LEDs Magazine is pleased to announce the 7th annual Sapphire Awards finalists. For 2021, 17 product categories were recognized, with submissions delineating a clear path toward solid-state lighting (SSL) and systems that do more than illuminate spaces. Launched in 2014 with the first winners announced at Strategies in Light 2015, the Sapphire Awards program has honored innovators and product developments that have advanced LED-centric SSL components, systems, and applications into the mainstream, and have promoted performance and capabilities beyond traditional light sources. 2021 Awards winners were recognized in August during the virtual Strategies in Light conference (Aug. 24–25, 2021). In the category "Indoor Cove, Strip, Specialty, and Lamp Design", the ULTIMA luminaire was the clear winner.
Sapphire Award Finalists
The LEDs Magazine Sapphire Awards celebrates the innovation driving our industry and takes place during Strategies in Light conference. The 2020 Sapphire Awards winners were announced during a reception aboard the USS Midway on Feb. 12, 2020 in San Diego.
In the reception LED Linear’s NEXUS UHD Flex tape was announced as the winner in “SSL Flex, Tiles, and Sheets” category and was honored with a Sapphire Award trophy.
The German Brand Award is the award for successful brand management in Germany. He discovers, awards and presents unique brands and brand makers. Already in its premiere year 2016, the competition had over 900 entries and a gross media coverage of more than 70 million contacts, thus offering the excellent brand work of German companies an exclusive forum. The German Brand Award makes brand successes visible in a unique way. As well in this year LED Linear™ was one of the winners for the fifth time and was awarded the Special Mention label in the category "Brand Innovation of the Year".
The German Brand Award is the award for successful brand management in Germany. He discovers, awards and presents unique brands and brand makers. Already in its premiere year 2016, the competition had over 900 entries and a gross media coverage of more than 70 million contacts, thus offering the excellent brand work of German companies an exclusive forum. The German Brand Award makes brand successes visible in a unique way. As well in this year LED Linear™ was one of the winners for the fifth time and was awarded the Winner label in the category "Excellent Brands – Lighting".
The ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Architecture Competition – the German Design Council's international competition – honors the best architectural and design solutions. Architects, engineers, specialist planners, agencies and design studios, construction and real estate companies as well as manufacturers of materials, building technology, fittings, plumbing and bathroom products, etc., were invited to submit their projects by 17 May 2019. LED Linear™ convinced the jury with its innovative system luminaires LYRA 36 NANO and XOOCOVE.
The Sapphire Awards is the first competition in the lighting industry to focus on the LED-based solid-state lighting (SSL) market from an enabling-technology and elegance-of-design perspective — recognizes true technology stars. The judging process, handled by independent industry experts, culminates in an Awards Gala held at Strategies in Light, which puts the spotlight on winners in multiple product categories. 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 innovator entry will be screened to ensure that there is no possible conflict of interest in the process. LED Linear™ was finalist in two categories and won in one category. MARS NANO – finalist in the Indoor Troffer, Track, and Downlight SSL Luminaire Design category. VarioLED™ Flex VENUS 3D – winner of the Modular LED Light Engine category.
The ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Interior 2019 distinguish the best of all areas of interior design. Anyone who prevails here against the high-caliber competition has successfully proven that they can come to the public with exceptionally good products. LED Linear™ has received this award for outstanding design quality with two new products: MARS NANO and XOOLUX™ NANO. The ceremonial award ceremony of the ICONIC AWARDS 2019: Innovative Interior will take place on January 13, 2019 in Cologne. Afterwards, the exhibition will be opened in the Kölnischer Kunstverein, where our award-winning products will be shown at the imm cologne 2019.
The German Design Award recognizes innovative products and projects, their manufacturers and designers, which are groundbreaking in the German and international design landscape. This is guaranteed by the high-caliber international jury. The German Design Award discovers and presents unique design trends: a competition that advances the design-oriented economy. In the category "Lighting" LED Linear™ received this award for outstanding design quality with 3 new products: Winner ECLIPSE, Winner XOOLUX™ NANO and Special Mention for VarioLED™ Flex VENUS True Color. The award ceremony will take place on February 8, 2019 in Frankfurt.
The jury of experts at this year's ICONIC AWARD 2018: Innovative Architecture has met to select the winners from a variety of high quality international submissions. Two products from LED Linear™ convinced the jury this year.
VarioLED™ Flex VENUS True Color in the Category Product with the award "ICONIC AWARDS 2018: Innovative Architecture – Best of Best".
XOOLUX™ NANO in the Category Product with the award "ICONIC AWARDS 2018: Innovative Architecture – Winner".
The jury has decided: after several days of evaluating thousands of products from all over the world VarioLED™ Flex VENUS True Color received the coveted "Red Dot" award. LED Linear™ has demonstrated outstanding design and high quality, and this was acknowledged by the expert committee of the "Red Dot Award: Product Design 2018" with the internationally known quality seal. The jury’s verdict is: Outstanding product design and efficient lighting technology.
Design Plus powered by Light + Building stands as a seal of quality for products, that distinguish sustainability, innovative design and energy-efficient technology. Values that stands for Light + Building as World's leading trade fair for architecture and technology. In addition to the quality of the design and the overall concept of the product, the innovation content as well as the technical and ecological quality of the submitted products was evaluated. Winner: VarioLED™ Flex VENUS True Color
Since 1953, the iF DESIGN AWARD has been classified as an internationally recognized label for good design. The winning product, ECLIPSE won in the discipline “Product” in the category “Lighting". Each year, the world’s oldest independent design organization, Hannover-based iF International Forum Design GmbH, organizes the iF DESIGN AWARD.
The jury has decided: after several days of evaluating thousands of products from all over the world, MARS, LYRA and VESTA received the coveted "Red Dot" award. LED Linear™ has demonstrated outstanding design and high quality, and this was acknowledged by the expert committee of the "Red Dot Award: Product Design 2017" with the internationally known quality seal.
Competition recognizing excellence in the design of energy-efficient LED luminaires for general illumination in commercial, industrial, and institutional applications. The XOOTUBE™ 38 HD15 was awarded with the label "Recognized". The judges applauded the aesthetics and dimming performance of this decorative pendant luminaire. Recognized – Decorative Pendant "XOOTUBE™ 38 HD15"
Success through entrepreneurial vision: The LED Linear™ GmbH was awarded at the German SME Summit in Essen on June 26th for the third year in a row as “top innovator”. Mentor Ranga Yogeshwar honored the company with the renowned “Top 100” seal, which is awarded for over 20 years.
Throughout the world and across different industries, the Red Dot Award 2015 is considered the most prestigious award for outstanding design excellence. In the category "LED luminaires" VarioLED™ Flex AMOR, HYDRALUX™ and XOOTUBE™ 38 were awarded this coveted seal of quality.
Launched by the IMM Cologne and the German Design Council, the “Interior Innovation Award” is considered one of the most prestigious design awards in the furnishing industry and stands for innovative excellence. In the product category “lighting” the VarioLED™ Flex SKYLLA was awarded the label "Winner 2015". The XOOTUBE™ 38 was honored with the label “Selection 2015”.
Competition recognizing excellence in the design of energy-efficient LED luminaires for general illumination in commercial, industrial, and institutional applications.
Winner Category Wall Wash – Graze Luminaires: XOOLINE™ 004 HYDRA HD25 Linearoptic 10°
Launched by the IMM Cologne and the German Design Council, the “Interior Innovation Award” is considered one of the most prestigious design awards in the furnishing industry and stands for innovative excellence. In the product category “lighting” the XOOMINAIRE™ was awarded.
The initiative award North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) is awarded by the WGZ BANK, the WAZ, the NRZ, the WR and the WP. Prizes will be awarded for special achievements in the areas of: renewable energies and environmental protection, the creation of new jobs in NRW as well as social commitment in NRW. LED Linear™ won the first prize for the creation of numerous jobs in NRW.
The LED Linear™ GmbH was chosen by the "Top 100" jury "Innovator of the Year". With 70 employees LED Linear™ develops and manufactures high quality linear lighting systems based on LED technologies for the world market. Founded in 2006, the company impressed the judges, are among the personalities like Prof. Dr. Roland Berger, with a 700 % revenue growth from 2008 to 2012 and an employment growth of about 730%.