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Fulham Driver Receives 2019 Sapphire Award from LEDs Magazine

HAWTHORNE, Calif. – Fulham Co., Inc. is pleased to announce that Fulham’s new EliteControl PoE 2-Channel LED Driver has received this year’s Sapphire’s Award for innovation in LED drivers from LEDs Magazine. The awards were presented at Strategies in Light in Las Vegas February 28.

The Sapphire Awards are judged by a panel of industry experts using various criteria, including innovation, user value, sustainability, impact, and meeting a defined need. The new Power over Ethernet (PoE) driver fills a void in the solid-state lighting market and was developed to meet the growing demand of Fulham customers for a PoE lighting solution. Fulham first demonstrated prototypes of its new PoE drivers at LightFair 2018 in May 2018.

“We are delighted that LEDs Magazine has recognized our new EliteControl PoE driver as a recipient of its Sapphire Award,” said Russ Sharer, Vice President of Global Marketing and Business Development for Fulham. “More of our customers are looking for luminaire control options and new ways to harness solid-state lighting as a platform for building automation. In fact, we have received a number of requests for a Power over Ethernet driver, and with this new EliteControl driver we offer both PoE and wireless Bluetooth mesh access. It’s part of Fulham’s commitment to continued innovation and anticipation of our customers’ needs.”

June Griffin, publisher of LEDs Magazine (, said “This prestigious program allows our LED and Lighting Group to celebrate and recognize the most innovative products and leaders in the solid-state lighting industry. Our 2019 Finalists are an outstanding example of companies who are making an impact.”

Fulham EliteControl PoE 2 Channel Driver

The EliteControl PoE 2 Channel Driver uses power delivered over an Ethernet cable and has two-channel output for color mixing. The driver can handle an input voltage of 42.5 to 57VDCm with an input power of 12.95W maximum per port (as defined by IEEE 802.3af), 25.5W maximum per port (802.3at), and 51.0W maximum per port (UPOE). This constant current/constant power driver also includes Bluetooth mesh wireless access for remote dimming control.
The PoE driver output range and other functions can be preprogrammed using Fulham’s TPSB-100 SmartSet Controller and software. PoE color tuning and diming controls are managed using an amBX Smart Control management station that issues commands over the same Ethernet cable that delivers power.

The 2019 Sapphire Awards winners were announced at the Gala Event at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas on February 28, 2019. This event occurs during the annual Strategies in Light show held February 26 – March 1, 2019. More information about the Strategies in Light trade show and the Sapphire Awards Gala can be found online at

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