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OSRAM’S JOULE System passes endurance test at Le Mans 24 Hours

LED lighting system conquers the racing world

(PresseBox) (Regensburg, ) OSRAM provides innovative JOULE lighting systems to one of the most successful racing teams on the American motor sports scene via its North American subsidiary. The JOULE Signal System based on LED light sources is installed in all of the vehicles of the Pratt & Miller Engineering team and withstands both hard terrain and long races, such as recently in the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours race.

A demanding race such as the Le Mans 24 hours race places the highest demands on man and material. The course is also a tough test for the endurance of the drivers and the racing cars. This is why every one of Pratt & Miller's cars is equipped with a JOULE Signal System. The system is not only able to withstand rough road conditions, it also functions perfectly under very high pressure. "Our JOULE lighting system with its LED light sources is a technologically advanced and innovative product. It also impresses with its long life", says David Hulick, who is responsible for worldwide product marketing in OSRAM's automotive division. "The fact that Pratt & Miller trust the product to hold its own under the most demanding racing conditions in the world speaks volumes for the reliability of the JOULE System", continues David Hulick.

Combination of functionality and design As well as the technical capability to withstand the tough conditions of a 24 hour race, the JOULE LED System of OSRAM offers designers unprecedented creative freedom for lighting. The JOULE System also consumes up to ten times less energy than traditional lighting systems with incandescent lamps and lasts longer than the life of a car.

A strong and reliable partner The North American subsidiary of OSRAM has been supplying the Joule LED Signal System to the Pratt & Miller team since 2005 for its GT1 Corvette C6R, the Pontiac GXP and the Grand Am racing cars for the Le Mans 24 Hours, the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and the 24 Hours of Spa. "The JOULE lighting systems of OSRAM have so far been hugely reliable", says Stewart Taylor, Head Engineer Electronics at Pratt & Miller Engineering. "Not one part of the JOULE lighting installed in our vehicles has ever failed and so far not one part of the equipment has had to be replaced."

Osram Opto Semiconductors GmbH

OSRAM is part of the Industry sector of Siemens and one of the two leading lighting manufacturers in the world. Sales for the OSRAM group worldwide in the year ending September 30, 2007 totaled 4.7 billion euros, 88 percent of which came from outside Germany. OSRAM is a high-tech company in the lighting industry. Around 60 percent of sales come from energyefficient products. This global player employs more than 41,000 people worldwide, supplies customers in some 150 countries and has 48 production facilities in 17 countries.