L Prize Competition Overview
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 directs the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to establish the Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize (L Prize) competition. The L Prize competition is the first government-sponsored technology competition designed to spur development of ultra-efficient solid-state lighting products to replace the common light bulb.
The legislation challenges industry to develop replacement technologies for two of today’s most widely used and inefficient technologies:
It also calls for development of a 21st Century Lamp that delivers more than 150 lm/W (this competition will be defined in a future L Prize announcement). The L Prize competition will award significant cash prizes, plus opportunities for federal purchasing agreements, utility programs, and other incentives for winning products.
The L Prize competition includes technical specifications to ensure compliance with the general requirements outlined in the legislation, with additional details specified for quality, performance, and mass manufacturing. The competition also includes a rigorous evaluation process for proposed products, designed to detect and address product weaknesses before market introduction, to avoid problems with long-term market acceptance. Comprehensive product evaluation will include performance and lifetime testing conducted by independent laboratories, field assessments conducted in collaboration with utilities and other partners, and stress testing under extreme conditions. Learn more >.
Program partners will play an important role in promoting and developing markets for the winning L Prize products. Product promotions might include utility incentives, collaborative marketing and educational campaigns, retail partnerships, and demonstrations. A growing number of energy efficiency program partners across the country are poised to participate in product evaluation and promotion of the winning L Prize products. Learn more >