A decade ago, the EC&M Product of the Year competition was established to honor excellence in new product development for the electrical industry. The prestigious Platinum award showcases the most innovative product of the past year and recognizes inventive products that allow electrical design professionals, installers, and maintenance personnel to do their jobs more efficiently and effectively.

This year's contest pulled in almost 100 submissions — representing almost every major product category offered to the electrical design, construction, and maintenance markets. The quality level and diversity of the entries made it difficult for voters to zero in on a single item, which once again led to a neck-in-neck final vote tally — with just a few votes separating the Platinum, Gold, and Silver award winners.