Students Do Well in Daylighting

February 28, 2011

A study initiated by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company showed that students with the most daylighting in their classrooms progressed 20% faster on math tests and 26% faster on reading tests in one year than those with the least. In fact, in study after study, daylighting is correlated to dramatic improvements in human performance in educational facilities.

Daylighting, like that from Sunoptics Prismatic Skylights, can:

  • Improve morale
  • Reduce absenteeism
  • Reduce errors
  • Improve performance quality
  • Increase productivity

Prisms Add Power to Daylighting

February 25, 2011

Sunoptics Prismatic Skylights harness the power of the sun – and the power of prisms – to provide the right kind of daylighting for a naturally bright work, learning and living environment for more hours of the day. Using more than 4,000 prisms per square foot, they can replace electric lighting 70% to 80% of the daylight hours while producing much less heat than electric lighting.

The design and engineering behind Sunoptics Prismatic Skylights allow for maximum light transmission while still providing 100% diffusion for a glare-free, flicker-free light source. And, they provide at least 35% more light transmission than competitive, non-prismatic skylights.


Acuity Brands Acquires Sunoptics

February 24, 2011

Acuity Brands today announced it has acquired Sunoptics, a premier provider of high-performance, prismatic daylighting products.

Since its founding in 1978, Sunoptics has been dedicated to creating the finest daylighting environments. Today, Sunoptics daylighting solutions become part of the Acuity Brands portfolio of innovative energy-efficient lighting and control solutions.

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ROAM® Selected by Austin for Money-Saving Upgrade

February 15, 2011

The ROAM® remote monitoring system has been selected by the city of Austin for a comprehensive street lighting upgrade project. By the project’s anticipated completion in 2014, the city of Austin will be able to control each of its approximately 70,000 streetlights with the click of a mouse. The estimated annual savings: more than $1 million in combined energy and maintenance costs.

ROAM combines photo-control technology with wireless monitoring and control capabilities. In Austin, the ROAM system will be installed and managed by Austin Energy, which will monitor and control the streetlights using data received every hour from the wireless ROAM devices via a web-based communication system.

The ROAM solution is being used successfully by several cities throughout the country to help municipalities increase energy efficiency and reduce operating costs. These cities include College Station, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Glendale, AZ; and Anderson, IN.


Synergy Intelligent Ballast Control: Ultimate in Performance

February 8, 2011

The digital lighting-controls revolution has created a generation of electronic ballasts offering the ultimate in performance, flexibility, energy savings and cost-effectiveness. Among the best: Synergy Lighting Controls’ new Intelligent Ballast Control, or IBC, module.

The IBC is adaptable to reconfigurations of spaces, simple to program and maintain, easy to integrate with energy-savings programs such as daylight harvesting, economical, and communicative for system monitoring.

Synergy’s Intelligent Ballast Control module provides seamless integration between digital ballasts and the Synergy Lighting Control System, and is compatible with a variety of intelligent ballasts including DALI, Simply 5, and Lutron® Ecosystem® digitally addressable ballasts. Read more in this Application Guide.


RELOC Modular Wiring Meets ‘EXTREME’ Temperatures

February 8, 2011

RELOC Wiring Solutions introduces OnePass® EXTREME for now even the lowest of the most demanding low- to high-temperature environments. OnePass EXTREME is capable of handling temperatures as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit in warehouse coolers and freezers, foodservice distribution applications and unheated facilities. It’s another first for RELOC, the brand that invented modular wiring for lighting systems to provide customers with maximum flexibility and substantial cost savings.


Hydrel Adds Linear Fluorescents to QuickShip Line-Up

February 3, 2011
Hydrel 4754

Hydrel 4754

Hydrel expands its highly successful QuickShip program to include two T5 and T5HO fixtures. The 4754 Series linear fluorescent and the 4760 Series Canopy join other Hydrel QuickShip outdoor products to fulfill the promise of quality, performance, design and speed. Find out more about Hydrel’s QuickShip program here.

Hydrel 4760

Hydrel 4760

And, click here to see other Acuity Brands lighting and lighting controls products supported by the company’s quick shipping capabilities.