Color Kinetics and Osram Sylvania announce LED licensing agreement

Osram Sylvania has licensed Color Kinetics' patents to develop an LED system for Gotham Architectural Downlighting

Color Kinetics has announced yet another licensing agreement for its color-changing LED patents, this time with Osram Sylvania, the North American operation of lighting giant Osram GmbH.

Osram Sylvania will license and use Color Kinetics' technology and patents for a product to be marketed by Gotham Architectural Downlighting, an Acuity Brands company.

Specifically, Osram Sylvania will create an intelligent, multi-color LED system for Gotham, which develops downlighting products that enhance the appearance of modern spaces. Acuity Brands Lighting is one of the world's leading providers of lighting fixtures and includes brands such as Lithonia Lighting, Holophane, Peerless, Hydrel, American Electric Lighting, and Gotham.

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to license the Color Kinetics patents for this OEM opportunity," said Sameer Sodhi, general manager of the Osram Sylvania LED Systems division, adding that LEDs offer exceptional flexibility in the creation of new and unique lighting fixtures.

"Through this agreement," said Sodhi, "we are able to provide a complete LED system solution meeting the high standards of our OEM customer. This system is an important new product for Osram Sylvania and reflects our company's focus on developing customized LED solutions."

Bill Sims, president and CEO of Color Kinetics, described the agreement as "significant" and said, "Earning the Osram Sylvania stamp of validation sends a strong message to the industry, and reaffirms the value of the innovations protected by our broad patent portfolio."

For Gotham, Steve Wiese, director of Architectural downlighting, said, "By tastefully integrating color into our decorative luminaires we offer visually distinct products that are relevant to modern interior design. LEDs make the use of color more interesting -- we now can dynamically control the colors achieved and the rate in which they change, allowing designers even greater creative latitude."

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