“The Sapphire trophy gained immediate iconic status in our industry,” said Christine Shaw, senior vice president and publishing director at LEDs Magazine. “We set the bar high with the program and the Gala, but we promise to deliver on our commitment to the industry with a stellar program in 2016, including broader recognition for the participants and great return on investment for our sponsors.”
The LEDs Magazine Sapphire Awards will kick off in July, when the magazine will open nominations for both the Sapphire Awards and for the Illumineer of the Year Award. The nomination categories are expected to include: Packaged LEDs and OLED panels, Modular SSL light engines, LED drivers, ICs and electronic components, SSL enabling technologies, SSL tools and test, SSL lamp design, Indoor SSL luminaire design, Industrial SSL luminaire design, Outdoor SSL luminaire design, Specialty SSL luminaire design, and Smart SSL technology products. The exact categories will be fully detailed by mid-summer so that LED technology developers can prepare to participate.
The Sapphire Awards relies on independent judges chosen from industry and consultancy roles to ensure that all entries are fairly evaluated by multiple experts. The judges assigned to evaluate any given product category or Illumineer of the Year entry will be screened to ensure that there is no possible conflict of interest in the process. LEDs Magazine staff will play a supporting role in the judging of the submitted product and Illumineer of the Year nominations.
“We were thrilled to see the response to our inaugural Sapphire Awards in terms of the quality and number of entrants and interest from the industry regarding the winners, but we plan to make the 2016 Awards even better,” said Maury Wright, editor of LEDs Magazine. “We are already working to expand and enhance the judging panel and process and will soon be making our plans public so that companies can easily enter the most-recognized awards program in the LED and SSL industries.”
The LEDs Magazine Sapphire Awards is the first program in the SSL industry to focus on the LED-based market from an enabling-technology and elegance-of-design perspective. There are a number of awards programs that focus exclusively on lamps and luminaires, but the LEDs Magazine Sapphire Awards recognize the true wizards behind the LED revolution.
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