News | April 23, 2007

Color Kinetics Announces Agreement with TRUMPF for Surgical Light

April 24, 2007 - Color Kinetics Inc. announced a global licensing agreement with TRUMPF GmbH Co. KG, a $2 billion German manufacturing company.

TRUMPF will license Color Kinetics' patents to offer the iLED surgical light, which combines intelligent microprocessor control with LEDs to produce variable color temperatures of light. The license will also apply to any future intelligent LED-based medical lights that TRUMPF may develop. The agreement marks Color Kinetics' first in the medical lighting field, and the first related specifically to white light applications.

The FDA-approved iLED surgical light offers multiple benefits over conventional medical lighting systems. Its lack of radiated heat provides a more comfortable operating environment for doctors while its variable color temperature allows more precise examination of human tissue by making contrasts more visible. iLED utilizes Color Kinetics' patented inventions to produce LED-based white light that is adjustable from 3,500 - 5,000 Kelvin, or "warm" to "cool." This capability has also proven helpful for doctors' concentration and alertness during lengthy surgeries, when cooler light is preferred.

The agreement with TRUMPF is the latest signed in a strong groundswell of activity for Color Kinetics' licensing program, which secured a record twelve new agreements in the first quarter alone. These included contracts with lighting manufacturers such as Element Labs, Lamina Ceramics and UK-based Solar GB, as well as manufacturers in vertical fields, including Ford Motor Company. This accelerating momentum points to the increasingly pervasive and versatile use of intelligent LED technology.

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