Sapphire Awards ‘shortlist’ speaks volumes about SSL innovation (UPDATED)

The fourth annual LEDs Magazine Sapphire Awards program closes out the year by announcing the finalists across 20 technology and application categories.

BREAKING: Sapphire Awards program applauds best-in-class SSL developments (GALLERY)
BREAKING: Sapphire Awards program applauds best-in-class SSL developments (GALLERY)

LEDs Magazine is pleased to announce the finalists in its fourth annual Sapphire Awards program, which recognizes and rewards the passion and forward thinking that inspires professionals across all sectors of the SSL market to continue to innovate and rethink function, design, and future potential.

BREAKING: Sapphire Awards program applauds best-in-class SSL developments (GALLERY)BREAKING: Sapphire Awards program applauds best-in-class SSL developments (GALLERY)The fourth annual LEDs Magazine Sapphire Awards program closes out 2017 by announcing the finalists across 20 technology and application categories, highlighting the industry influencers who will get the chance to raise a trophy at the February 14th Gala aboard the RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA.

The ‘shortlist’ of finalists in this year’s Sapphire Awards program speaks volumes about the level of innovation and leadership in the LED and solid-state lighting (SSL) community. Of course, there are many well-established names below and we expected as much, with the number of products that were announced within the past year. What is even more compelling is the list of companies with which we may be less familiar but that have no less drive and passion for illuminating the world and pushing the boundaries of SSL into emerging applications. We look forward to seeing those names attached to further developments that escalate the viability of SSL technologies…and provide the stimulus for new markets.

The products recognized as finalists are responsible for breaking through technical barriers, achieving new levels of performance, reliability, light quality, cost reductions, and other features that deliver on the potential of lighting in applications from healthier and smarter buildings to smart cities to horticultural operations. This year, our expert judging panel saw an expansion of SSL products that are designed to positively influence human health and wellbeing. And we’re pleased to see that the industry has maintained quality design in power components and controls that address needs across varying levels of complexity for SSL system implementation.

You’ll find the comprehensive shortlist below. Stay tuned for news on the Illumineer of the Year finalists, Rising Star, and Humanitarian awards as well. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn for more Sapphire Awards updates, Gala announcements, and, of course, the winners reveal! Visit the Sapphire Awards website for more background on the program.

SAPPHIRE AWARDS FINALISTS

Packaged LEDs and OLEDs

Bridgelux / Vesta Dim-To-Warm COB
Lumileds / Luxeon L1V1 CSP LED Series
Osram Opto Semiconductors / Osconiq P 3737 3W
Samsung Electronics LED / LH351C LED

Modular LED Light Engines

Bridgelux / Vesta Tunable White Arrays
Fulham / Universal Voltage DirectAC LED Engines
Lumileds / Matrix Platform Advanced Technologies
Samsung Electronics LED / Q-Series Linear Modules
SoraaLaser / LaserLight Fiber Module

ICs and Electronic Components for SSL

ams / AS7225 Tunable White Smart Sensor
Infineon Technologies / ICL5102 PFC+Resonant Controller
Maxim Integrated / MAX20078 Synchronous Buck Controller

Constant Current LED Drivers

Artesyn Embedded Technologies / iHP Series High Power System
ERP Power / CDB Series
Inventronics / ESD-600S
Osram / Optotronic Programmable LED Emergency Driver

Constant Voltage LED Drivers

Elemental LED / Omnidrive 2
ERP Power / VLM Series
Optic Arts / VintageDim

SSL Enabling Technologies — Optics, thermal, interconnect, etc.

Gaggione / LLC66x7 Silicone Collimator Range
LensVector / LVS3-48 Liquid Crystal Lens
Luminit / Double-sided Batwing Light Shaping Diffuser
TE Connectivity / Lumawise Z50 Drive LED Holder

Tools and Tests in SSL Design

Gamma Scientific / RS-7-7 SpectralLED Tunable LED Light Booth
GL Optic / Spectis 1 Touch Flicker Meter
United Power Research Technology Corp. / UPRtek PG100N Spectral PAR Meter

Smart and Connected SSL Enabling Technologies

LED Roadway Lighting / T100 Toolless Sensor Platform
McWong International, Inc. / PacWave Smart Sensor Control Platform
Osram Digital Lighting Systems / Connected Lighting Module and Optotronic Driver
Samsung Electronics LED / Samsung LED Smart Lighting Platform

Smart and Connected SSL Systems

Eaton / WaveLinx Wireless Connected Lighting System
Echelon Corporation / LumInsight 2 Central Management System
Lumenpulse Group Inc. / Lumentalk Power Line Communications Platform

Residential SSL Lamp and Luminaire Design

Cerno / Revelite Art Light
LEDvance / Sylvania Smart+ LED Strip
LEDvance / Sylvania Smart+ A19 Filament
MaxLite / LED LiteBars

Taking place during the Strategies in Light conference and exhibition, co-located with The LED Show and Lightspace California, the Sapphire Awards Gala will present an exciting networking opportunity in a spectacular venue with great food and entertainment. Although the competition is fierce, attendees will enjoy the prospect of meeting with PennWell’s LED & Lighting Network team and fellow industry professionals in the spirit of camaraderie and celebration of SSL achievements over the past year. Purchase tickets now!
Commercial-Quality SSL Lamp Design

Filamento / Valto High Bay LED Lamp
Green Creative / Refine Series PAR38
Keystone Technologies / Dimmable DirectDrive T8

Indoor Ambient, Cove, and Accent SSL Luminaire Design

Elemental LED / SPOTMOD SLIK LED Panels
The Lighting Quotient / elliptipar S43x Indirect Luminaire
Soraa / Soraa Arc Adjustable Luminaire
Tempo / pr1meFX Cove
Vode Lighting / ZipThree 707 Wall Mount

Indoor Decorative Pendant Luminaire Design

Acolyte LED / Synthesis LED Linear
Fluxwerx / Spoke
Focal Point / Obscura
Litecontrol, a Hubbell Lighting brand / Inde-Pendants 32L
Zumtobel / Ondaria

Indoor Troffer and Downlight SSL Luminaire Design

DMF Lighting / DRD4M and OneFrame
JLC-Tech / T-BAR LED Asymmetrical Wall Wash
Kichler / Horizon 43855WHLED30T Downlight
Zumtobel / Mellow Light Infinity

Industrial SSL Luminaire Design

Flex Lighting Solutions / Essentials Series 4.0 LED High Bay
Hubbell Industrial Lighting, a Hubbell Lighting brand / SpectraLoc Highbay
Zumtobel / Craft

Outdoor Landscape and Architectural SSL Design

Architectural Area Lighting, a Hubbell Lighting brand / Cypher Wall Sconce
Elemental LED / Infiniline 2 LED Strip Light
Kichler / 12V LED Accent with Variable Lumen Output
Lumenpulse / Lumenfaçade

Outdoor Street and Area SSL Luminaire Design

cBright Lighting / Apex Pro LED Sports Flood
Dual-Lite and Hubbell Outdoor Lighting / GeoPak LED Wallpack
Kenall Manufacturing / SenScape SPG18 Series
MaxLite / Mpulse Surface Mount Luminaire

Specialty SSL Design

Fraen Corporation / Embedded Optic Module OM003-0100
Traxon Technologies, an Osram brand / Dot XLQ-8 RGBW Module
Unilux / LED2000 with Smart Assist

Horticultural Lighting

Active Grow LLC / Sweet Grass Series
Lumigrow Inc. / LumiGrow Smart Horticultural LED Lighting
Lumileds / Luxeon SunPlus COB Series
Osram Opto Semiconductors / Oslon Square Hyper Red
Plessey Semiconductor / Hyperion LED Grow Light

Lighting for Health and Wellbeing

Hubbell Healthcare Solutions, a Hubbell Lighting brand / Evexia
Kenall Manufacturing / Indigo-Clean Luminaire Series
Ketra / Ketra Linear Luminaire Series

LEDs Magazine would like to thank its esteemed judges for their invaluable insight and expertise in evaluating the Sapphire Awards submissions. Meet and greet some of them at the Sapphire Awards Gala — visit our ticket portal now.

*With contributions from Maury Wright and Danielle Blanchette

*Updated Dec. 7, 2017 9:30am for product name correction.
*Updated Dec. 11, 2017 9:53am for product part number correction.

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