Cooper Lighting Products Honored with Three Best of NeoCon Awards

Cooper Lighting's io® LED Balance Beam awarded a Silver Award and an Innovation Award; the io® Koi LED Bollard Series also received a Silver Award.

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga., -- Two products from Cooper Lighting, an industry leader committed to delivering innovative products and driving transformational technology in the lighting industry, were selected from 325 products as winners in the 22nd annual Best of NeoCon® Awards, sponsored by Contract Magazine, Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc., The International Interior Design Association (IIDA), The International Facility Management Association (IFMA), and The io® Balance Beam and the io® Koi LED Bollard Series were each honored with a Silver Award. In addition, the Balance Beam was honored with an Innovation Award - only one of six products bestowed with this honor. The awards were presented at NeoCon 2011, which was held in Chicago, June 13-15.

The Best of NeoCon Awards 2011 honors new commercial interiors products in 40 categories ranging from Architectural Products to Workplace Technologies. The io Balance Beam was awarded in the Healthcare categories under the Healthcare Solutions category, and the io Koi LED Bollard Series was awarded in the Lighting, Technology and Accessories categories under the Decorative, Chandeliers, Pendants, Sconces, Accent, Downlights and Wallwashers category. Forty-five judges were engaged in the review and decision process.

"We are honored that our io LED products have been recognized by this long-running, well-respected awards program," said Mark Eubanks, President, Cooper Lighting. "We are always striving to develop products that meet the lighting needs of our customers while also delivering on aesthetics and performance. The io Balance Beam and the io Koi Bollards are great examples of that goal."

The io Balance Beam is an ADA-compliant LED illuminated grab bar with Touch Sensing Technology that allows the touch of a hand anywhere along the rail to activate the LED light inside the bar. Designed for patient rooms, the Balance Beam helps prevent patient falls and injury as it illuminates a path to the patient's destination. Constructed of lightweight aluminum, the Balance Beam is available in standard and high light output in two color temperatures (2700K and 3000K). The Balance Beam is wall-mounted with structural hardware concealed within the wall for a clean, architectural look. The luminaire is an evidence-based solution that zeroes in on the daunting operation and safety challenges that impact patient safety, nurse injury and the bottom line.

The io Koi Bollard Series is designed to deliver code-required illumination levels to all types of pedestrian walkways while using reduced power consumption when compared with traditional light sources found in many of these applications today. The series integrates io's existing Plane steplight, Line .75, and Line 1.5 products into elegant wood bollards offered in a variety of styles, sizes and finishes. Durable, sustainable and beautiful, the wood material has a 25-year warranty and the LED light fixtures feature easy access for maintenance while utilizing a vandal-resistant hardware. The LED lights are UL listed for wet locations with a 50,000+ hours rated life.

All of the Best of NeoCon 2011 entries, winners and information about the competition can be viewed online at

Cooper Lighting has made a significant investment in people, resources and technology to ensure the company provides first-class solutions to its customers' lighting challenges. The Company offers a range of indoor and outdoor LED lighting products and controls, all of which are specifically designed to maximize energy and cost savings. For additional information on Cooper's LED product offering, click here.

About Cooper Lighting

Cooper Lighting, a subsidiary of Cooper Industries plc (NYSE: CBE), is the leading provider of world-class lighting fixtures and controls to commercial, industrial, retail, institutional, residential and utility markets. As lighting technologies have advanced over the years, Cooper Lighting has been at the forefront of the industry in helping businesses and communities leverage the latest technologies to improve efficiency, reduce costs and enrich the quality of the environment. For more information, visit

About Cooper Industries

Cooper Industries plc (NYSE: CBE) is a global electrical products manufacturer with 2010 revenues of $5.1 billion. Founded in 1833, Cooper's sustained success is attributable to a constant focus on innovation, evolving business practices while maintaining the highest ethical standards and meeting customer needs. The Company has seven operating divisions with leading market positions and world-class products and brands including: Bussmann electrical and electronic fuses; Crouse-Hinds and CEAG explosion-proof electrical equipment; Halo and Metalux lighting fixtures; and Kyle and McGraw-Edison power systems products. With this broad range of products, Cooper is uniquely positioned for several long-term growth trends including the global infrastructure build-out, the need to improve the reliability and productivity of the electric grid, the demand for higher energy-efficient products and the need for improved electrical safety. In 2010 fifty-nine percent of total sales were to customers in the industrial and utility end-markets and thirty-nine percent of total sales were to customers outside the United States. Cooper has manufacturing facilities in 23 countries as of 2011. For more information, visit the website at


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