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OSRAM lights up the Alpine World Ski Championships

Modern lighting technology links event locations in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

(PresseBox) (Munich, ) At the Alpine World Ski Championships, taking place from February 7 to 20, 2011, in Garmisch- Partenkirchen, Germany, OSRAM will be providing highlights of a special kind. Using the latest technologies, the Munich-based lighting manufacturer is creating unique lighting effects for the opening ceremony and the daily medal ceremonies. The main feature is a bridge of light linking the venues.

The athletes and the over 100,000 spectators at the World Ski Championships in Garmisch- Partenkirchen will witness a breathtaking sight: during the opening ceremony at Olympic Stadium and the medal ceremonies each evening, an elaborate light show in the night sky will connect the Olympic Stadium, Kandahar and Medal Plaza venues - a celebration in light that will be visible far beyond Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Beams of light emitted by high-powered floodlights installed at the individual venues will meet in the sky mid-way between the three locations, so as to create a bridge of light in the colors of the Alpine World Ski Championships: blue beacons high over Olympic Stadium, joined by red beams from the Kandahar slope, and golden yellow rays illuminating the heavens above Medal Plaza.

"It's a special responsibility for us as a long-standing company, especially now that we are hosting the World Championships in our own country, to make the event unforgettable with the help of the most advanced lighting technology," says Wolfgang Gregor, head of Customer Relationship Management at OSRAM. "Through a project on the Galapagos Islands, OSRAM will be ensuring that its lighting extravaganza will remain climate-neutral."

A total of 25 Falcon light projectors will be used in the light show, the same ones used at major concerts and open-air events. They are fitted with OSRAM XBO 7 KW lamps. The exceptionally high luminance and very good color rendering properties of these high intensity discharge lamps will ensure an impressive display in the night sky over Garmisch-Partenkirchen. In addition, some 4,500 colored OSRAM high power LEDs in Olympic Stadium and Medal Plaza will present brilliant light effects during the opening ceremony and the medal ceremonies.

A&O Technology, which illuminated the Bavaria monument for the 200th anniversary of the Oktoberfest in 2010, will likewise be managing the production and technical implementation of this light show.


OSRAM (Munich, Germany) is part of the Industry Sector of Siemens and one of the two leading lighting manufacturers in the world. Sales for OSRAM worldwide totalled to €4.7 billion in fiscal year 2010. OSRAM is a high-tech company in the lighting industry. Over 70 percent of sales come from energy-efficient products. This global player employs around 40,000 people worldwide, supplies customers in some 150 countries and has 46 production facilities in 17 countries (September 30).