Osram Sylvania was honored by The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for its HMI® Metal Halide Lamp Technology last week in Los Angeles with a Primetime Emmy® Engineering Award. On behalf of the company, Robert Crowell, national sales manager, accepted this highly regarded award in recognition of outstanding achievement in engineering development.

Designed in 1967 by Dr. Bernard Kühl and Mr. Alexander Dobrusskin, Osram Sylvania HMI lamps offered a safe alternative to the dangerous and widely used carbon arc lights of the time. The technology has since gone on to become a mainstay in the television production industry. Osram Sylvania HMI lamps are powerful, compact discharge light sources that replace the sun, bringing ideal exterior daylight conditions to indoor studios and make exterior locations look like high noon any time of the day or night. Their robust base design and tolerance to high operating temperatures satisfy the demands of modern TV and film lighting, especially in outdoor applications.

“We are extremely excited and proud to receive such a prestigious award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. In 1967, the Osram Sylvania HMI lamp was considered cutting edge technology revolutionizing the film and studio lighting business. It appears that after all this time and with continuous improvement and development, Osram Sylvania HMI lamp technology is still considered to be cutting edge technology,” says Rick Laird, North American business unit manager, Entertainment, Osram Sylvania Display/Optic Division.

“Primetime Emmy Engineering Plaques are given for achievements that exhibit a high level of engineering and are important to the progress of the television industry,” John Leverence, senior vice president of Awards for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, notes. “The committee was particularly impressed by the safety features of Osram Sylvania’s lamps, which made studio lighting considerably less dangerous than the old carbon arc lights,” he adds.