Philips Color Kinetics, Burlington, Mass., been honored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), receiving an award for Significant Achievement in Solid-State Lighting Research & Development. The award recognizes Philips' progress on an 18-month project intended to produce a highly efficient light emitting diode (LED) PAR lamp. For the second consecutive year, Philips was one of a select few research teams honored out of the 50-plus solid-state lighting projects currently being funded by the DOE.

According to test results, the lamp being developed is already significantly more efficient than comparable LED PAR 38 lamps on the market, and four to five times more efficient than incandescent lamps.