Philips wins $10 million DOE bulb contest
Philips Lighting has won the U.S. Department of Energy’s “Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize” — more commonly called the “L Prize” competition — with its 10-watt LED bulb that will be part of its AmbientLED and EnduraLED line. Designed to replace the 60-watt bulb, which will be phased out in 2013, the Philips LED bulb was submitted to DOE in 2009 and underwent 18 months of intensive field, lab and product testing to make sure its performance, quality, lifetime, cost and availability meet expectations for widespread adoption and mass manufacturing, according to the announcement.
As the winner, Philips will receive a $10 million cash prize as well as L Prize partner promotions and incentives.
Silvie Casanova, a spokeswoman for Philips Lighting, told Home Channel News that some of the technology developed for the L Prize entry — for example, a yellow, phorphor cap that turns white once the bulb is turned on — was used in the AmbientLED bulbs now on sale at Home Depot. The L Prize-winning 60-watt equivalent LED bulb from Philips could arrive in stores either later this year or early 2012.
As for the $10 million prize money, “We’re going to invest it into the manufacture of the bulb here in the U.S.,” Casanova said.
Target of repeat shoplifting program nabbed in Reno
A man allegedly caught stealing from Lowe’s 30 minutes after being cited for shoplifting in Kmart was arrested by officers of a special task force in Reno, Nev.
According to a press release issued by Reno officials, Craig Skursha was apprehended while shoplifting at a Kmart located in Sparks, Nev., on Aug. 3. Skursha was issued a routine citation and then released from the store, but members of the Nevada Repeat Offenders Program were notified by Sparks police.
Skursha had nine prior felony convictions for related offenses, according to authorities.
The task force detective followed Skursha to a nearby Lowe’s store, where he was allegedly observed stealing merchandise. Skursha was arrested a short time after leaving the store.
Retail sales increase in July
The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for July, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $390.4 billion, an increase of 0.5% from the previous month, and 8.5% above July 2010.
Sales in building material & garden equipment & supplies dealers, NAICS code 444, were an adjusted $25.047 billion in July, down from $25.143 billion in June, but up from $23.291 billion in July 2010.
Retail trade sales were up 0.5% from June 2011, and 8.9% above last year. Nonstore retailer sales were up 14.1% from last year, according to the report released Friday morning.