Igor's PoE Emergency Lighting Solution is Award-Winning!

March 4, 2019
Dwight with the 2020 Sapphire AwardSapphire Awards Winner 2020Las Vegas - Industry participants celebrated the announcement of the fifth annual LEDs Magazine Sapphire Awards winners at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. The spotlight event, held during the week of Strategies in Light, was emceed by chief editor Maury Wright with support from the PennWell LED & Lighting Network team. Attendees from across the LED and solid-state lighting (SSL) supply chain took part in recognizing award finalists and the crowning of category award winners.
Dwight Stewart, Founder and CTO of Igor, accepted the award in the Emergency SSL Luminaires, Modules, and Drivers Category for Igor's UL924 PoE Emergency Lighting Solution. This award recognizes Igor’s patented advanced emergency lighting capabilities as a leader in the industry. With its UL 924 certification on its Patented Centralized Emergency Back-up system, Igor’s solution can be a centralized system for a less complicated, more reliable, and lower cost emergency lighting solution for commercial buildings.


This is a notable achievement, as the industry certification and standards have adapted to accommodate new technologies and applications such as Igor's. "Innovation in the area of emergency lighting demonstrates that the industry is seeking new ways to improve life safety for building occupants during times of emergencies. Given UL’s mission:  to promote safe living and working environments for people by the application of safety science and hazard-based safety engineering, UL applauds the challenges that manufacturers must overcome to deliver innovations like these, “ said Adam Lilien, Business Development, Lighting, at UL.

Michael Shulman, Principal Engineer of Lighting at UL, elaborated further, “UL 924 was recently updated to more thoroughly and specifically describe the testing protocols for emergency lighting controls such as the Igor PoE node.  These enhanced requirements were developed to support the 2017 NEC revisions addressing directly controlled luminaires (Article 700) and power over ethernet (Article 725).  Certification per UL 924 thus establishes confidence that installations of the Igor system will fulfill the expectations of both the National Electrical Code and the Life Safety Code, NFPA 101."

Before Igor's technology, it was difficult to find a solution for emergency lighting in PoE designs. With industry recognition of Igor's excellent product design and UL certifications for a centralized PoE emergency lighting system, the most challenging technical barrier to adoption has been removed in PoE lighting designs. 

While vetting the 2019 Sapphire Awards entries, major themes that arose exemplified the ongoing improvement in light output and experience with LEDs, overcoming early shortcomings of SSL products based on lessons learned via the combined efforts of lighting designers, specifiers, and manufacturers looking to achieve product reliability and project sustainability outcomes. Products and solutions, such as Igor's, were selected based on their developments and contributions to advancing LED and SSL technology and applications. 

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.


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