For facility owners, lighting control and other lighting considerations are a top priority. New funding will support technology research projects in this area.

The Energy Dept.,, announced nine R&D (research and development) projects that will receive funding to support SSL (solid-state lighting) core technology research, product development, and U.S. manufacturing.

The projects will help accelerate the development of high-quality LED (light-emitting diode) and OLED (organic light-emitting diode) products that can significantly reduce overall U.S. energy consumption and save money.

Solid-state lighting technologies, based on LEDs and OLEDs, are about 10 times more energy-efficient, last 25 times longer, and significantly reduce the amount of lamp toxins in landfills compared to a conventional incandescent.

Department-funded R&D will foster technology breakthroughs to unlock new levels of performance and energy savings. For example, DOE targets look to increase the efficiency of today’s LEDs by an additional 66%. As solid-state electronic technology, LED lighting also offers new potential for advanced lighting control, including color tuning and intelligent, adaptive lighting.

In total, the nine competitively selected projects will receive more than $8.2 million funding and with private sector cost sharing reach a total investment of more than $11.5 million.

Some of the projects selected include Acuity Brands Lighting,, to develop an organic LED that increases efficiency and light output, Cree, Inc.,, to create a cost-effective, high-efficacy demonstration bulb that shows colors accurately, and Philips Research North America,, to develop an innovative LED office lighting system that features controls to maximize energy efficiency and occupant health and well-being.

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