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“Lighting Science Group recognizes the importance of expression through light and has embraced a leadership role in new technology to explore possibilities.” – Team FIU

Lighting Science Group is a proud sponsor of the Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011. Sustainability is no longer the future, it’s real. It’s now. Join us in supporting our sponsored collegiate teams as they compete to design, build and operate affordable, solar-powered houses during the Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011. As LSG revolutionizes the science of light producing lighting products that deliver on the promise of LED technology, sponsored teams will have a chance to further increase their house’s efficiency and lower their costs while demonstrating that sustainability in the home is within our grasp.

Schedule for event
Public Exhibit Hours
September 23 – October 2
Monday – Friday 10am – 2pm
Saturday – Sunday 10am – 5:30pm

Consumer Workshop Presented by Fred Maxik
Sunday, September 25 at 4pm

National Mall, West Potomac Park
Washington DC


Recently, we came across an article that noted that the FTC Lighting Facts label would be getting an extended deadline before becoming a must-have on all medium screw based light bulbs.  While true (the FTC label will now be enforced beginning January 2012), the article unfortunately included a picture of the DOE’s Lighting Facts label as its image reference.  To clear up any confusion that the two lighting facts labels may be causing, we’re including a breakdown of each and why they are being used.

The FTC will be enforcing that their Lighting Facts label be included on packaging of all medium screw based light bulbs (or the Edison based bulbs as we also like to call them).  This label will include on the front of packages, the brightness shown in lumens and the estimated annual energy cost.

And, on the backs of the packaging, you will now see the following  label, which also includes the expected life, appearance, energy use and whether the lamp contains mercury. The new label will also require that the lumen output be directly printed onto the base of the bulb.

The purpose of the FTC’S Lighting Facts label is to assist people in saving money by selecting the most efficient bulb for their needs, and to begin using lumens rather than watts as the “brightness” source.  Something to keep in mind is this label does not require testing to show the information that is included.

The U.S. Department of Energy, created a Lighting Facts label to assure and improve the quality of solid state lighting products. Participating in the program (as we do) is voluntary, and the label includes performance results from actual test data. We’ve mentioned it before, but it looks like this and can already be found on packaging…

For now, it’s a possibility that you will see both labels included on bulbs that you purchase. However, the DOE will not encourage the use of its label on packaging once the FTC label is required on January 1, 2012.

Lighting Science Group Corporation today notified the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that it has developed with Light Prescriptions Innovators, LLC (LPI) a highly efficient, high output and low cost 60-watt replacement LED bulb, and will submit it for testing to win the Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize (L Prize) competition. The bulb design is based on patented and patent-pending technologies developed by both companies.

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 established the L Prize to promote the development of a highly efficient, high quality LED replacements for the traditional 60-watt light bulb—the most widely used light bulb in America. Incandescent lights are wasteful and energy-hungry—DOE estimated that lighting accounted for 25% of all electric energy use in the U.S. in 2009—offering a rapid and practical path for significant energy savings from LED lighting.

The L-Prize criteria seemed futuristic when first announced, requiring a light bulb that works in current sockets and gets six times the energy efficiency (measured in lumens of light produced per watt of electricity used) of an incandescent and almost double the efficiency of a compact florescent lamp, while meeting other high standards for color rendering, life, quality, cost and availability.

“This bulb is yet another example of how Lighting Science Group is revolutionizing the science of light to produce state-of-the-art LED products that deliver on the promise of LED technology and further it’s widespread adoption, right here in America,” said Fred Maxik, founder and chief technology officer of Lighting Science Group.  “We are confident that our LED bulb developed in partnership with LPI meets or exceeds all of the criteria for the L Prize, making it a strong contender to win the competition, but we also believe that developing this product will further accelerate the transformation of the lighting industry to highly efficient LED technology.”

“This LED bulb will help accelerate America’s shift away from inefficient, dated lighting products to innovative, high-performance products,” said Roberto Alvarez, chief executive officer and president of LPI. “We applaud the U.S. government for challenging the industry through this contest to develop affordable and ultra-efficient LED bulbs that meet real-world user demands.”

In addition to a significant cash prize, the first manufacturer to fully meet the competition’s requirements will also be in consideration for federal purchasing agreements, utility programs and other incentives. However, the stakes are much higher than that. Energy efficiency means cost savings for the consumer, but on a national scale it also means less reliance on imported fossil fuels, greater national energy security, reduced pollution, and more innovation-driven clean-tech American jobs. According to DOE, an LED replacement for the approximately 425 million 60-watt incandescent bulbs sold each year could save 34 terawatt-hours of electricity in one year, enough to power the lights of 17.4 million U.S. households and avoid 5.6 million metric tons of carbon emissions annually.

For the full press release, please visit here.


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