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September 29, 2010

DOE Announces Winners of the Lighting for Tomorrow 2010 Competition

Side-by-side photos of an unlit and lit bulb, which has a standard screw-in base and a bulb-like shape.

Philips Lighting won the first "LED replacement lamp" award for its 12-watt substitute for a 60-watt incandescent bulb, shown here unlit (left) and lit (right). The EnduraLED A19 lamp will be available later this year.
Credit: Lighting for Tomorrow

DOE, the American Lighting Association (ALA), and the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), announced the winners of the Lighting for Tomorrow competition on September 24. The winning solid-state lighting (SSL) fixtures all featured light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and were submitted by Edge Lighting and Kichler Lighting, both of which won two awards. Honorable mentions went to Albeo Technologies, Inc.; Blackstone International Ltd.; and Cree LED Lighting. In addition, Philips Lighting won the first award for an LED replacement lamp. Awards for lighting controls went to Legrand/Pass & Seymour, Leviton Manufacturing Company, and Lutron Electronics Company.

The annual competition aims to increase market acceptance and awareness of energy-efficient lighting by recognizing the best-designed energy-efficient lighting products available to the residential market. Design competitions are a key part of DOE's national strategy to accelerate the advancement of SSL technology from laboratory to the marketplace. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and other SSL technologies have the potential to cut U.S. lighting energy use by one-fourth by 2030. In addition to advancing energy efficiency, SSL lamps and fixtures last longer and offer opportunities for U.S. global leadership in technology development and manufacturing.

DOE has worked with its partners to run the Lighting for Tomorrow competition since 2004. This year, the lighting competition focused on SSL technologies and was expanded beyond fixtures to include LED replacement bulbs. The competition also included lighting control devices that are compatible with such energy-efficient technologies as LEDs and fluorescent lamps. Fifty companies submitted 107 products that were evaluated by a panel of judges representing a cross section of industry. See the DOE press release, the Lighting for Tomorrow Web site, and DOE's Solid-State Lighting Web site.