Sapphire 2018 awards program is open for entries with more categories (MAGAZINE)

July 31, 2017
The dog days of summer may have arrived, but forget about the sweltering heat and get to work nominating the hottest products in the solid-state lighting (SSL) sector for the LEDs Magazine Sapphire Awards.
The dog days of summer may have arrived, but forget about the sweltering heat and get to work nominating the hottest products in the solid-state lighting (SSL) sector for the LEDs Magazine Sapphire Awards. Don't miss the chance to nominate an innovator or small team for our Illumineer of the Year award, the winner of which is named to cap off our Sapphire Awards Gala each year. And as I will detail, there are new categories this year and an addition to the program to recognize Rising Stars.

We opened entries to our Illumineer and traditional product categories recently. As in the past, the Sapphire program will recognize both enabling technologies such as LEDs, drivers, and more; and end lighting products across a variety of applications. Entries submitted before August 4 qualify for an Early Bird discount, so take advantage of the slower pace in the industry over the summer to complete your entries.

A few notes about the entry process: First, make sure you upload any product collateral that might be helpful to the judges. Realize that photometric test reports go a long way toward helping judges verify performance claims made in press releases and datasheets.

And please do not underestimate the importance of a good essay about the entry. Essays can convey details on inspiration, perspiration, and realization relative to a product development that are rarely evident in press materials and spec sheets. Tell the judges about the underlying innovation and explain how it translates to applications.

Now let's consider the new parts of Sapphire 2018. We have added categories for innovative lighting projects and installations and identified six categories: connected lighting systems, façade or entertainment lighting, horticultural lighting, indoor architectural lighting, lighting for health and wellbeing, and outdoor street and area lighting.

Entries for the project categories will open soon, most likely before you read this column. We welcome lighting designers and specifiers, building owners, facility managers, and more to submit entries. Lighting manufacturers are welcome to submit entries for projects that utilize their products.

Also new for 2018, we will launch our Sapphire Rising Star awards. We are looking for professionals under the age of 35 from across the LED and lighting industry that are making a difference in the evolution of lighting technology.

For the Rising Star program, we are seeking people who are doing more than just great work in their primary job - although that day-job performance is important to us. But we are looking for young professionals who spend extra time serving in what you might consider extracurricular activities - working on industry standards, volunteering for humanitarian projects, advocating for regulatory policy, committing time to educational programs, and more. Consider nominating someone you know, and then we will ask selected nominees to submit details on their great work. We will celebrate the Rising Stars at the Sapphire Gala.

Meanwhile, we still celebrate our Sapphire 2017 winners. For this issue, we interviewed Scott Santoro, vice president of product development at Fluxwerx. The interview centers on the Fold luminaire that won a Sapphire this past February. Fold has a distinct optical design and does a great job of leveraging the uniqueness of LED light sources. And you might find some helpful hints for writing that essay for your entry.



About the Author

Maury Wright | Editor in Chief

Maury Wright is an electronics engineer turned technology journalist, who has focused specifically on the LED & Lighting industry for the past decade. Wright first wrote for LEDs Magazine as a contractor in 2010, and took over as Editor-in-Chief in 2012. He has broad experience in technology areas ranging from microprocessors to digital media to wireless networks that he gained over 30 years in the trade press. Wright has experience running global editorial operations, such as during his tenure as worldwide editorial director of EDN Magazine, and has been instrumental in launching publication websites going back to the earliest days of the Internet. Wright has won numerous industry awards, including multiple ASBPE national awards for B2B journalism excellence, and has received finalist recognition for LEDs Magazine in the FOLIO Eddie Awards. He received a BS in electrical engineering from Auburn University.