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The architectural design of a building is a lengthy, involved and intricate process. Many different elements have to be considered before the plans can be finalized and construction can begin. Lighting is just one of these factors, but it is a crucial one for obvious reasons. Particularly in a sizable project, finding efficient commercial lighting can turn out to be a difficult quest.

As such, the recent distinction bestowed upon lighting provider Cooper Lighting by Architect magazine is quite the notable accomplishment. The publication, which is overseen by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), commissioned a study from independent firm Readex Research that looked into 593 brands (among 45 separate types of products) – and found that Cooper stood head and shoulders above most of its competitors.

Cooper Lighting, which is a subsidiary of Eaton, truly stood out in terms of brand familiarity, with 78 percent of survey respondents naming it as their best-known lighting manufacturer. In fact, it earned more first-place distinctions – others included brands specified most often and brands most used – than any other company in its class.

Mark Eubanks, president of Cooper Lighting Division, spoke positively of the survey results and of the company's continued commitment to innovation in a recent statement.

"We are constantly working to understand our customers' business goals and to develop the most innovative and reliable products that meet and satisfy their needs," Eubanks said. "We are honored that our continued efforts are being recognized by the architectural community."

Cooper Lighting's latest product release is the Room Controller integrated lighting control system, designed to control occupancy sensing, daylighting, skylighting and demand response through a single platform. It is intended for office spaces, conference rooms, school classrooms and various other settings.