iLumens by InnoSys
iLumens is currently the lighting division of InnoSys, Inc. InnoSys was founded in 2000 in Salt Lake City by Dr. Jennifer Hwu and Dr. Larry Sadwick, both tenured professors at the University of Utah Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the time. As an electronics design company, InnoSys initially focused on high-frequency, high-power communication devices including power supplies and conditioners. InnoSys has designed various communication electronics devices for the Department of Defense, including high-power technology for the Navy and imaging and communications technology for the Air Force (high-frequency, high-power communications above 71GHz). InnoSys has won SBIR awards with DARPA, DOE, and the Army, Air Force, and Navy. InnoSys owns a 32,000 square-ft facility for its R&D, manufacturing, and operational activities.
The power management and conversion technology employed in various InnoSys devices was similar to that required for power conversion in LED drivers, and in 2007, InnoSys entered the LED lamp driver market, making drivers for large LED lamp manufacturers. From 2007 to the present, InnoSys has amassed 23 issued patents and many pending patents in the driver design and intelligent lighting space.
InnoSys’ iLumens R&D efforts are focused on intelligent lighting systems and software, using our patented technologies to design and manufacture plug-and-play linear LED lamps that are dimmable with existing electronic ballasts, have current-control (“Constant Lumens”) technology to provide consistent light output (regardless of ballast type), and allow communication between devices and the lamps. The initial iLumens product offering, the iLumens Ally™ lamp, is currently in production and is UL, FCC, and DLC certified.
InnoSys and its founders have received many recognition awards and grant awards for its innovative technologies and solutions to pressing problems. Awards have been wide-ranging:
- Young Investigator Award: Office of Naval Research
- Young Investigator Award: National Science Foundation
- US White House Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) (1996)
- US White House Presidential Faculty Fellow (PFF)
- Individual Achievement Award from Governor of the State of Utah
- Individual Achievement Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
- Business Visionary Award from State of Utah and Chamber of Commerce (2004)
- Outstanding Asian Business Owner Award from the Utah Asian Chamber (2011)
- Technology Entrepreneur Award from Women in Tech Council (2011)
- Women Business Owner of the Year from National Association of Women Business Owners Salt Lake Chapter (2013)
- Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Medallion Award
- Utah Genius Award (2014)
- Utah Innovation Award for Clean Technology and Energy (2015)
- Department of Energy Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant (2016)
- Utah GOED Technology Commercialization Innovation Program (TCIP) Grant (2017)
InnoSys and its iLumens innovations have also resulted in recognition in a variety of other outlets, including SXSW Eco, NREL Industry Growth Forum, Europe’s Next Step Challenge, the US Marine Corps Expeditionary Energy Concepts (E2C), and the Cleantech Open.
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