Holophane to Provide Lighting for Boeing 787 Production Facility

November 30, 2010

Holophane’s Enduratron® highbay luminaire has been selected as the lighting solution for a new state-of-the-art Boeing® 787 Dreamliner production facility, located on a 240-acre site in North Charleston, S.C. The facility is under construction and is incorporating a number of sustainable design concepts to achieve LEED® Silver certification.

Holophane Enduratron

Holophane Enduratron

The Enduratron was chosen for the mammoth space because of its ability to deliver strong horizontal and vertical illumination. In addition to the Holophane high-bay luminaires in the production area, other Acuity Brands products were selected for general illumination applications in the facility, including fluorescent, HID and emergency luminaires from Lithonia Lighting® and Peerless®.

The Enduratron is part of Holophane’s Elite Series.


Peerless Lighting QuickShip is Back!

November 30, 2010

QuickShip by PeerlessPeerless makes it easy to bridge speed, quality and affordability with its 5-day QuickShip program for products with GEB10 ballasts. Visit the Peerless website to see all 22 QuickShip products available!


Acuity Brands Named Top 2010 IMARK Group Lighting Supplier

November 23, 2010

Acuity Brands was selected as IMARK Group’s 2010 “Supplier of the Year” and received the award at IMARK’s Annual Meeting. As a co-operative of major distributors for Acuity Brands’ products, the IMARK Group represents over 2,000 distributor locations.

The award winner was selected by IMARK’s over 1,100 member companies. Among the criteria: annual sales growth, overall performance, IMARK program marketing support, new product promotion, communication, member training through IMARK University, and creative efforts to serve new IMARK members.


Lithonia Lighting VT Volumetric Series Arrives

November 20, 2010

Combining modern aesthetic design, high efficiency and superior performance, the new VT Volumetric Series from Lithonia Lighting® is designed to make high-quality volumetric lighting available for more projects and more budgets.

VT from Lithonia Lighting

VT from Lithonia Lighting

The VT’s light distribution creates a uniform balance between task illumination and spatial brightness. The resulting “volumetric” effect increases the perceived lighting level, improves visual comfort, and reinforces a sense of occupant security and well-being. Stylistically, the VT coordinates with all Lithonia Lighting volumetric luminaires. It’s engineered for:

  • maximum efficiency
  • optimal light distribution
  • T8 and T5 linear fluorescent systems
  • maximum lumen output
  • refractive optics for direct lamp shielding

Design and construction of the VT luminaire is simple, understated, elemental. The VT complements the style of modern commercial space, integrating easily with minimal interruption of the ceiling plane. It also unobtrusively works with a variety of interior environments.


Holphane Adds Lighting-Install Photos to Facebook

November 19, 2010

Holophane on FacebookSeven new photo galleries of recent Holophane lighting installations have been posted to the company’s Facebook Photo Albums. The seven installations include…

To view the galleries, simply go to the Holophane Facebook page and click on the “Photos” tab to browse the various photo albums. You can also click on the bulleted links above to go directly to each gallery album. If you are new to Facebook, it’s very simple to get started; here’s a link to a very helpful step-by-step guide on e-how.com.

Stay tuned, as “Prism Pete” adds installations to the photo album gallery regularly.


Training Sessions Focus on Energy, Sustainability

November 18, 2010

Available now from Acuity Brands are educational PowerPoint® sessions that focus on many technical aspects of energy codes and energy-related program qualifications. These can be invaluable to understanding energy codes, ordering products that meet federal Buy American requirements, and for qualifying for LEED recognition.

The presentations are:

While these educational programs are not certified for AIA credit, for each 60 minutes of sessions completed (totaling 60 minutes) the sessions will qualify for one self-reporting continuous-education unit. After completing each training session, complete the two-minute survey. Results from these surveys allow Acuity Brands to make improvements as needed.

To date, overall usefulness of the training has scored a 4.8 out of a possible 5, said Richard Heinisch, Acuity Brands Manager for Energy and Environmental Standards. He welcomes input for additional training topics at Richard.Heinisch@AcuityBrands.com.


New Peerless ‘Tulip’ Shows Downlighting’s Soft Side

November 17, 2010

The new Tulip luminaire from Peerless® emanates soft illumination from a petite, ovoid silhouette. With four different optical choices (symmetric louver, asymmetric louver, wall wash or Softshine™) and two mounting options (suspended or wall), Tulip can provide the soft look and superb down light performance for a number of lighting designs.

Tulip from Peerless

Tulip from Peerless

Looking for that classroom whiteboard light? Tulip with asymmetric louver and a T8 lamp fits the bill to perfection. Tulip wall wash uses advanced optics to control a single T5 or T5HO lamp, producing a smooth, luminous gradient across the wall – a beautiful way to light merchandise, artwork or simply add volumetric brightness to a room. Tulip with symmetric louver provides even illumination for library stacks or corridors. Use Tulip Softshine to create directional movement in corridors with our high performance, eyeball friendly optics.

Tulip’s small curved profile and optimal performance is the perfect design tool to soften any space.


Acuity Brands Releases Series of LED Educational Videos

November 16, 2010

Through its Lithonia Lighting unit, Acuity Brands has released a series of five online instructional videos with insights for helping to answer common questions about commercial ambient and other LED lighting design applications.

Dave Ranieri

Dave Ranieri

In the video series, Dave Ranieri, Acuity Brands Vice President and General Manager for Lithonia Lighting Commercial Indoor Products, discusses LED technologies and solutions, addressing five key topics: the promise of LEDs, cost of ownership, digital lumen management, pairing of controls with LEDs, and intelligent control design and networking in room configurations.

The “Promise of LEDs” looks beyond the current benefits delivered by LEDs to focus on the value LEDs will deliver to the lighting customer.

The “Cost of Ownership” compares the lifecycle costs and return on investment of fluorescent and LED light sources.

“Digital Lumen Management” addresses how LED lighting reduces over-lighting by maintaining a constant level of light throughout the life of the system.

“LEDs and Controls” highlights why LED performance is enhanced by lighting controls and how efficiency is achieved when LEDs and controls are paired together.

The “Room Configuration” describes how a digital network provides a more cost-effective and simplified controls solution.

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Acuity Brands Supports Green Schoolhouse Series

November 16, 2010

Creating sustainable and healthier learning environments for children and improving teaching environments for instructors is the goal behind The Green Schoolhouse Series from Acuity Brands. The company has pledged major funding and in-kind contributions to help build two highly modernized and sustainable schoolhouses in the City of Phoenix.

The objective of The Green Schoolhouse Series is to achieve USGBC LEED-Platinum certification in each of the schools. Currently, there are no LEED-Platinum Certified K-12 schools built or under construction in Arizona. Solar, day lighting, acoustics, energy-efficient HVAC systems, earth-friendly wall systems and flooring, zero-VOC paints, drought-tolerant landscaping, motion detectors, and energy management systems create a “green” educational learning environment. The sustainable design, products, and components are expected to help achieve net-zero energy, resulting in no additional electricity costs.

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Acuity Brands Web Site Provides all Regional, Local Energy Codes

November 10, 2010

“Where to go for accurate and up-to-date energy codes?”

That was the challenge design-assist engineers at Acuity Brands’ Lighting Control & Design (LC&D) faced when assisting architects and engineers with designing and optimizing energy-efficient lighting control solutions.

Code database

LC&D code database

To solve the problem, a new, first-of-its-kind industry reference site combining up-to date energy codes from multiple jurisdictions has been launched by Acuity Brands. The single source can be used by designers of lighting and advanced controls applications.

“For our customers, success hinges on completing projects on time and on budget; the potential for last-minute redesign because of some unknown local or regional code requirement presents an undesirable risk that can be addressed up front,” said David Wilson, Acuity Brands Lighting, General Manager, LC&D.

Experience had shown that “energy code” Websites from the Department of Energy (DOE) and Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP) were inadequate for providing the necessary information. The Acuity Brands’ LC&D team decided to develop a database of every code official in every jurisdiction in the United States known to have its own code requirements, and implemented a quarterly phone survey to each code official to verify or update state energy codes, locally adopted energy codes and local variances from state codes.

The result is the only known web-based resource with up-to-date and accurate energy codes for virtually every jurisdiction in the US; Canada will be added soon.