Two lighting companies are among the 75 finalists in the Chicago Innovation Awards, a competition that honors the best new products or services brought to the market from the city of Chicago and surrounding areas. Out of almost 400 nominations, PolyBrite Intl . landed a spot in the finals with its Borealis® A19 LED lamp and Ultra-Lit Technologies  is in for its LED Keeper.
PolyBrite’s Borealis A19 LED lamp was designed for use in residential, commercial, hospitality and retail applications providing an exceptional replacement for traditional incandescent and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). The Borealis A19 LED lamp consumes up to 90% less energy than traditional incandescent lighting and provides at least 50,000 hours of operation.
Ulta-Lit’s LED Keeper diagnoses and repairs LED holiday light sets. The system allows users to test and locate issue bulbs or sockets on the light set. A Universal Replacement pod provides a repair solution for the holiday lights if the user cannot locate the precise replacement LED bulb for their light set or if the set contains non-replaceable bulbs.
The 75 finalists will receive a scholarship to attend a day-long executive education program on Sept. 18th titled “The Practical Innovator,” taught at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. It is a full-day executive education course teaching the practical skills of innovation.
The 10 winners will be announced Monday, Oct. 22 and celebrated at an event with more than 1,500 business and civic leaders at Chicago’s Harris Theater.