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I’ve been much more interested in reducing energy, saving electricity and improving energy efficiency in homes from the moment I first heard Amory Lovins speak at the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) in the mid 2000’s.  From his inspiration I started reviewing my own life and focused its energy expenditures.  I started with household light bulbs.  In the pursuit to reduce our home electricity use and save on electricity and utility costs I immediately purchased numerous CFLs and started ensuring the old incandescent bulbs were removed and replaced.  What I found was that I was on the early end of the Technology adoption cycle and that many of these bulbs could not be used with dimmers, didn’t give off a similar warm light that the incandescent bulbs provided (which my wife hated!), and although the energy expenditure was less the early CFLs still left something to be desired.

Enter the Lighting Prize (L Prize) by the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE).  Wanting a Thomas Edison like transformation of illumination DoE set forth a challenge to competitively develop a new and exceptionally well crafted and tested LED light bulb.  Philips was the lighting contest winner.  They produced an exceptional product which is now known as the Philips 10-Watt Lighting Prize (L Prize) Award Winning 60-Watt LED Light Bulb.  The L Prize Light Bulb appears to have corrected the major issues that I experienced with the early CFLs.  However the useful lifetime of more than 25,000 hours, compared with 1,000 to 3,000 hours for the  incandescent products these highly efficient bulbs are intended to replace.   Yet the Philips L-Prize is still debuting as a $60 Philips light bulb.  But even in the couple of months since the bulb’s announcement and release the price has dropped on average 10% and is near an average of $50 for the Philips Bulb.

I’ve found the Philips 10-Watt L-Prize Award Winning 60-Watt LED Light Bulb in a couple key places; this will help you get the best deal!

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I ran a quick comparision of a 60 watt incandescent and the L-Prize Bulb.  I’d with a few advantageous assumptions in the L Prize’s favor (made by their comparison tool) I’d recover the investment cost in approximately 1.1 years.  Either way I’m looking forward to getting one and testing it out (and see if the wife notices any differences!).

L Prize Comparison Chart

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending “Supply Chain Security - Do you know who your insiders are?” by Bob Hutchinson, Senior Manager, Sandia National Laboratories’ Information Security Sciences Group.

The key aspect of his presentation that I took away was the National Labs’ ability to control and prevent compromise of the Nuclear Weapons supply chain.  And that the lessons learned from almost 7 decades of experience could be applied to the supply chain risk of Information Technology.  We’ve solved most problems before it simply takes effort to find where.

This analogy led me to investigate a bit more and I discovered Bob’s statement to the United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.  His 4 key points are:

  1. While strategic data theft of intellectual property and national secrets has become a focus recently do not lose sight of the malicious data modification threat.
  2.  Examine and be aware of your Information Technology aspects of your supply chain; from the software applications and patches to the sub-components of each piece of hardware (and it’s obvious supporting software -firmware).
  3. While developing the manner and mechanism for Cyber information sharing between Government and Industry there must be a strategy associated with it.  This strategy could then be used to assist in an adversary “self-identifying.”
  4. Identifying the Nation’s noted “profound shortage of qualified cyber security experts.” He adds that having been tasked by DoE, Sandia to has built “a program that’s more like a medical residency than a trade certification” and that this model is much more appropriate to creating the requisite cyber security experts for the nation.

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