In what can be seen as both a milestone technological accomplishment and a starting point for LED lighting in general-use applications, Philips Lighting North America last week was awarded the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize (aka the “L-Prize”). Philips won $10 million for being the first manufacturer to meet DOE’s criteria for a solid-state lamp that qualifies as a high-efficiency replacement for the 60W incandescent lamp. With the win, the Somerset, N.J.-based ...

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