The Department of Energy is going to find out, with the “L Prize,” a conest designed to replace the standard 6-watt bulb with an LED-based alternative. So far, there has only been one entry, and it has come from Philips, a Dutch company, who claims their design is so good, they’ve already won the $10 million prize. It must use only 10 watts, give off incandescent light, and last 25,000 hours. Philips sent 2000 samples of its prototype for evaluation, which will take a year.
Which is good, because Canada has announced to outlaw the 60-watt bulb by 2012 (apparently the same as taking 250,000 cars off the road). They will probably need a solution.
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