RECOMMENDATION 6-9: Government and industry should continue to provide support in a cooperative and comprehensive manner to upstream, midstream, and downstream market actors and should support market activities evenly.
DOE’s efforts in helping advance SSL technology and manufacture in the United States and educating the lighting product community, including researchers, manufacturers, distributors, and sellers, have been judiciously chosen and well executed. For widespread SSL deployment to be successful and for consumer expectation to be met regarding SSL products, the much larger task of making the public aware of the major differences between incandescent and solid-state technology needs to be addressed. The lighting product and design community, working in concert with DOE, could best accomplish this task; however, if DOE takes on a leadership role, it will need additional funding and some direction from Congress to undertake this activity. Another source of funding for increasing public awareness might be the electric power industry, to help encourage the faster deployment of very energy-efficient LED lighting and avoid the backlash associated with CFL deployment.
With continued U.S. government support and funding and DOE leadership, the promise of low-cost and very efficient SSL could be realized, lowering U.S. energy needs and allowing the United States to be a significant SSL manufacturer and technology provider.
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