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DOE Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prizes (L Prize)

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

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Limited Submission Announcement

The Bright Tomorrow Lighting Competition (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 common light bulb. The competition is intended to encourage development and deployment of highly energy efficient solid-state lighting (SSL) products to replace several of the most common lighting products currently used in the United States, including 60-watt A19 incandescent and PAR 38 halogen incandescent lamps.

To significantly impact the national market and lighting use, the SSL products selected must perform similarly to the incandescent lamps they are intended to replace in terms of color appearance, light output, light distribution, and lamp shape, size, form factor, appearance, and operating environment. They must be reliable, available through normal market channels, and competitively priced.

The intent of the L Prize is for products to be available on a mass production basis in a competitive commercial market of quality control lots. The entrants' capabilities to rapidly produce and bring to market large quantities of lighting products meeting the L Prize technical specifications will be evaluated by the TRC. Entrants must provide evidence that they are fully prepared to begin production at a capacity that exceeds 250,000 units per year for the first year of production and increased production in subsequent years. The units shall meet all technical performance specifications called out in the Technical Performance Specifications.

Because MU is limited to one application for each category of this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2008. Letters of intent should be limited to a 3-page summary, including 1) intended replacement technology (halogen or incandescent lamp), 2) research plan to develop the new technology, and 3) if available, description of prototype of new technology.


$10 million for the 60 watt incandescent replacement lamp and $5 million for the PAR 38 halogen incandescent replacement lamp.

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, July 25, 2008

Sponsor Deadlines:

The full competition for each category will remain open until one winner and, for the purposes of the voluntary EEP promotions, two additional qualifiers are declared in each category, or until 24 months have elapsed since the winning award in a given category, whichever comes first.

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This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in engineering and physical sciences. Please forward it to faculty members who may be interested.

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