Business News | Oct 22, 2007

PHILIPS SOLID-STATE LIGHTING SOLUTIONS AWARDED FEDERAL GRANT TO ADVANCE STANDARDS FOR COLOR QUALITY RATINGS

Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions, the new entity formed by Philips' acquisition of Color Kinetics, today announced it has been awarded a $250,000 contract by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) - a federal agency that develops and promotes measurement, standards, and technology. Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions will develop and create a new test system to improve methods for calculating and measuring the quality of a light source.

Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions actively participates in the creation and advancement of standards for solid-state lighting. In working with associations dedicated to the improvement of lighting and technology, the company helps to change and create new metrics and measurements for LED sources. Among many standards initiatives underway, Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions will develop the tools needed to create new methods and measurements to better characterize the color-rendering properties for all light sources, including LEDs. There are many known limitations to the current metric, CRI or Color Rendering Index. This development is important because it will allow manufacturers to adopt an accurate and consistent ratings system that helps lighting professionals better evaluate and compare lamps and luminaires.

"We recognize that today's existing measurements are limited, particularly when examining LED sources, which are fundamentally different than conventional light sources and therefore must be tested differently," said Kevin Dowling, VP of Innovation, Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions. "We believe that standards are critical to the growth of the LED illumination industry, as they will eliminate any confusion or misinformation and encourage designers to specify LED systems with confidence. We're very eager to tackle the challenge of creating a new color quality rating with NIST as part of our on-going work in standards creation."

"We recognize that today's existing measurements are limited, particularly when examining LED sources, which are fundamentally different than conventional light sources and therefore must be tested differently," said Kevin Dowling, VP of Innovation, Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions. "We believe that standards are critical to the growth of the LED illumination industry, as they will eliminate any confusion or misinformation and encourage designers to specify LED systems with confidence. We're very eager to help tackle the challenge of creating a new color quality rating as part of our on-going work in standards creation."

Under the contract, Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions is charged with developing light sources capable of producing a broad range of spectral power distributions within the visible spectrum for testing, evaluating, and/or establishing colorimetric and photometric metrics. This spectrally-tunable light source will be capable of simulating various types of existing lamps and conceivable white LED light sources, allowing for an accurate measure of how a light source would render colors.

For further information, please contact:  
Jill Klingler
Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions
781-418-9277
jklingler@colorkinetics.com
 
About Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions:
Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions, the new entity formed by Philips’ acquisition of Color Kinetics, transforms environments through new, dynamic uses of light. Its award-winning lighting systems and technologies apply the benefits of LEDs as a highly efficient, long lasting, environmentally friendly, and inherently digital source of illumination - reinventing light itself as a highly controllable medium. Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions also enables widespread adoption of LED lighting through OEM and licensing partnerships in diverse markets. The company is headquartered in Burlington, MA with offices in the UK and China. More information is available at http://www.colorkinetics.com .

About Royal Philips Electronics:
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a global leader in healthcare, lifestyle and technology, delivering products, services and solutions through the brand promise of "sense and simplicity". Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs approximately 125,800 employees in more than 60 countries worldwide. With sales of $34 billion (EUR 27 billion) in 2006, the company is a market leader in medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring systems, energy efficient lighting solutions, personal care and home appliances, as well as consumer electronics. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter .

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