Joel Spira to receive 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award from CEDIA

The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association announced Thursday that Lutron Electronics founder Joel Spira will receive its 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award at next week’s CEDIA Expo in Atlanta.

According to a statement issued by CEDIA, the award recognizes "an individual who has exhibited outstanding, creative, innovative, and visionary leadership in the growth and advancement of the residential electronic systems industry."

Spira has been involved in the electronic systems industry for more than 50 years and invented the world’s first dimming device for lights in 1959.

"Joel Spira’s contributions to the industry distinguish him as an early leader in bringing lifestyle-enhancing technology into the home," said CEDIA CEO Utz Baldwin. "CEDIA is proud to honor Mr. Spira with its 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his many years of outstanding innovation."