TONS OF EXCITEMENT PRECEDED THE 2014 NECA SHOW IN
Chicago. For many exhibitors and attendees, the NECA
Showstopper Awards were a big part of the buzz. A panel
of industry experts judged the contest and selected 20
products as Showstopper Award winners from a group
of 154 entrants. The judges placed a blue ribbon on each
winning entry’s display in the Showstopper Showcase
area and presented trophies to those innovative exhibitors.
Sponsored by ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR, the Showstopper
Awards and Showcase provide a highly visible platform for introduc-
ing new products and services to the electrical marketplace. To be eligible, entries must have been
introduced after Jan. 1, 2013, be currently available, and not be a previous Showstopper winner.
BY JEFF GRIFFIN
1 BRIDGEPORT FI TTINGS Mighty-Rite
split grounding bushings can be installed before
or after pulling wire, eliminating expensive
rework. This innovative feature makes pulling
larger conductor wire easier because grounding
bushings can be installed after the pull. The
patented Bridgeport bushing has a low-profile
design, captive screws and a hinged design that
adjusts and aligns easily. The bushing’s adjustable
grounding lug accepts wire easier. Mighty-Rite is
available in trade sizes from ¾ inch to 4 inches.
2 CREE The LED T8 tube is 90 percent
compatible with 90 CRI and DLC-listed electronic
ballasts and provides 2, 100 lumens of enhanced
spectrum 90 CRI light while achieving 100
lumens per watt at the system level with 30
percent energy savings. The innovative, oval-shaped design allows more uplight than standard
180-degree LED tubes, and the unique endcaps
twist and lock, making it easy to upgrade from
fluorescent lamps to energy-saving LED lamps.