2020 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.
Luminaires designed to meet regulatory policy on emergency lighting and technologies such as connectivity and battery-backup implementations that enable people to exit a facility in the case of any power loss.
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.
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.