity. The L Prize is the government-sponsored competition to encourage innovation in the lighting industry. Since the L Prize submission in the fall of 2009, the Philips bulb has been undergoing field, lab and lifetime testing with the DOE.
Department of Energy L Prize website