BREAKING: Sapphire Awards sheds light on winning innovations

March 1, 2019
Carrie Meadows reports the winning products in the fifth annual Sapphire Awards and the industry pioneer honored as Illumineer of the Year.

CARRIE MEADOWS reports the winning products in the fifth annual Sapphire Awards and the industry pioneer honored as Illumineer of the Year.

LAS VEGAS — Late into the evening on Feb. 28, industry participants celebrated the announcement of the fifth annual LEDs Magazine Sapphire Awards winners at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. The spotlight event, held during the week of Strategies in Light, was emceed by chief editor Maury Wright with support from the PennWell LED & Lighting Network team. Attendees from across the LED and solid-state lighting (SSL) supply chain eagerly awaited the results as dinner was served and champagne flowed.

Although business and economic shifts over many months now have demanded much of our focus, repeating themes while vetting the 2019 Sapphire Awards entries exemplified the ongoing improvement in light output and experience with LEDs, overcoming early shortcomings of SSL products based on lessons learned via the combined efforts of lighting designers, specifiers, and manufacturers looking to achieve product reliability and project sustainability outcomes.

We won’t hold our audience in suspense any longer. Please join us in extending our congratulations to the following for their product developments and contributions to advancing LED and SSL technology and applications. Bookmark our Awards website and look for extended coverage on the Sapphire Awards Gala and winners in our March issue of LEDs Magazine.

Illumineer of the Year

Tigran V. Galstian, PhD — LensVector CTO and professor at Université Laval

Packaged LEDs and OLEDs

Cree XLamp eTone COB LEDs

Modular LED Light Engines

LED Linear VarioLED Flex VENUS 3D True Color modules

ICs and Electronic Components for SSL

Seoul Semiconductor NanoDriver

LED Drivers

Fulham EliteControl PoE 2-Channel LED Driver

SSL Enabling Technologies

Khatod Optoelectronic Nactus 6x2 SIL Silicone Optic

Tools and Tests in SSL Design

United Power Research Technology MK350S Premium Spectrometer

Emergency SSL Luminaires, Modules, and Drivers

Igor PoE Emergency Lighting Driver

Smart and Connected SSL Enabling Technologies

Enlighted 5th Generation Smart Sensor

Smart and Connected SSL Systems

Osram Digital Systems Encelium Extend

SSL Lamp Design

Keystone Technologies Sign Hero 360˚ LED Sign Tube

Indoor Flex SSL for Coves, Cabinets, and Cases

Environmental Lights HyperFlex 2835 LED Strip Light

Indoor Decorative Pendant SSL Luminaire Design

Nulite Lighting Sero

Indoor Troffer, Track, and Downlight SSL Luminaire Design

Axis Lighting Sculpt Mikrolite

Outdoor Landscape and Architectural SSL Design

Lumenpulse Lumenbeam Inground LED luminaire

Outdoor Street and Area SSL Luminaire Design

Hubbell Outdoor Lighting Intercept LED luminaire

Specialty SSL Design

Saco Technologies Shockwave V-Stick S and S2 LED video modules

Industrial SSL Luminaire Design

Columbia Lighting/Hubbell Lighting Peloton High Performance High Bay

Horticultural Lighting

Plessey Semiconductors Ltd. Hyperion LED Grow Light

Lighting for Health and Wellbeing

BIOS Lighting BIOS Bio-dimming Light Engine Technology

About the Author

Carrie Meadows | Editor-in-Chief, LEDs Magazine

Carrie Meadows has more than 20 years of experience in the publishing and media industry. She worked with the PennWell Technology Group for more than 17 years, having been part of the editorial staff at Solid State Technology, Microlithography World, Lightwave, Portable Design, CleanRooms, Laser Focus World, and Vision Systems Design before the group was acquired by current parent company Endeavor Business Media.

Meadows has received finalist recognition for LEDs Magazine in the FOLIO Eddie Awards, and has volunteered as a judge on several B2B editorial awards committees. She received a BA in English literature from Saint Anselm College, and earned thesis honors in the college's Geisel Library. Without the patience to sit down and write a book of her own, she has gladly undertaken the role of editor for the writings of friends and family.

Meadows enjoys living in the beautiful but sometimes unpredictable four seasons of the New England region, volunteering with an animal shelter, reading (of course), and walking with friends and extended "dog family" in her spare time.