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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions Awarded Federal Contract to Advance Standards for Color Quality Ratings

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BURLINGTON , Mass., Oct. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 developsand promotes measurement, standards, and technology. Philips Solid-StateLighting 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 workingwith 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-StateLighting 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. "Webelieve 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 alight source would render colors.

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, dynamicuses of light. Its award-winning lighting systems and technologies apply thebenefits of LEDs as a highly efficient, long lasting, environmentally friendly, and inherently digital source of illumination - reinventing lightitself 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

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