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Sep 24, 2009

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Washington DC and Burlington, MA – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
announced today that the Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize (L Prize) competition has
received its first entrant, a product from Philips Electronics. Philips has developed,
manufactured and will bring to market an LED replacement for the common 60-Watt
incandescent light bulb. Philips developed this product in response to DOE’s industry-wide
challenge, and was today recognized by DOE as the first company to submit an entry.

DOE launched the L Prize initiative to spur development of high-quality, high-efficiency
LED replacements for the common light bulb. Every year it is estimated that more than
425 million 60-Watt incandescent light bulbs are sold in the United States alone,
representing approximately 50% of the domestic incandescent light bulb market.
According to DOE, an LED replacement for this could save 34 terawatt-hours of electricity
in one year, enough to power the lights of 17.4 million U.S. households. It would also
avoid 5.6 million metric tons of carbon emissions annually.

“The race is on,” said DOE Solid-State Lighting Program Manager Jim Brodrick. “Philips is
the first to submit a formal L Prize entry, demonstrating their leadership and corporate
commitment to energy conservation in lighting. Philips’ entry into the competition is a clear
signal that massive energy savings from solid-state lighting are within our grasp. The field
is wide-open, and we hope to see more entries from both large and small manufacturers.”

Established through the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, the L Prize offers
substantial rewards for the first manufacturer to meet its very demanding requirements –
ensuring that performance, quality, lifetime, cost and availability meet expectations for
widespread adoption and mass manufacturing. In addition to the 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.

“Philips is confident that the product submitted meets or exceeds all of the criteria for the L
Prize. By being the first to enter this very tough competition, Philips has demonstrated its
commitment once again to playing a leading global role in lighting innovation and energy
conservation,” said Rudy Provoost, CEO of Philips Lighting.

“We applaud the work of the U.S. government to accelerate development of high quality
and reliable LED products that meet real-world user demands, which is critical as this
technology gains mainstream acceptance. By holding manufacturers to very high standards, as an entire industry we can reduce energy use on a large scale without sacrificing the quality of light we expect.”

The Philips submission will now undergo comprehensive evaluation, including
performance testing conducted by independent laboratories, field assessments conducted
with utilities and other partners, long-term lumen maintenance testing and stress testing
under extreme conditions. Consumer pricing and retail availability have yet to be

Required metrics for the 60-Watt incandescent LED replacement, as laid out by DOE,
• Efficacy of more than 90 lumens per watt, which exceeds the efficiency of all
incandescent and most compact fluorescent sources today, which range from 10 to 60
lumens per watt
• Energy consumption of less than 10 watts as compared to a 60 Watt incandescent.
• Output of more than 900 lumens, equivalent to a 60 Watt incandescent light bulb
• Lifetime of more than 25,000 hours, which is 25X greater than a typical incandescent
• Color Rendering Index (CRI) greater than 90, which is a high measure of lighting
• Color Temperature between 2700 – 3000 Kelvin, which is “warm” white light
comparable to that of incandescent sources

Additional details about the L Prize competition are available at

For further information, please contact:
Dan Sperling
Akoya, in support of the U.S. Department of Energy Solid-State Lighting Program
(703) 356-4595

David Wolf
Philips Electronics North America
Tel: + 1 212 536 0817

About the L Prize
The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 authorizes DOE to establish
the Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize (L Prize) competition. The legislation challenges
industry to develop LED replacement technologies for today’s most widely used and
inefficient products, 60W incandescent lamps and PAR 38 halogen lamps, and also to
develop a new “21st Century Lamp.” The EISA legislation establishes basic requirements
for each category and authorizes up to $20 million in cash prizes; the exact amount of the
cash prize for each category will be determined based on DOE Congressional
appropriations. The first entrant in each category to successfully meet the full competition
requirements will receive a substantial cash prize as well as L Prize partner promotions
and incentives. To date, 27 utilities and energy efficiency program partners stand ready to
promote and develop markets for the winning products. Up to two additional entrants may
be eligible for program partner promotions – in effect increasing the number of possible
qualifiers in each category to three. Potential opportunities for future federal purchasing
agreements, utility programs, and other incentives for winning products may far exceed
the value of the cash prize. For more details on the L Prize competition, visit

About DOE’s Solid-State Lighting Program
As the lead federal agency for solid-state lighting activities, DOE has made a long-term
commitment to accelerate the research, development, and market introduction of solidstate
lighting. DOE-funded R&D projects drive breakthroughs in solid-state lighting
efficiency and performance. DOE’s market introduction strategies are closely aligned with
research progress to help buyers differentiate good products in good applications, and
avoid early buyer dissatisfaction and delay of market development. To learn more about
DOE’s solid-state lighting program, visit

About Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a diversified
Health and Well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through timely
innovations. As a world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting, Philips integrates
technologies and design into people-centric solutions, based on fundamental customer
insights and the brand promise of “sense and simplicity”. Headquartered in the
Netherlands, Philips employs approximately 116,000 employees in more than 60
countries worldwide. With sales of $38 billion in 2008, the company is a market leader in
cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new
lighting applications, as well as lifestyle products for personal well-being and pleasure with
strong leadership positions in flat TV, male shaving and grooming, portable entertainment
and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at

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