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philips wins l prize, but the race is still on for a better bulb

by:Grade     2020-03-18
This story is part of a special series to explore energy issues.
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Philips Lighting North America uses a device similar to a segmented lemon, but shines like a normal living room lamp, capturing a very
Waiting $10 million. S.
Government Award, the first super-high competition in production
Efficient replacement of the world\'s most popular bulbs. The U. S.
The Department of Dutch electronics giant Philips won the Bright Tomorrow Lighting Award (L Prize)
After months of testing, the LEDs (LED)
The final processed bulb, measured on output, light quality, strength and color as 60-
Incandescent lamps in Watt. The U. S.
Congress launched the L award in its 2007 energy bill to stimulate advances in lighting technology, while requiring the gradual elimination of efficiency standards for incandescent lighting in 2012.
But with these plans and the speed of high-speed development uncertain, today reached the milestone of the game
The lighting efficiency will be improved.
Philips has proved to be the only official competitor in the competition, and the current bulb retail price is $40, far more than the habit of people buying bulbs. (
Incandescent lamps are available for less than $1. )
Congress continues to work to abolish lighting efficiency standards and save the future of energy
Devouring incandescent lamps.
The heir to Edison\'s invention\'s strong opposition to efficient lighting comes at a time when companies like Philips have demonstrated that the technology can drastically cut the energy needed for filaments --in-glass-
The bulb design, since Thomas Edison was founded, has not changed much. (
Related article: \"On the anniversary of Thomas Edison\'s bulb, lighting breakthrough\"\"The Philips L-Prize award-
The winning bulb proves that mass production is possible.
Produce an LED bulb that can be completed 125-year-
\"The old bulbs can be done, and only a small part of the electricity is needed,\" said Noah Horowitz, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Conservation Commission.
The environmental group is 31 L-
Prize program partner, a group that includes US utilities and energy projects, has been a consultant and has helped test L-on-the-spot-
Prize bulb sample
Final design submitted to the United StatesS.
Department of Energy (DOE)
Nearly two years ago, we experienced a rigorous performance test.
Taillights were placed in corridors and office buildings to simulate the real situation. life use.
They were tested for pressure and were affected by fluctuations in vibration, humidity and voltage.
The Laboratory of the testing center is maintained at 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43. 3°C)
Measure the ability of the bulb to work in a tank ceiling fixture that will heat up when the bulb is turned on for a long time.
The longest part of the test is life measurement.
\"This is very strange,\" James Broderick, L-of the mother\'s head-
Prize-winning competition
The requirement is a bulb that lasts 25,000 hours.
\"It\'s been going on for at least three years, so it\'s the most time-consuming thing.
\"Philips bulbs have been glowing for the last 9,000 hours, and Brodrick and his team record the data of the bulbs every seven days.
Good so far.
\"None of the bulbs went out,\" he said . \"
Philips won not only cash rewards for its achievements, but also federal contracts, so it will be included in the US optionS.
Agencies can consider when purchasing replacement bulbs.
Philips submitted the L Award in 2009 and participated in the competition alone.
Lighting Science Group a 600-
Florida Satellite Beach\'s personal company announced its intention to submit a light bulb in July, followed by General Electric, but neither company competed.
\"We are pleased to be the only one to file any documents,\" said Zia Eftekhar, CEO of Philips Lighting North America . \".
\"Although I am incredibly happy with our victory, it is still a good thing to challenge the industry as a whole to drive technological progress. \"The L-
Bonus Challenge is still open for company to get L-
The Lighting Science Group therefore plans to continue to apply for a light bulb that has been in production for a year.
\"Anything that raises the public\'s awareness of what a good solid is --
Fred mahik said: \"From the point of view of energy consumption and ecological consumption, even to some extent, from a safety point of view, national lighting can do it, we think the chief technology officer of the company.
Fight for consumers, but win consumers may and L-
Prize-winning competition
Compact fluorescent lamp (CFLs)Bottle Opener-
Has become the shape of the actual energy bulb-
Efficient selection, saving about 70% of the energy used by incandescent lamps and lasting longer.
Although this is equivalent to saving hundreds of dollars a year in electricity bills, it means higher electricity bills.
Due to low energy costs, the former costs can be recovered quickly, and CFLs accounts for only 17% of bulb sales. \"[Consumers]
I don\'t really like the quality of the light, or they are worried that they contain some mercury, \"said Steve Nader, executive director of the US Energy Commission --
Efficient Economy.
\"Most compact fluorescent lamps do not work well on dimming switches.
\"That\'s why lighting efficiency advocates have been hoping that led technology can progress to provide white enough and bright enough light for regular bulb replacement.
With the L Award, Congress tested lighting manufacturers to see if they can make bulbs that meet the new efficiency standards, while also easing consumer concerns.
The winning LED lights beat the CFLs in terms of energy saving, saving more than 80% of the energy than the incandescent lamp.
They have passed.
Test in families, grocery stores, hospitals, art museums and restaurants.
It is expected that each bulb will last for three years.
\"They saved a little bit of energy and solved all of these problems,\" Nadel said . \".
\"We just have to drop the price down.
Consumers may be hesitant about the $40 price tag on Philips bulbs, Eftekar said, but he and Nadel agree that costs will not stay high forever.
\"Industry insiders I know all expect prices to drop sharply over time,\" he said . \".
\"There won\'t be six months, but certainly until 2020 ---
Most people I know are looking forward to before that. -
We are talking about products under $10.
Nadel pointed out how the price of CFL plummeted.
\"When I bought my first compact fluorescent in 1979, I bought it for $24.
\"Adjusted for inflation, today is about $75.
\"You can now buy a compact fluorescent at local Lao or Home Depot for about $2 per person,\" he said . \".
\"There is no 100% repetition in history, but it may take a similar path.
\"That is, if the United StatesS.
House out of the way.
The recent attempt to repeal law No. 2007, which requires the phasing out of incandescent lamps, did not pass, but there were attempts to delay implementation through federal budget procedures to reject DOE funding law enforcement.
That could leave the legislation alive, Nader said, but he doubted whether the amendment would be supported by the Senate or the president.
In January, he expected incandescent lamps to be phased out nationwide as planned.
Chelsea White is a reporter for The Medill News Agency.
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