Innovators honored at third annual LEDs Magazine Sapphire Awards Gala

March 7, 2017

Nashua, NH The Sapphire Awards Gala Dinner, held on the night of March 1, 2017, celebrated the most innovative companies in the solid-state lighting (SSL) industry by naming the third annual LEDs Magazine Sapphire Award winners. The event, held in conjunction with Strategies in Light, The LED Show, and Lightspace California in Anaheim, CA, honored the enabling technologies and elegance-of-design in finished lighting products in the industry. Sixteen companies were awarded at this year’s event.

“With LED sources, the story was long about energy efficiency, but when history is written it will be about photometrics and form factor. LEDs enable all new experiences in light,” said Maury Wright, Editor-in-Chief of LEDs Magazine. “Our Sapphire Awards winners exemplify that eventuality with innovation that is simply amazing relative to products from one year ago.”

“Our Gala event was the highlight of the co-located shows in Anaheim this week. All of our attendees arrived dressed to the nines and ready to celebrate this year’s winners. It was inspiring to meet and award so many trailblazers in the industry,” said Christine Shaw, Senior Vice President and Group Publisher for PennWell’s Technology Group. “I am thrilled about how the Gala turned out, and would like to sincerely thank our sponsors Tempo and Trinseo, our VIP attendees, and everyone who participated and attended this year’s event.”

Sixty companies working across the LED and solid-state lighting sectors nominated over 100 products to be considered for the third annual Sapphire Awards, along with outstanding individuals or teams for the prestigious Illumineer of the Year award. Sapphire Awards judges ultimately considered products across 16 technology categories that covered the spectrum of lighting applications from new categories such as Horticultural Lighting and Smart and Connected SSL Technologies, to classic products such as LED Drivers and Industrial SSL Luminaire Design. During the Gala, the best of the best took home Sapphire trophies after the late-night celebration.

Illumineer of the Year

Alexander Wilm

Key expert in SSL, Osram Opto Semiconductors

Commercial-Quality SSL Lamp Design

Green Creative 8.5MR16DIM Lamp

Horticultural Lighting

Lumileds Luxeon SunPlus Series LEDs

ICs and Electronic Components for SSL

Linear Technology LT3965 LED Bypass Switching Device

Indoor Ambient, Track, and Accent SSL Luminaire Design

Axis Lighting Sculpt Accent Lights

Indoor Ambient, Track, and Accent SSL Luminaire Design

Fluxwerx Fold Linear Pendant Luminaire

Industrial SSL Luminaire Design

Cree HXB Series LED High-Bay Luminaire

LED Drivers

Fulham Outdoor Wireless Programmable Drivers

Linear T8 SSL Lamp Design

Energy Focus, Inc Redcap Battery-Integrated Emergency TLED

Modular LED Light Engines

Plessey Semiconductors Ltd PLWS3000 Series Orion Beam-Forming Module

Outdoor Landscape and Accent SSL Luminaire Design

Hubbell Lighting Kim Lighting Lightvault 8 RGBW Luminaire

Outdoor Street and Area SSL Luminaire Design

Eaton Invue Arbor LED Collection

Packaged LEDs and OLEDs

Osram Opto Semiconductors Duris P 10 LEDs

Smart and Connected SSL Technologies

Echelon Lumewave PL-RF Gateway

Specialty SSL Design

Unilux LED UV Inspection Strobes

SSL Enabling Technologies

Fraen Color-Mixing Optical Zoom System

Tools and Tests in SSL Design

Vektrex SpikeSafe Performance Current Sources

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