railtones™ awarded a GOLD Excellence in Design (EID) Award

June 13, 2011

Our team recently received a Gold Excellence in Design (EID) Award from appliance DESIGN magazine for our design of the Encompass Lighting Group railtones™. Railtones™ is the first wireless speaker system that is mounted to and powered by a low-voltage track lighting system. It is compatible with a portable MP3 player, smartphone, stereo or computer. The speakers have a three-zone capability where they can be controlled individually with the use of a remote control. The open architecture system allows for an infinite number of speakers within a certain range—depending on the number and material of walls in the space.

As noted in the June issue of appliance DESIGN, “The recipients of the 2011 Excellence in Design Awards demonstrate a greater focus on sustainability and communication with the user than ever before.

For this year’s 24th annual Excellence in Design competition, our judges spent a lot of time focusing on the design and functionality of each entry. There was some stiff competition, but the winning recipients this year demonstrated designs across all categories that focused on simplicity and strong functionality for the end-user, while optimizing and increasing product capabilities. Add to that a focus on energy savings, recyclability and sustainability, and we have a group of products this year that represents the best of what is available in the marketplace.

This year’s Gold recipients represent true innovation, and include: a speaker system that integrates into an existing light fixture without any wire installation; a dishwasher that capitalizes on capacity and minimizes noise; an oven that brings defrosting, steaming, baking, slow cooking and reheating to the residential kitchen; and a medical device that Maximizes energy savings while treating superficial vascular conditions with minimal lateral damage.”

All of the winners can be viewed in the June 2011 issue of appliance DESIGN magazine.

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