Bill Watkins

Bridgelux says it will bring a lighting technology to market in two to three years that seemed outlandish only a short time ago. If the company succeeds, this move could drastically drop the price of LED bulbs. The breakthrough technology is a functional gallium nitride LED that emits 135 lumens per watt. The lights are 'grown' on inexpensive silicon wafers instead of more exotic materials. These GaN-on-silicon chips are lab samples and Bridgelux will have to fine-tune production processes, but Bridgelux CEO Bill Watkins says that the company could move into production in

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