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OSRAM Opto LEDs Illuminate
"Dragon Fountain" in Olympic Park

Two dragons team up to bring splendor, awe to the 2008 sports celebration in Beijing

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors Press Release

FlashlightNews.org - 8/5/2008


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Dragon-shaped water fountains

Dragon-shaped water fountains in Olympic Park brightened by OSRAM Golden DRAGON LEDs
(Source: Water Fountain Project)

BEIJING, China - OSRAM Opto Semiconductors and Tong Fang joined hands to illuminate the elegant dragon-shaped water fountains in Beijing's Olympic Park with OSRAM Golden DRAGON LEDs.

Tong Fang Co. Ltd. installed its dragon-shaped water fountains, located along the northeast side of the Bird's Nest and the Water Cube in the Olympic Park, in July of this year. The fountains were outfitted with OSRAM Golden DRAGON with lens and enhanced Thinfilm LED components, providing the "Dragon" with its characteristic golden glow. The partnership marks OSRAM's continued efforts to be the leader and top innovator in China's LED market, as well as to provide support for China as it prepares to host the largest sporting event in the world.

Two impressive dragons team up Tong Fang turned to OSRAM Opto Semiconductors for its leading-edge LED technology, but the partnership may have a deeper, if coincidental, Chinese connection as well: two dragons, OSRAM's Golden DRAGON LED lamps and Tong Fang's "dragon fountain", working together to show strong support for Beijing's Olympic Games.

Projects like the dragon-shaped fountains reflect the expanding opportunities customers find to create interesting and original LED solid-state lighting applications. More than 600 meters long, the "Dragon" is formed by thousands of tiny water jets arranged in a long, gentle curve cutting through the Olympic Park, comprising a river stretching two kilometers long. The dynamic jets launch water columns as high as six meters, creating a kind of rolling wave, like the body of a dragon as it glides through the air. At the base of each column, mounted 10cm underwater, a lamp containing 24 OSRAM Golden DRAGON LEDs radiates yellow light upwards to a height of 15 meters, illuminating the "dragon" for four to five hours every evening, turning an already impressive visual into a truly stunning sight to behold. Altogether 1,920 lamps containing 46,080 Golden DRAGON LEDs help bring the dragon fountain to life.

"The first time Tong Fang discussed their idea for the dragon fountain with us, I knew OSRAM had to be involved, as it was a perfect opportunity for us to show the versatility, efficiency and advanced technology behind our Golden DRAGON LEDs. This kind of innovative and creative thinking is precisely how we aim to revolutionize the lighting industry in China and the rest of the world," says Dr. Alfred Felder, CEO of OSRAM Opto Semiconductors Asia.

The OSRAM Golden DRAGON advantages

Tong Fang ultimately chose to work with OSRAM Opto Semiconductors because of the benefits inherent to using the Golden DRAGON with lens and enhanced OSRAM Thinfilm LED technology. The LEDs come with one of the narrowest viewing angle integrated lenses in the industry (just 20°), taking up less space and reducing the need for secondary optics. Furthermore, the high optical efficiency (61lm/W) of these yellow LEDs enhances energy efficiency, while the over 50,000 hours lifespan (under proper operating conditions) minimizes maintenance costs.

"We've already received extremely positive feedbacks from people who've witnessed the fountain in action, especially with respect to the golden color, which resonates with traditional Chinese perceptions of dragons, as they symbolize power, prosperity and celebration; and this summer is set to be one of the biggest celebrations ever," says Miao Chen, General Manager at Tong Fang. "OSRAM, whom we've worked with before, has proven once again to be a highly reliable and forward-thinking partner in providing us with this solid-state lighting solution."

OSRAM Opto Semiconductor's golden future

Partnering with leading Chinese companies such as Tong Fang is a key ingredient to OSRAM Opto Semiconductors recipe for developing China's rising LED market. As a leader in its industry, OSRAM is continually aimed at shaping the future of lighting in China and developing people's perceptions and understanding of LED technology, which has rapidly gone from niche market/high fashion to mainstream, mass market use, and the range of solid-state lighting applications expands day by day. By supporting local Chinese customers who wish to turn their next-generation lighting ideas into a reality, OSRAM Opto Semiconductor is confident that the China LED market will continue to flourish for years to come.

To know more innovative LED applications, please visit www.osram-os.com.

About OSRAM Opto Semiconductors

OSRAM is part of the Industry sector of Siemens and one of the two leading lighting manufacturers in the world. Its subsidiary, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors GmbH in Regensburg (Germany), offers its customers solutions based on semiconductor technology for lighting, sensor and visualization applications. OSRAM Opto Semiconductors has production sites in Regensburg (Germany) and Penang (Malaysia). Its headquarters for North America is in Santa Clara (USA), and for Asia in Hong Kong. OSRAM Opto Semiconductors also has sales offices throughout the world. In the 2007 fiscal year (to the end of September) OSRAM Opto Semiconductors employed more than 4000 people and achieved sales totaling EUR520 million. For more information go to www.osram-os.com.

About Tong Fang Co. Ltd.

Tong Fang brings its own core technologies to the use in expanding the information industry and the establishment of industrial applications. These are also used to serve the growing informational needs of the national economy, to drive the growing informational needs of societal and city planners and to improve the capabilities of intelligent technology in people's daily lives. In the area of integrated city management, Tong Fang is the first to provide an e-city service; in the area of improving the intelligence of everyday digital products, Tsinghua Tong Fang is developing the total solution for intelligent home and technologically advanced communities. For more information go to www.thtf.com.cn.

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