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10 October 2006


Osram's OSTAR lighting products used in new LED floodlights

Osram Opto Semiconductors Inc's OSTAR lighting products are being used in the new LED-based R-16 compact floodlights of Dallas, TX-based Lighting Science Group Corp, for industrial and commercial applications, especially in elevators, and for flood, track and spot lighting.

"Elevator lighting represents a substantial market opportunity for us, and we view the LED R-16 as key to our development of this market," said Ron Lusk, chairman and CEO of Lighting Science Group. Since most elevators are
lit continuously, the application presents important opportunities for energy conservation and labor cost savings, he adds.

Osram Opto will provide its recently introduced OSTAR six-chip series LED containing its patented ThinGaN technology for LSG to incorporate with its patented Optimized Digital Lighting (ODL) technology. The finished lamp should enable a long-life, efficient, easy-to-install, high-output solid-state lighting solution for various packages, LSG says.

The LED R-16 lamp contains a single OSTAR six-series chip design with lens. The OSTAR's chip design is ideal for down-lighting as it delivers exceptional brightness from a very small source. Its hexagonal shape also enables more LEDs to be linked together in space-saving, high-intensity packages. At 420 lumens (six chip with lens, without 300lm) and an operating current of 700mA, a single OSTAR with lens is brighter than a 20W low-voltage halogen lamp and generates far less heat, says Osram.

According to LSG's current testing of the combined technologies, the LED R-16 lamp offers a lumen output maintained at 70% capacity over an estimated life of 30,000 hours (about three years), and is thus suited to use in difficult-to-reach applications.

As part of its Green Building effort to reduce the use of mercury containing lamps, Merrill Lynch says it is installing the R-16 LED lamp where the application may be appropriate.

It was previously announced in July that OSTAR lighting products were to be used for LSG's new LED-based MR-16 and R-30 lamps for industrial, commercial and consumer applications, as an alternative to its MR-16 metalized
reflector halogen lamp. The MR-16 lamp also contains a single OSTAR six-series chip design with lens, while the R-30 lamp contains three OSTAR six-series chip designs with lens. The MR-16 lamp provides a lumen output maintained at 70% capacity over an estimated life of 50,000 hours. See related item.

"We're already looking at expanding the use of Osram OSTAR to some of our other high output, energy efficient product lines," said Lusk at the time. "This synergy with Osram is sure to open new doors that will benefit our customers as well as expand the market adoption of LED lighting," he added.

The collaboration also "extends the use of Osram's advanced LED technology and components from the automotive sector into the industrial, commercial,
and consumer down lighting markets," says Osram Opto's president and CEO, Tom Shottes.

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