updated 01:00 pm EST, Wed February 28, 2007
OSRAM Ultra-Bright LED
Seizing the moment, OSRAM has announced the OSTAR Lighting LED. Despite containing only a single, small light, the snowflake-like layout of chips gives the LED a brightness of over 1,000 lumen. That's as much light as a 50-watt halogen lamp while using only a fraction of the power, the company brags. The advancement lets the single light cover an entire desk when bounced off of a reflector.
The eco-friendliness of the design could represent a potential breakthrough for lighting, slashing the normally steep prices of LEDs while also letting LEDs substitute for power-hungry incandescent bulbs in smaller spaces. OSRAM is sampling the OSTAR lights over the next few months and hopes to see real-world products on shelves by this summer. [thanks, Demannu]