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2019 Product Categories

2019 Sapphire Awards Categories

The Sapphire Awards judging panel reserves the right to move any entries into a category that is deemed appropriate or more fitting based on the description of the product and any materials that support the submission. Categories may be modified at the discretion of the Sapphire Awards advisors and judges after the close of submissions. Click to learn more about what types of products fit into each submission category

Packaged LEDs encompass all standalone LED devices, whether surface-mount, chip-on-board (CoB), chip-scale package (CSP), or other technologies. Ultraviolet or infrared LEDs may be submitted into the packaged LED category. OLED devices and panels intended for incorporation into finished products should be submitted into this category.

Modular LED light engines consists of integrated assemblies of packaged LEDs or arrays of LEDs, an LED driver, and assorted optical, electrical, thermal, and mechanical components. LED projector assemblies may also be considered.

Devices responsible for providing and regulating power to LED components or fixtures. Devices may be internal or external, constant current or constant voltage drivers; AC LED drivers would be submitted in this category.

Enabling technologies encompasses components aside from the LED and associated electronics (microcontrollers, integrated circuits, LED drivers, etc.): optics, lenses, waveguides, lightguides, diffusers; optical materials; interconnect technologies for interfacing components, such as connectors, cabling, LED holders; thermal management materials and devices such as heatsinks, coolers, substrates; and any other materials such as bonding, encapsulation, assembly materials, etc.

This category includes all the electronic components designed as integrated circuit (IC) or microcontroller units (MCUs), driver ICs, color sensors, and other types of sensors that are integrated into an LED-based system.

“Tools” generally is our catch-all term for simulation, design, and test and measurement software but can also include online-available services such as apps that help with these tasks. “Tests” covers SSL test and measurement hardware/equipment, including spectrometers, integrating spheres, goniometers, luminance meters, and full metrology systems.

Any LED lamps for commercial or residential use will be appropriate for submission. This category will include products such as LED T8 lamps (tubes), PAR lamps, MR16 lamps, A-lamps, and so on. Smart and/or tunable lamp products should also be entered into this category.

Horticultural SSL products may span from packaged LEDs that deliver wavelengths specifically designed to support plant health and growing operations, to fixtures to full smart lighting systems that monitor and adjust light for programmed conditions.

Human-centric lighting, or lighting for health and wellbeing, describes a broad range of products and technologies from lighting that delivers a dynamic spectrum to support human circadian rhythms to SSL that can perform disinfection or sanitizing tasks to prevent the spread of pathogens via surfaces, air, or water.

All LED fixtures and luminaires rated and intended for indoor application only, commercial or residential. Includes architectural and indoor decorative products (cove, accent, and others) as well as task lighting, ambient lighting, emergency lighting, etc.

All LED fixtures and luminaires rated and intended for outdoor application only. Includes exterior area and street lighting, exterior architectural lighting, landscape lighting, pedestrian-scale lighting, wall-washers, etc.

All LED fixtures and luminaires designed for use in harsh industrial conditions such as in warehouses, manufacturing plants, storage facilities, factories, and so on. Includes high-lumen-output or high-ceiling products such as high bays.

Modules, connectivity products, and other enablers for smart lighting, smart buildings, and smart cities. Can include software, modules, smart sensors, intelligent drivers, smart switches, and other enabling technologies that feature in a larger networked lighting installation. Can include both wired and wireless networking technologies.

Full-featured smart lighting management platforms that may connect and control a network of devices, and/or multiple building/city systems, and/or deliver applications such as indoor location/positioning services, asset tracking and control, dynamic lighting control systems, etc. Can include both wired and wireless networking technologies.

Includes all SSL products intended for applications aside from general illumination, horticultural lighting, and lighting for health and wellbeing. Applications can include automotive, medical, life sciences/research, and façade lighting.

The Humanitarian Award is intended to honor a company or organization that has provided lighting materials, lighting products, or services to those in need. Manufacturers, distributors, and consultants working in the SSL industry are eligible. All projects or initiatives must have been undertaken within the last 18 months.

If you need assistance selecting a category for your submission, please e-mail your inquiry to Stephanie Fieldman, program manager, at stephanief@pennwell.com, and our team will be glad to advise you.

Submissions for the 2019 program will open on June 26, 2018!


Submission Requirements for Sapphire Awards Product Entries

  • Product name (and model number, if applicable)
  • Company name
  • Print quality photo(s) of the product (300 dpi at 1500 pixels wide or better)

You will also need to select the category in which your product will be judged.  If your product could fit in more than one category, please select only one as each product will only be judged once. 

In the section labeled Product Entries, you have the opportunity to include additional materials and provide a brief description of the product’s innovations and value-added features to further support your entry.  Note that more complete entries give the judges a better understanding of the products.  Optional supplemental items to consider incorporating into your submission (subject to a 5 document upload limit) include but are not limited to:

  • Press releases
  • Technical and/or corporate backgrounders
  • Data sheets • Application notes
  • Case studies

Please note that a contact from the company is required in case technical questions arise during the review period. If an agency is submitting the product on behalf of a company, please provide two points of contact: a primary contact from the agency and a secondary contact from the company.

Nomination Fees

  • EARLY BIRD DEADLINE September 14, 2018: $395 Per Entry
  • September 15 - October 19, 2018 at Regular Submission Rate: $495 Per Entry

Submissions for the 2019 program will open on June 26, 2018!