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The new L-Prize® competition, launched in May 2021, is designed to catalyze transformative LED lighting innovation, products, and impact. The L-Prize is primed to unlock the full potential of LED technology—to combine high efficiency with exceptional lighting quality, data-driven control and functionality, and innovative design, construction, and grid flexibility.

To view the full competition details, visit the L-Prize website.

Watch video of Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm announcing the L-Prize at the Better Buildings Summit.

3 Phases + Teaming Opportunities

Concept Phase: Up to 10 winners ($20,000 each) COMPLETE
Invites innovative concept proposals, providing competitors with an opportunity to receive feedback on their proposals and potential for cash award.

Watch video of Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm announcing the L-Prize Concept Phase winners at the 2022 DOE Solid-State Lighting Workshop, and read the DOE winner announcement.

Prototype Phase: Up to 3 winners ($2,000,000 prize pool) OPENING SOON
Seeks prototype products, emphasizing technological innovation and presenting the challenge to think outside standard forms, materials, and price points of commercially available products.

Manufacturing & Installation Phase: Up to 2 winners ($10,000,000 prize pool)
Encourages competitors to make innovative products, with incentives to manufacture and install these products in the U.S.

Teaming opportunities will connect innovators and researchers with manufacturing partners, contractors, utilities, and others interested in production and installation of winning designs.

Graphic: Phase 1, Concept, 9 months; Phase 2; Prototype, Teaming Opportunities, 12 months; Phase 2, Manufacturing & Installation, 20 months.

60W L-Prize Competition

The first L-Prize, awarded in 2011, recognized breakthrough performance in an LED replacement for the common 60-watt light bulb. The technology innovations in the winning product—including more efficacious LED chips, electronic miniaturization, better heat transfer, improved optics, and remote phosphors—have had a lasting impact, finding their way into millions of subsequent products that continue to save massive amounts of energy each year. Learn more about the 60W competition.

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