If you follow the L-Prize competition, you would have noticed an interesting entry that GE is going to be making – and is currently in development. GE (General Electric, NYSE:GE) is entering a 60W LED replacement lamp using Cree LED emitters as the light source. This is pretty awesome, if I do say so myself – I’m a fan of Cree (NASDAQ:CREE), and it’s nice to see a company like GE reach across the aisle and ask help from a company that is making some pretty impressive strides in light-emitting diodes. I was extremely impressed seeing their LMR-4 at LightFair, and in reading of the news of the TrueWhite technology kinda blows the mind when you look at LED research and development to date.
Check out an example of Cree’s TrueWhite Technology – it’s a short video, 1:55 – totally worth your time:
Cree and I disagree a little on the death of incandescents, but disagreement is what drives innovation. I also disagree with my bestie Greg about throwing things off of balconies. Innovation.
Ok – now think of what GE could possibly be coming up with using some rocking Cree LEDs? Will it be another one of those “multi-fingered hand grasping at a blob of milk” lamps? WHO KNOWS! At least the light coming from it will look good. Let’s see what GE does about heat dissipation this time.
Oh – as of right now (Tuesday, July 5, 2011), the L-Prize website is broken. That’s a little concerning, huh – I mean, being that it’s supposed to be a really important honor and all.
You might be asking yourself – self, what exactly IS the L-Prize? Well, it’s a competition that is basically driven to “spur lighting manufacturers to develop high-quality, high-efficiency solid-state lighting products to replace the common light bulb.” Ok, fair enough. The Department of Energy runs this contest, and the prize for the best 60W incandescent replacement lamp is about ten million buckaroos. For a PAR38 replacement? Only five million bones. Only.
There are requirements for entries into the L-Prize – from the wikipedia article on the L-Prize, since the site ain’t workin’:
More on the L-Prize soon, I’m waiting to hear back from them.
Here’s the initial GE press release about their entry into the L-Prize (also located here):
EAST CLEVELAND, OH (June 30, 2011) : GE Lighting engineers and scientists are developing a 60-watt replacement LED bulb that meets the specifications for the Department of Energy’s Bright Tomorrow Lighting (L Prize) competition. GE recently submitted a Letter of Intent to the Department of Energy to enter the competition.
“The objective of our product research and development is simple,” says Steve Briggs, vice president of marketing and product management, GE Lighting Solutions, LLC. “We exist to create advanced lighting solutions based on customer needs and expectations. Our L Prize journey is inspired by the challenge to deliver advanced technology in a form factor that delivers on consumer expectations. We won’t be the first to submit an L Prize candidate but we believe our solution will more closely match consumer preference for an incandescent look and feel.”
GE has collaborated with Cree to accept the stringent L Prize challenge yet deliver a lamp without remote phosphor, which appears yellow in an unlit state. Cree has designed a custom LED component that features Cree TrueWhite® Technology to deliver superior efficacy and light quality. GE lamp designers incorporated the component into an advanced thermal, optical and electrical system to achieve L Prize performance.
The L Prize is the first government-sponsored technology competition designed to spur lighting manufacturers to develop high-quality, high-efficiency solid-state lighting products to replace the most widely used light bulb in America, the 60-watt incandescent bulb. To learn more about the L Prize competition, visit www.lightingprize.org.