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Philips Achieves ENERGY STAR’s Highest Honor - Partner of the Year

From Market Watch9 April, 2015 10:31

With over 500 ENERGY STAR certified products and one of the broadest utility rebate programs in the industry, Philips continues to earn praise.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Philips, the global leader in lighting, with a 2015 ENERGY STAR (ES) Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for the company’s continued leadership in protecting our environment through superior energy efficiency achievements.

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The Humble Light Bulb Helps Japan Fill Energy Gap Left From Shutting Down Nuclear Reactors

From Bloomberg7 April, 2015 14:05

Japan’s push to keep power flowing after it shuttered its nuclear program may best be illustrated by 73 million light bulbs.

That’s the number of LED bulbs sold in Japan since the start of 2012, representing about 30 percent of all bulbs sold there. The LEDs, which consume a fifth of the energy used by standard lights, are key to the country’s strategy to make energy use more efficient, even as it pursues alternative sources such as solar power.

Read full story at Bloomberg

Lighting the world with Habitat for Humanity

From ECN10 February, 2015 12:15

MaxLite announces a four-year, $1 million pledge to Habitat for Humanity

Hand-built Habitat for Humanity homes can not only provide shelter for those who need it, but save energy and promote the environment too, if they’re made with the right materials.

Read full story at ECN


From Fast Company6 February, 2015 10:19

Philips makes the list with LED lighting.

The world has a challenge on its hands: As people rise out of poverty, their energy consumption rises, too, putting pressure on everyone around the globe to offer game-changing solutions to the greenhouse-gas crisis. These folds are meeting the task.

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The First Super Bowl Played Under LEDs Will Use 75 Percent Less Power

From Gizmodo30 January, 2015 12:53

The University of Phoenix Stadium recently upgraded over 780 metal halide fixtures to LED.

It might seem like LED bulbs are only for early-adopters hoping to cut down their monthly Con Ed power bill, but come Sunday, the energy-efficient lighting alternative will take center stage at one of the greatest spectacles on Earth. This will actually be the first Super Bowl to be entirely lit by LED bulbs.

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LED Lighting Efficiency Jumps Roughly 50% Since 2012

From http://cleantechnica.com/10 November, 2014 11:24

Rising LED Efficiency, Falling LED Prices

Well, looks like the 2007 law phasing out 100-year old incandescent light bulb technology in favor of newer light bulbs that waste less energy while providing more efficient lighting options is working. Light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs have improved their efficiency roughly 50% and expanded consumer options as federal regulations have tightened, according to a report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Read full story at http://cleantechnica.com/

Invention of blue LEDs wins physics Nobel

From BBC News7 October, 2014 10:13

The 2014 Nobel Prize for physics has been awarded to a trio of scientists in Japan and the US for the invention of blue light emitting diodes (LEDs).

Professors Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura made the first blue LEDs in the early 1990s. By combining blue light with existing red and green LEDs, this enabled a new generation of bright, energy-efficient white lamps as well as LED screens. The winners will share prize money of eight million kronor (£0.7m). They were named at a press conference in Sweden, and join a prestigious list of 196 other Physics laureates recognised since 1901.

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The Sistine Chapel in Rome Gets New Lights

From The Wall Street Journal25 September, 2014 14:46

Starting next month, a new lighting system will boost by at least five times the illumination of Michelangelo's 500-year-old masterpiece. The LED disp

Let there be light. That is, essentially, what the Vatican Museums asked German lighting company Osram to do in the Sistine Chapel. Museum officials wanted to improve lighting so poor and patchy that some visitors struggled to clearly see famous details, such as the panel where God's hand touches Adam's, bringing him to life.

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Philips Plans to Split Into Two Companies

From The Wall Street Journal23 September, 2014 09:23

Dutch Conglomerate Could Spin Off Lighting Business in an IPO as Early as 2016

AMSTERDAM—Dutch electronics group Philips NV said Tuesday it would split itself into two companies, spinning off its iconic lighting business 123 years after making its first incandescent light bulb.

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5 Smart Trends to Watch in Commercial Lighting

From GreenBiz.com11 February, 2014 11:50

LEDs aren't the only story in lighting, of course, but they are laying the groundwork for innovation.

The U.S. government's latest wave of energy efficiency standards took effect this month, basically sounding a death knell for future domestic manufacturing of standard 40-watt and 60-watt incandescent lightbulbs. That demise continues to stir debate among those who believe the mandate takes away consumer choice for old-school bulbs, which make up about half of the residential lighting market.

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