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DOE's research on LEDs for general illumination
2008-4-30
        

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has made a long-term commitment to advance the development and market introduction of energy-efficient white-light sources for general illumination. Solid-state lighting (SSL) differs fundamentally from today's lighting technologies, and its unique attributes drive the need for a coordinated approach that guides technology advances from laboratory to marketplace. DOE has developed a comprehensive national strategy that encompasses Basic Energy Science, Core Technology Research, Product Development, Commercialization Support, Standards Development, and an SSL Partnership.

Rapid progress in solid-state lighting (SSL) research and development (see DOE's SSL R&D Portfolio ) has resulted in the advent of light-emitting diodes (LED) for general lighting applications. In the section of the website http://www.netl.doe.gov/ssl/usingLeds/index.htm provides information on the important performance characteristics of white light LEDs for general illumination, with particular emphasis on energy efficiency and lighting quality.

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