Six UK manufacturers are to take part in a research programme that aims to make the country's businesses become leaders in LED-based solid-state lighting (SSL).
The firms - Juice Technology; PhotonStar LED; Marl International; Cambridge Consultants, Tridonic Atco and Zeta Controls - are to receive £40,000 to participate in phase one of the government-backed Technology Strategy Board initiative, LEDs magazine reports.
Those companies will develop their own diode-based SSL concepts, which will be reviewed by the board and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in September, with successful ideas going on to the next stage where they can receive around an extra £450,000 in funding.
Along with trying to make UK businesses leaders in LED lighting technology, it is hoped the programme will also encourage lower energy consumption in households.
Meanwhile, Toshiba, which ceased production of incandescent bulbs to manufacture diode offerings, recently announced that it is to provide its luminaire to the Louvre Museum in Paris.