Saturday, 22 September 2012

Osram turns Oktoberfest green with LED

LED producer Osram has updated one of Oktoberfest’s most historic sites, the Hippodrom, by replacing the tent’s incandescent bulbs with 550 energy-efficient LED lamps.

The Hippodrom, despite being one of Frankfurt’s smaller tents, is amongst the most popular in Oktoberfest – the world’s largest fair of any type. The tent, which celebrates its 110th anniversary this year, is frequented by many celebrities (and Boris Becker) throughout the event which runs from 22nd September to 7th October.

It is claimed that the refitting should save around 1.2 tons in CO2 emissions, by reducing the individual wattage of each lamp from 25 watts to 5 watts. For those concerned about the potential loss of the tent’s cozy atmosphere, Osram have provided warm-white LED lamps which should create a welcoming ambient light. 

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