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Lighting Prize (L-Prize)

The L-Prize will advance the state-of-the-art in LED lighting.
stage:
Prototype Phase Rules Webinar
prize:
$12.2 Million Total Prize Pool
Overview

Challenge Overview

The Lighting Prize (L-Prize) is designed to advance the U.S. clean energy economy for next-generation LED lighting, encouraging innovators to engage in advanced lighting system development that leads to transformative designs, products, and impact. The L-Prize will reward innovations that move rapidly to improve lighting performance, resulting in energy, emissions, and cost savings for American businesses and consumers. The competition will award a total of $12.2 million in cash prizes across three distinct phases: Concept, Prototype, and Manufacturing and Installation. 

Advanced interoperable lighting systems have the potential to better manage lighting energy use, integrate with other building systems, streamline maintenance and operations, and even respond to electric grid signals, increasing the value and resiliency of buildings. The L-Prize seeks to unlock that additional potential to combine high-luminaire efficacy with exceptional lighting quality, data-driven control and functionality, and sustainable design and construction for the future of illumination in commercial and institutional buildings. In addition to these technical innovations, the L-Prize also prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion in how luminaires or lighting systems can benefit communities that have been historically disadvantaged.

The L-Prize targets commercial sector lighting, which accounts for about 36% of national lighting energy use, and encourages lighting innovators to design lighting systems with breakthrough energy efficiency, quality, functionality, and sustainability. A full realization of SSL technology potential envisions LED lighting products manufactured with significant domestic materials, while demonstrating exceptional energy efficiency, data connectivity, control capabilities, visual quality, and design for recycling and remanufacturing.

DOE’s Building Technologies Office invites lighting innovators to participate in this new competition to bring tomorrow’s lighting into today.

Winning systems must innovate and demonstrate exceptional achievement across all areas.

 

 

Prize Structure

The L-Prize will award a total of $12.2 million in cash prizes across three distinct phases:

  1. The Concept Phase invites innovative concept proposals from potential competitors. This phase is completed.
  2. The Prototype Phase seeks physical prototype systems, emphasizing technological innovation and challenging entrants to think outside standard forms, materials, and price points of commercially available products.
  3. The Manufacturing and Installation Phase will reward production and installation of real products meeting the L-Prize technical requirements.

Participation in initial phases is not required to be eligible for subsequent phases. In addition, teaming opportunities will connect potential entrants with manufacturing partners, materials or component suppliers, end-user installation host sites, utilities, energy service companies, installation contractors, and others interested in teaming with or supporting L-Prize teams in the Manufacturing and Installation Phase of the competition.

 

Guidelines

Challenge Guidelines

Please review the official rules for the complete application process and instructions for competing.

If you want to receive updates on the prize, please subscribe by clicking the Follow button at the top of the webpage. Questions can be sent directly to  or posted in the Forum tab, so that others who have the same questions will be able to see the answers. 

 

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Challenge Updates

Two Prototype Phase Webinars on August 17 Address Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Product Life Cycle and Sustainability

Aug. 5, 2022, 12:06 p.m. PDT by Wendy Graves

Two webinars on August 17 will offer an in-depth look at the requirements and points-earning opportunities for the L-Prize Prototype Phase DEI and product life cycle and sustainability categories.

  • L-Prize Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Requirements and Opportunities (Register now) - Wednesday, August 17, 1:00–1:45 p.m. Eastern 
  • L-Prize Product Life Cycle and Sustainability: Requirements and Opportunities (Register now) - Wednesday, August 17, 2:00–2:45 p.m. Eastern

If you missed the Prototype Phase overview webinar, you can view the recording.


Watch Now: Lytei Fire Den Conversation about L-Prize

Aug. 1, 2022, 12:53 p.m. PDT by Wendy Graves

Check out this video discussion about the DOE L-Prize competition. The video features Gabe Arnold and Kate Hickcox from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in a Lytei Fire Den conversation at LightFair 2022.


Prototype Phase Overview Webinar on August 3

July 27, 2022, 1:41 p.m. PDT by Wendy Graves

Don’t forget to register for the L-Prize Prototype Phase informational webinar on Wednesday, August 3, which will provide an overview of the competition, technical requirements, and more. 

  • L-Prize Prototype Phase: Overview (Register now) – Wednesday, August 3, 1:00–2:00 p.m. Eastern

The Prototype Phase introduces new separate tracks for luminaires and connected systems, offering potential competitors more pathways and opportunities to participate, be recognized for innovation, and win L-Prize awards. Participation in the prior Concept Phase is not required to enter the Prototype Phase of the L-Prize.


Register Now for L-Prize Prototype Phase Webinars

July 20, 2022, 1:25 p.m. PDT by Wendy Graves

Don’t miss the L-Prize Prototype Phase informational webinars that will take place in August: 

  • L-Prize Prototype Phase: Overview (Register now) - Wednesday, August 3, 1:00–2:00 p.m. Eastern
  • L-Prize Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Requirements and Opportunities (Register now) - Wednesday, August 17, 1:00–1:45 p.m. Eastern 
  • L-Prize Product Life Cycle and Sustainability: Requirements and Opportunities (Register now) - Wednesday, August 17, 2:00–2:45 p.m. Eastern

The Prototype Phase introduces new separate tracks for luminaires and connected systems, offering potential competitors more pathways and opportunities to participate, be recognized for innovation, and win L-Prize awards. Participation in the prior Concept Phase is not required to enter the Prototype Phase of the L-Prize.


Prototype Phase Offers New Opportunities to Participate

July 6, 2022, 11:56 a.m. PDT by Wendy Graves

ICYMI: The L-Prize Prototype Phase is now open. This phase introduces new separate tracks for luminaires and connected systems, offering potential competitors more pathways and opportunities to participate, be recognized for innovation, and win L-Prize awards. Additionally, two opportunities are available for participants to prepare for the final Manufacturing and Installation Phase of the competition:

 

  • A Teaming Request for Information (RFI) seeks parties interested in participating with or supporting L-Prize teams in the Manufacturing and Installation Phase. The teaming list is open to manufacturing partners, materials or component suppliers, end-user installation host sites, utilities, energy service companies (ESCOs), installation contractors, and any other interested parties. The teaming RFI will be open for the duration of the L-Prize competition, and the L-Prize website will host and regularly update the teaming partner list for competitors.
  • A public comment period is now open to send input on the Manufacturing and Installation Phase requirements.

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