Applications are now being accepted for the Second Annual LEDs Magazine Sapphire Awards

July 22, 2015
Nashua, NH / LEDs Magazine is now accepting applications for the second annual LEDs Magazine Sapphire Awards. The awards program will culminate with the magazine recognizing the solid-state lighting industry's most innovative products at a Gala dinner and awards ceremony held in Santa Clara, CA in conjunction with Strategies in Light co-located with The LED Show in March 2016. The Sapphire Awards will also present the prestigious Illumineer of the Year Award to a person or team that is responsible for an especially noteworthy development in the LED-centric technology sector.

Get the latest Sapphire Awards program and submission process details

LEDs Magazine invites vendors to submit written information, photos, and spec sheets about products that have been released or upgraded in the past year. This information will be used by the Sapphire Awards panel to rank products based on their unique technology or application thereof, innovation, ease of use, efficiency, reliability, and contribution to profitability.

LEDs Magazine staff will play a supporting role in the judging of the submitted product and Illumineer nominations. Scores/comments from the judging panel and the names of the panelists may be made public at the awards program, although the publicized scores and comments will not be attributed to specific panelists. This process helps ensure that judges can be as frank and honest about the technical matter they are reviewing as possible, while providing the most useful feedback about new products and technologies in the LED and lighting communities.

SLIDESHOW: LEDs Magazine Sapphire Awards finalists in technology & application categories

“We are thrilled to open the nomination process for our second annual LEDs Magazine Sapphire Awards,” said editor-in-chief Maury Wright. “The companies enabling the solid-state lighting revolution are among the most innovative in the technology sector and we intend to identify the best and brightest work for the entire industry to see. The companies recognized in the process will deserve the accolades they receive at our Gala awards dinner next March.”

The Sapphire winners in each category and the Illumineer of the Year will be announced concurrently with Strategies in Light in March 2016. Subsequently the judges scoring for all entries earning a score of 3.5 Sapphires or better will be publicized in LEDs Magazine.

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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.