Six Acuity Brands Experts to Present at Lightfair International 2012

April 20, 2012

A number of Acuity Brands experts will be featured speakers at Lightfair International 2012 in Las Vegas May 7 – 9. Speakers span Acuity Brands Lighting, Sunoptics, and Lithonia Lighting, and will speak on a variety of topics including photometry, daylighting, solid-state lighting, retrofitting, lighting regulations and codes.

“Having experts share their insight with such a vast audience of lighting professionals is a key component to helping the industry advance,” said Neil Egan, Director, Communications, with Acuity Brands Lighting. “Brilliant ideas come from people working together and sharing knowledge, and Acuity Brands is excited to enlighten Lightfair attendees with our expertise and learn from attendees.”

Featured Acuity Brands experts include:

Monday, May 7

  • Photometry: Greg Subisak, Director of Training for Center of Light & Space – Granville, Acuity Brands Lighting

Tuesday, May 8

  • Daylighting Design Solutions for High Performance Building Results: Grant Gable, Vice President, Value Stream Leader, Sunoptics

Thursday, May 9

  • A Guided Tour of SSL Area Light Sources: Jeannine Fisher, Director, Lighting Design and Application, Acuity Brands Lighting, with Min-Hao Michael Lu, Director, OLED Technology at Acuity Brands Lighting
  • Lighting Retrofits: A Better Option Now Than Ever Before: Kurt Vogel, Director, Value Stream Leader at Lithonia Lighting
  • Lighting Regulations & Codes: Cheryl English, Vice President, Marketing & Industry Development, Acuity Brands Lighting

Acuity Brands is also exhibiting at Lightfair Booth #4108 and will showcase numerous new products and technologies. Stop by and see us!

Acuity Brands Awarded “Best at Show” at 2012 IMARK Showcase

April 19, 2012

Acuity Brands, Inc. was voted “Best at Show” at the 2012 IMARK Showcase Conference. This is the second year in a row Acuity Brands has won the AAA large-volume suppliers category at the annual distributor showcase.

IMARK Group, a co-operative of distributors for Acuity Brands products, represents more than 2,000 distributor locations. Award winners were selected by IMARK’s 900 members in attendance. This year there were 337 IMARK member companies (electrical distributors) and 96 suppliers at the Showcase meeting.

“IMARK member attendees were asked to select companies in each size category that exhibit best-in-class performance based upon the following criteria: effective display and explanation, new product presence in booth, enthusiasm and effectiveness of booth space, and enthusiasm for company products demonstrated by supplier personnel,” said Brian Whitmire, Acuity Brands Lighting’s Director of Strategic Accounts, responsible for IMARK relations. “We are honored to have successfully met all four requirements for the second year in a row.”

Sensor Switch Launches nWiFi Wireless Solution for nLiGHT Network Lighting Control System

April 16, 2012

Acuity Brands, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of wireless capabilities to its award-winning nLiGHT® network lighting control technology. The nWiFi™ solution from Sensor Switch® uses existing WiFi network infrastructure to further simplify control installation and reduce hardware costs.

The nWiFi solution adds conventional WiFi technology (802.11n) to nLight devices, such as occupancy sensors and relays, enabling them to seamlessly communicate with both wired and wireless nLiGHT lighting control zones. Additionally, nWiFi devices can directly communicate to locally wired nLight devices through CAT-5 cables.  Already installed in multiple locations, the nWiFi solution has proven a robust addition to the wired nLiGHT network, leveraging the wide-spread industry knowledge around the 802.11 protocol.

“The addition of nWiFi makes nLight unique, integrating both wired and wireless lighting controls to meet the diverse requirements of any project,” said Ben Hahn, Acuity Brands Lighting Vice President and Value Stream Leader for Sensor Switch. “This hybrid approach simplifies installation, reduces labor costs and expands intelligent lighting control possibilities to areas such as renovation and high bay applications that traditionally have been challenging.”

“The application of WiFi is widespread, trusted, and growing, making it the ideal technology for wireless networked lighting controls,” said Steve Lydecker, Acuity Brands Lighting Senior Vice President and General Manager, Controls and Systems. “The nWiFi product line takes full advantage of this evolution and demonstrates our continued commitment to our customers through the development of innovative, cost-effective and technology-driven solutions that meet their needs.”

A digital architecture and networking technology that cost-effectively integrates time-based, daylight-based, sensor-based and manual lighting controls, the nLiGHT system is designed to function in an individual room or networked together across an entire facility or campus. Easy-to-use and easy-to-install, the nLiGHT system significantly cuts energy consumption while enhancing user and occupant convenience. nLiGHT intelligence is also embedded in LED luminaires from Lithonia Lighting® — offering a complete and customizable lighting solution with integrated controls.

For more information about Acuity Brands line of lighting and controls solutions, please visit Acuity Brands and Sensor Switch on the web.


Winona Lighting Launches Expanded OLED Portfolio at Light+Building 2012

April 2, 2012

Acuity Brands, Inc. is pleased to announce the expansion of the Revel™ and Kindred™ luminaire families from Winona® Lighting. The expanded lines include new size and mounting options, and will be showcased at Light+Building 2012, April 15 – 20 in LG Chem’s booth (hall 4.2, booth G25).

Consistent with the Light+Building 2012 theme of “energy efficiency,” Revel and Kindred luminaires utilize efficient and high performing OLED panels provided by LG Chem, with efficacies of 60 lumens per watt. Both luminaire families provide performance-based lighting solutions designed for indoor ambient and decorative applications.

“The addition of the Revel and Kindred OLED luminaires allows the designer to customize and create unique fixtures that are eco-friendly and energy efficient,” said Peter Ngai, Acuity Brands Lighting Vice President, Research and Development. “The best innovations link technology and design with a profound regard for human interaction. We are pleased to see our visions executed through Winona Lighting, and demonstrate the Company’s commitment to provide the broadest and most diverse traditional and solid-state lighting product portfolio in the industry.”

The contemporary Kindred luminaire is designed to provide a room with individualized canopies of light. Its evocative, iconic shape, especially when mounted in close proximity, promotes a feeling of visual comfort, while its thin profile and gentle curvature create a sense of spacial intimacy. The complete Kindred luminaire series is available in three sizes and multiple mounting options.  It delivers decorative, custom or general lighting solutions and can be used in many types of applications, including office, hospitality, retail, residential and specialty public areas.

The Revel luminaire, inspired by the organic shapes of flowers, is a lighting system that gives designers the freedom to create lighting patterns tailored to their unique application. Its simple, yet elegant and thin, form factor allows designers to augment architectural elements of ceilings and walls while providing high-quality ambient lighting. Now available in several mounting styles, Revel can be applied in a multitude of ways to provide accent or functional lighting that breaks away from rectangular grid layouts.

Revel recently received the Most Innovative Product of the Year award at the 2011 Lightfair® International Trade Show and Conference, and both Revel and Kindred luminaires were accepted in the 2011 IES Progress Report for uniqueness, innovation and significance to the lighting industry.

All Winona Lighting products, including the Revel and Kindred, are available through the Company’s global sales representatives and authorized distributors.

For additional information, please visit the Acuity Brands and Winona Lighting websites.