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 are screened to ensure that there is no possible conflict of interest in the process. LEDs Magazine staff plays a supporting role in the judging of the submitted products and Illumineer of the Year nominations.



Jim Benya

Benya Burnett Consultancy


Deborah Burnett

Benya Burnett Consultancy


Carl Bloomfield



Chris Brown

Nextgen Lighting


Daryl DeJean

Emerging Technologies Associates


Rachel Gibney

Available Light


Monica Hansen

LED Lighting Advisors


Eric Haugaard



Dawn Hollingsworth

Darkhorse Lightworks


Duncan Jackson

Billings Jackson Design


Brad Koerner

Philips Lighting


Clifton Lemon

Clifton Lemon Associates


Dave Neal

Seoul Semiconductor


Steve Paolini



Kris Sandheinrich

KGM Lighting


Willem Sillevis-Smitt



Milena Simeonova



Philip Smallwood

Strategies Unlimited


Aaron Smith



Robert Steele

Strategies in Light


Maury Wright

LEDs Magazine