West Warwick, RI (January 18, 2017) – LEDs Magazine recently named LED innovation powerhouse Lighting Science® as a 2017 finalist in four separate categories for their annual Sapphire Awards. The company’s shatter-resistant LED lamp, the Durabulb, is a finalist in the Commercial-Quality SSL Lamp Design category; the HealthE Genesis DynaSpectrum lamp in the Specialty SSL Design category; and the L-Bar, a revolutionary, lightweight linear LED, in the Linear T8 SSL Lamp Design Category. LEDs Magazine also recognized Fred Maxik, Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Lighting Science, as a finalist for their prestigious Illumineer of the Year Award.

“From the expansion of our HealthE series of human health-centric LEDs to new, durable and sustainable LED solutions like the L-Bar, 2016 was a year of marquee product launches,” says Lighting Science CEO Ed Bednarcik. “The Sapphire Awards celebrate innovation among our industry peers, so the recognition is that much more exciting as we look towards 2017.”

The Sapphire Awards recognizes true technology innovators and is the first in the lighting industry to focus on the LED-based solid-state lighting (SSL) market from an enabling-technology and elegance-of-design perspective. Winners in each category will be announced on March 1, 2017.

“It’s an honor to be nominated for this award and to be in the company of such distinguished industry thought-leaders,” says Maxik of his Illumineer of the Year nomination. “Having dedicated so much of my work to the advancement of the LED industry since its inception, it’s immensely satisfying to see how far we have come—and how many possibilities lay ahead of us as we continue to innovate and educate the world on the power of light.”

The Durabulb

Durabulb_front_1000x1000px_300dpiThe Durabulb is an innovative, versatile LED lamp that resists breaking or shattering due to impact, vibration or external stresses. The genius of the Durabulb lies not only in its contemporary, resilient design, but also in its energy-efficiency and limited impact upon the environment.  Due to its rugged, polycarbonate exoskeleton, the Durabulb can be used in places a standard light bulb cannot.  It’s perfect for a variety of commercial and residential applications such as factories, job sites, commercial real estate, homes, garages and basements.  Engineered with a sustainable design focus which maximizes lumens per gram, the Durabulb uses about 30% less materials and 80% less energy than comparable incandescent products on the market.  The Durabulb can be shipped and stocked in environmentally-friendly, recyclable plastic tubs of 10 or 20 bulbs, or a more traditional 2-pack option.

The Durabulb was also awarded Top Home Product of the Year by Popular Science magazine in late 2016.

LSPro_L-Bar_closeup_1000x1000px_300dpi2The L-Bar

The high-performance L-Bar is a T8 LED luminaire delivering up to 4,500 lumens/150 lumens per Watt, so effective that just one L-Bar luminaire can replace a standard 25 pound 2’x4’ fluorescent troffer, making it the ideal solution for new commercial construction or legacy fluorescent lighting replacements.  The lightweight, splash-resistant L-Bar costs 50 percent less than both traditional LED and fluorescent solutions and is constructed using 95 percent less material.  It can be suspended or mounted directly to the ceiling.

The Genesis DynaSpectrum

Genesis_1000x1000px_300dpiThe patented Genesis DynaSpectrum (Genesis), part of Lighting Science’s HealthE series, is the world’s first commercially-available luminaire to deliver biologically-optimized light for every time of the day – on demand. The Genesis emits a spectrum of light that mimics both daylight (GoodDay®) and twilight (GoodNight) to help
naturally regulate the body’s circadian rhythm.  Lighting Science’s proprietary DynaSpectrum technology was originally developed in collaboration with NASA for use on

the International Space Station, where astronauts experience 16 sunrises and sunsets every 24 hours and have issues adjusting their circadian rhythms to the extreme rigors of life in space. Additionally, Genesis’ on-board VOC sensors monitor local air quality and will alert you if it finds a problem.  The lamp is controlled through an easy-to-use Smartphone app which can assist in color/spectrum setting, and can be switched to auto-mode to sync day or night spectrums to your local time anywhere in the world.  This makes Genesis ideal for the bedside table, office desk or for the international traveler or athlete seeking to prevent jet lag through time-shifted circadian dysfunction.

The Genesis DynaSpectrum was also awarded Top Home Product of the Year by Popular Science magazine in late 2016.

About Fred Maxik

Fred_Maxik_1000x1000_300dpiFred Maxik is the Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Lighting Science Group and is one of the world’s foremost experts in solid-state lighting (SSL). He has more than 25 years of experience in engineering environmentally-friendly technologies. He is the principal inventor on more than 175 U.S. patents and has published several papers on light and its interaction with biological systems.  Maxik speaks regularly on the future of light and sustainability at global strategy and technology conferences, universities, and the United Nations. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Bard College, and has received numerous awards, including the Champion for Change Award (White House, U.S.), a Congressional Medal of Merit (Congress, U.S.), the NASA Group Achievement Award, Friends of the Phelophepa Award, given by Desmond Tutu, the John and Samuel Bard Award in Science and Medicine, and a 2016 Business Intelligence Group Sustainability Hero of the Year Award. His extensive knowledge on the biological effects of light earned a research grant through the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centre’s Program for Alertness, Safety and Productivity.

1484078312640About The Sapphire Awards

The Sapphire Awards, nominees of which are reviewed by independent industry experts, culminates in an Awards Gala held at Strategies in Light and The LED Show.  The awards put the spotlight on winners in multiple product categories, as well as an individual or teams honored as Illumineer of the Year for an especially noteworthy development in the LED-centric sector. The results of the Sapphire Awards will be announced concurrent with Strategies in Light and The LED Show at their Awards Gala Dinner on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 7:30-11:00pm.

About Lighting Science

Lighting Science (OTCQB:LSCG) is a global leader in innovative LED lighting solutions that designs, manufactures and brings to market advanced, intelligent products for consumer and commercial applications. We are committed to using the science of light to improve the lives and health of people and our planet by inventing breakthrough, biologically-friendly LED lamps and lighting fixtures. Lighting Science is headquartered in West Warwick, RI, with research and development facilities in Cocoa Beach, Florida, and offices in Shenzhen, China.  Find out more about us and our products at and join us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the Lighting Science Blog.