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18 March 2009


Korea’s GALED installs street lamps using Osram’s Golden DRAGON Plus LEDs

Osram Opto Semiconductors GmbH of Regensburg, Germany says that its Golden DRAGON Plus LEDs are being used in PRAUS streetlights from GALED Co, a Korean lighting manufacturer established in 2007.

The LED street lamps have been erected since mid-2008 as prototypes in several high-profile locations in Korea in response to the government’s call for energy efficiency. Korea's President Lee Myung-bak has stressed the need to save energy to overcome the current economic downturn, instructing local government chiefs to focus on ways to reduce energy consumption in their regions.

The LED-based 80W/150W PRAUS street-lighting prototype projects have replaced metal halide lamps and natrium lamps in four locations, including the roads near Wonju city hall in Kang-Won province, at the Halla University campus in Won-ju, in front of the Nam-gu government office in Gwang-ju, and at the Dae Won Science College campus in Je-cheon.

GALED expects the average annual energy savings of the installations to be over 55%. With the Golden DRAGON Plus LEDs’ color temperature of 6500K, the roadway luminaires can also provide higher-quality white light through an optimized color rendering index (CRI), says Osram Opto: the increase in CRI from about 30 to over 65 can improve night visibility.

Osram Opto says that its Golden DRAGON LEDs offer full-color spectrum brightness, consume 80% less electricity than incandescent lamps, and can last for up to 50,000 hours. The longer service intervals and the robust nature can also reduce street-lighting maintenance costs. Furthermore, the availability of cool- and warm-white LEDs with high color rendering offers the flexibility to adjust the color temperature to the specific street-lighting application.

The Korean government further plans to use more energy-efficient LED bulbs to replace all incandescent light bulbs at public facilities by 2012. “As a Korean company, we are proud to help move forward the energy-efficiency initiatives by developing LED-based street lighting in various cities throughout the country,” says GALED’s CEO Seok-Hoon Kang. “We continue to work with local governments to drive installations, which will in the short and long run provide immediate benefits for the communities. We are confident that our products can meet the stringent street-lighting standard which will be announced by the government in April,” he adds.

“We applaud the commitment from the Korean Government to make energy efficiency a priority for the country,” comments Dr Alfred Felder, president & CEO of Hong Kong-based subsidiary Osram Opto Semiconductors Asia Ltd.

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