Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prizes

In April 2007, Senators Bingaman (D-NM), Domenici (R-MM), Dorgan (D-SD), Lugar (R-IN), Akaka (D-HI), Murkowski (R-AK) and Craig (R-ID) introduced legislation dealing with energy efficiency. One section of the bill requires the United States Treasury to create a Bright Light Tomorrow permanent fund, without a fiscal year limitation, to finance prizes for energy efficient lamps. There are three specific prizes.

  • 60-watt INCANDESCENT REPLACEMENT LAMP PRIZE
  • PAR TYPE 38 HALOGEN REPLACEMENT LAMP PRIZE
  • TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY LAMP PRIZE

S.1115
Energy Efficiency Promotion Act of 2007 (Introduced in Senate)
Mr. BINGAMAN (for himself, Mr. DOMENICI, Mr. DORGAN, Mr. LUGAR, Mr. AKAKA, Ms. MURKOWSKI, and Mr. CRAIG) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
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SEC. 213. BRIGHT TOMORROW LIGHTING PRIZES.
(a) Establishment- Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, as part of the program carried out under section 1008 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 16396), the Secretary shall establish and award Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prizes for solid state lighting in accordance with this section.

(b) Prize Specifications-
(1) 60-watt INCANDESCENT REPLACEMENT LAMP PRIZE- The Secretary shall award a 60-Watt Incandescent Replacement Lamp Prize to an entrant that produces a solid-state light package simultaneously capable of–
(A) producing a luminous flux greater than 900 lumens;
(B) consuming less than or equal to 10 watts;
(C) having an efficiency greater than 90 lumens per watt;
(D) having a color rendering index greater than 90;

(E) having a correlated color temperature of not less than 2,750, and not more than 3,000, degrees Kelvin;
(F) having 70 percent of the lumen value under subparagraph (A) exceeding 25,000 hours under typical conditions expected in residential use;
(G) having a light distribution pattern similar to a soft 60-watt incandescent A19 bulb;
(H) having a size and shape that fits within the maximum dimensions of an A19 bulb in accordance with American National Standards Institute standard C78.20-2003, figure C78.20-211;
(I) using a single contact medium screw socket; and
(J) mass production for a competitive sales commercial market satisfied by the submission of 10,000 such units equal to or exceeding the criteria described in subparagraphs (A) through (I).

(2) PAR TYPE 38 HALOGEN REPLACEMENT LAMP PRIZE- The Secretary shall award a Parabolic Aluminized Reflector Type 38 Halogen Replacement Lamp Prize (referred to in this section as the `PAR Type 38 Halogen Replacement Lamp Prize’) to an entrant that produces a solid-state-light package simultaneously capable of–
(A) producing a luminous flux greater than or equal to 1,350 lumens;
(B) consuming less than or equal to 11 watts;
(C) having an efficiency greater than 123 lumens per watt;
(D) having a color rendering index greater than or equal to 90;
(E) having a correlated color coordinate temperature of not less than 2,750, and not more than 3,000, degrees Kelvin;

(F) having 70 percent of the lumen value under subparagraph (A) exceeding 25,000 hours under typical conditions expected in residential use;
(G) having a light distribution pattern similar to a PAR 38 halogen lamp;
(H) having a size and shape that fits within the maximum dimensions of a PAR 38 halogen lamp in accordance with American National Standards Institute standard C78-21-2003, figure C78.21-238;
(I) using a single contact medium screw socket; and
(J) mass production for a competitive sales commercial market satisfied by the submission of 10,000 such units equal to or exceeding the criteria described in subparagraphs (A) through (I).
(3) TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY LAMP PRIZE- The Secretary shall award a Twenty-First Century Lamp Prize to an entrant that produces a solid-state-light-light capable of–

(A) producing a light output greater than 1,200 lumens;
(B) having an efficiency greater than 150 lumens per watt;
(C) having a color rendering index greater than 90;
(D) having a color coordinate temperature between 2,800 and 3,000 degrees Kelvin; and
(E) having a lifetime exceeding 25,000 hours.
(c) Private Funds- The Secretary may accept and use funding from private sources as part of the prizes awarded under this section.

(d) Technical Review- The Secretary shall establish a technical review committee composed of non-Federal officers to review entrant data submitted under this section to determine whether the data meets the prize specifications described in subsection (b).
(e) Third Party Administration- The Secretary may competitively select a third party to administer awards under this section.
(f) Award Amounts- Subject to the availability of funds to carry out this section, the amount of–
(1) the 60-Watt Incandescent Replacement Lamp Prize described in subsection (b)(1) shall be $10,000,000;
(2) the PAR Type 38 Halogen Replacement Lamp Prize described in subsection (b)(2) shall be $5,000,000; and
(3) the Twenty-First Century Lamp Prize described in subsection (b)(3) shall be $5,000,000.

(g) Federal Procurement of Solid-State-Lights-
(1) 60-watt INCANDESCENT REPLACEMENT- Subject to paragraph (3), as soon as practicable after the successful award of the 60-Watt Incandescent Replacement Lamp Prize under subsection (b)(1), the Secretary (in consultation with the Administrator of General Services) shall develop governmentwide Federal purchase guidelines with a goal of replacing the use of 60-watt incandescent lamps in Federal Government buildings with a solid-state-light package described in subsection (b)(1) by not later than the date that is 5 years after the date the award is made.
(2) PAR 38 HALOGEN REPLACEMENT LAMP REPLACEMENT- Subject to paragraph (3), as soon as practicable after the successful award of the PAR Type 38 Halogen Replacement Lamp Prize under subsection (b)(2), the Secretary (in consultation with the Administrator of General Services) shall develop governmentwide Federal purchase guidelines with the goal of replacing the use of PAR 38 halogen lamps in Federal Government buildings with a solid-state-light package described in subsection (b)(2) by not later than the date that is 5 years after the date the award is made.
(3) WAIVERS-
(A) IN GENERAL- The Secretary or the Administrator of General Services may waive the application of paragraph (1) or (2) if the Secretary or Administrator determines that the return on investment from the purchase of a solid-state-light package described in paragraph (1) or (2) of subsection (b), respectively, is cost prohibitive.
(B) REPORT OF WAIVER- If the Secretary or Administrator waives the application of paragraph (1) or (2), the Secretary or Administrator, respectively, shall submit to Congress an annual report that describes the waiver and provides a detailed justification for the waiver.

(h) Bright Light Tomorrow Award Fund-
(1) ESTABLISHMENT- There is established in the United States Treasury a Bright Light Tomorrow permanent fund without fiscal year limitation to award prizes under paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) of subsection (b).
(2) SOURCES OF FUNDING- The fund established under paragraph (1) shall accept–
(A) fiscal year appropriations; and
(B) private contributions authorized under subsection (c).
(i) Authorization of Appropriations- There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out this section.