Syracuse, NY, September 1, 2009 — Pass & Seymour/Legrand (P&S), a leading provider of electrical wiring devices and home systems, has been named the platinum award winner in the 2009 Electrical Construction & Maintenance Product of the Year competition. P&S earned the top honor with its Tamper-Resistant Nightlight/GFCI, a device that combines a Tamper-Resistant Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter with a LED nightlight and meets the 2008 NEC® standards for child electrical safety.
The LED nightlight, which is cool to the touch and has a 20-year life expectancy, is sealed with a durable Lexan lens. A photocell illuminates the nightlight in the dark and automatically shuts it off during the day for energy efficiency.
The device installs like a regular GFCI receptacle, but it features a built-in shutter system that prevents children from inserting objects into the socket and making contact with electrically live components. P&S added an additional receptacle to the design for greater functionality.
“We received customer feedback that dual receptacles are preferred in bathrooms and kitchens,” said Bill Timmons, P&S marketing manager-residential products. “To provide for the second receptacle, we had to make the LED smaller while still ensuring it emitted the proper amount of illumination. I’m not aware of another product like it, and winning this award is a tremendous honor.”
Established in 2000, EC&M’s Product of the Year competition honors excellence in new electrical product development, showcasing the most innovative products of the previous year. Winning products enable electrical professionals to complete jobs more efficiently and effectively.
P&S also won the platinum award in 2004 for its Trademaster Decorator Combination Devices.
For more information about P&S Tamper-Resistant Nightlight/GFCI combination devices contact your P&S representative or visit www.passandseymour.com/troutlets.
Pass & Seymour/Legrand is a leading provider of electrical wiring devices, home systems and accessories in North America. For more information, call 1-800-776-4035 or visit www.passandseymour.com.
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Legrand is the global specialist in products and systems for electrical installations and information networks where people live and work. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for suppliers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value is a prime vector for growth. Backed by sound business and financial structures, Legrand is actively expanding its presence in fast-growing geographical zones and market segments that include lighting controls, energy savings and home automation, through a sustained stream of targeted, self-financed acquisitions and other initiatives. In 2007 Legrand employed 35,000 people around the globe and reported sales of €4.1billion, including 25% in emerging markets. The company is listed on Euronext Paris and is a component stock of indexes including the SBF120, FTSE4Good and MSCI World (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrandelectric.com