Enlighted Founder Tanuj Mohan finalist for Sapphire Awards Illumineer of the Year Award

December 14, 2017

This article originally appeared in LEDs Magazine.

BREAKING: Innovation sparks inspiration with Sapphire Awards Illumineer and project finalists (UPDATED)

Published on:December 14, 2017
By Carrie Meadows
Associate Editor, LEDs Magazine

LEDs Magazine reveals the Illumineer and project finalists in the 2018 Sapphire Awards program.

LEDs Magazine Sapphire Awards 2018LEDs Magazine expands its 2018 Sapphire Awards finalist announcements with the names of solid-state lighting (SSL) innovators who will vie for the Illumineer of the Year honors, as well as the lighting projects that stood out amongst the crowd. Winners in both of these categories will be unveiled at the Sapphire Awards Gala dinner on Feb. 14, 2018, with a celebration aboard the RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA, alongside the 2018 product category winners. Finalists in the product categories were announced on Dec. 6.

The Illumineer of the Year represents an individual or team who has developed innovative technology that enables high-quality lighting products while lowering operational and/or product costs. The technology may not yet be evident in commercially available products but would need to demonstrate commercial viability and value under our judges’ criteria. Past winners include:

  • The Lumileds team of Eric Senders, Bob Zona, Rene Helbing, Mushfeque Manzur, and Catherine Othick for their work on the Luxeon COB (chip-on-board) LED with CrispWhite technology (2015)
  • Brian Chemel, co-founder of Digital Lumens, for the LightRules software-based lighting management system and working toward advances in networks/controls for smart buildings (2016)
  • Alexander Wilm, Osram Opto Semiconductors, for his contributions to SSL development not only at the company but in the lighting industry, including color quality and efficacy efforts for LEDs (2017)

Taking place during the Strategies in Light conference and exhibition, co-located with The LED Show and Lightspace California, the Sapphire Awards Gala will present an exciting networking opportunity in a spectacular venue with great food and entertainment. Although the competition is fierce, attendees will enjoy the prospect of meeting with PennWell’s LED & Lighting Network team and fellow industry professionals in the spirit of camaraderie and celebration of SSL achievements over the past year. Purchase tickets now!
New for 2018, project finalists were organized into two sub-categories — SSL smart lighting projects and SSL outdoor lighting finalists. Submissions were open to lighting designers, specifiers, and companies wishing to nominate an SSL project that used their products. Projects were considered on the use of products to achieve results that could not be delivered via traditional light sources and control methods, as well as energy efficiency, cost reductions, and other ROI characteristics enabled by such projects.

As we noted in the prior product shortlist, the feats of product development and project engineering that were nominated were certainly inspiring. “The judges’ decision was no easy task,” said Maury Wright, chief editor of LEDs Magazine and chair of the Sapphire Awards judging panel. “But we rely on an incredible cross-section of experience and expertise in the SSL sector to help guide this program in recognizing outstanding work that delivers on the potential of LED lighting and enabling technologies.”

And without further ado – let’s roll out the blue carpet for our Illumineer and project finalists.

Tanuj Mohan, chief technology officer and co-founder, EnlightedTanuj Mohan, chief technology officer and co-founder, Enlighted — Enlighted Smart Lighting Systems
While programming alone, Tanuj Mohan recognized that building resources were wasting energy and dedicated himself to the task of developing network management solutions that could reduce unnecessary demands on building infrastructure. With his company, Enlighted, and its intelligent sensor- and mesh-based system that leverages the Internet of Things (IoT), Mohan has delivered on his objective to provide a smart building management strategy — supported through the ubiquitous lighting system.

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