Philips Color Kinetics has been honored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), receiving an award for “Significant Achievement in Solid-State Lighting Research & Development.” The award recognizes Philips’ progress on an 18-month project intended to produce a highly efficient LED PAR lamp.
According to test results, the lamp being developed is already significantly more efficient than comparable LED PAR 38 lamps on the market, and 4-5 times more efficient than incandescent lamps. With an ultimate performance target of approximately 70 lumens/W, the fully realized lamp will meet or exceed the efficacy of nearly all conventional light sources.
“The call for energy-efficient lighting choices has never been greater, and we believe this important program is on track to deliver a fully integrated lamp with widespread market potential,” said Jeff Cassis, CEO, Philips Color Kinetics. “More than a research effort, this is a program with clear-cut performance and commercialization goals that can drive LED sources further into mainstream lighting.”
The project is being funded by a $1.7 million grant from the DOE. It incorporates advanced LED package and system integration technology plus novel, highly efficient driver technology and a unique optical arrangement–accounting for all the layers required to make LEDs truly useful for general illumination.