DOE and partners are conducting a contest to development replacements for the 60W incandescent light bulb–the L Prize.
Philips has submitted the first entry–and if testing shows the products meets the requirements, Philips wins the $10 million prize and leads the way into the market place.
To avoid the problems the plagued the introduction of CFLs as low quality bulbs flooded the market, The L Prize competition includes technical specifications for quality, performance, and mass manufacturing as well as a rigorous evaluation to detect and address product weaknesses before market introduction, to avoid problems with long-term market acceptance.
There are some LED so-called replacements for regular Type A bulbs out there, but these aren’t ready for prime time. (As I’ve written, the CREE LED recessed lights are!) I’m confident these products will be ready within a few years. Kudos to DOE for the contest, and to Philips for the first entry.