Acuity Brands Adds New AL Series Luminaires from Lithonia Lighting to Its Portfolio of Innovative LED Architectural Lighting

August 31, 2012

The Lithonia Lighting® AL Series architectural recessed LED luminaires from Acuity Brands combine clean, fine lines with a high-end design that complements any space. The completely luminous optical system provides a concave visual appearance that blends with the ceiling plane, while providing higher fixture efficacy and even illumination. The AL Series is the most recent addition to an industry-leading portfolio of intelligent LED lighting available through Acuity Brands.

The AL Series LED luminaires are embedded with easy-to-use, easy-to-install nLight® controls. nLight controls increase the LED luminaire’s energy savings potential, while simplifying layout design and installation using Cat-5 wiring and connectors. In addition to offering continuous dimming, AL Series luminaires can operate with occupancy sensors or daylight control systems to further manage and improve energy savings. The luminaires are designed with “plug-and-play” LED boards and components for easy future upgrade.

“The Lithonia Lighting AL Series LED luminaires are the newest innovation in our comprehensive and growing portfolio of advanced indoor ambient LED lighting solutions,” said Dave Ranieri, Acuity Brands Lighting Vice President and General Manager, Indoor Lighting. “They offer an aesthetically pleasing appearance and optical performance, while the embedded controls help deliver significant energy savings.”

The AL Series is available in 1’ x 4’, 2’ x 2’ and 2’ x 4’ configurations. For more information please visit Lithonia Lighting on the web at



Acuity Brands Premieres Smart + Simple Lighting Solutions Videos

August 30, 2012

Video series showcases the multiple benefits of integrated, intelligent lighting for indoor applications.

Acuity Brands, Inc. has produced a series of five videos exploring the practical integration of intelligent LED luminaires and digital controls for interior applications. The Smart + Simple Lighting Solutions video series provides insight on how lighting with embedded controls can be easily tailored to a specific application, while monitoring and responding to the immediate environment. This integrated approach can translate into a lighting solution that offers better lighting quality, improved energy management, and longer operational life than more conventional lighting systems.

“With the implementation of energy standards such as ASHRAE 90.1 2010, it has become essential for specifiers and end users to understand solutions for lighting that meet new mandates and effectively manage energy consumption,” said Neil Egan, Director, Communications, Acuity Brands Lighting. “These videos offer instruction on how ‘smart and simple’ solutions can help maximize lighting performance, while driving out waste and inefficiency.”

The video series is available on the Acuity Brands YouTube channel and covers the following topics:

  • Why Smart + Simple: Overview ofintegratedLEDlighting and controls solutions that help users manage energy usage by optimizing lighting utilization and performance over time.
  • Smart + Simple Luminaires: How LED luminaires with embedded controls can manage lighting quality, power consumption and operational life.
  • Smart + Simple Controls: The role of smart controls and how they help facility operations manage energy consumption while providing an unprecedented level of design, installation and user simplicity.
  • Smart + Simple Sensors: A review of sensor technologies and network system devices available to integrate with LED luminaires.
  • Smart + Simple Toolset: A short demonstration of software options to program, modify and monitor lighting for improved energy savings.

For more information about Smart + Simple lighting and lighting controls solutions, visit Following is the introductory video to the series featuring Dave Ranieri of Acuity Brands Lighting.

Landmark Office Building in Cleveland Business District Renovates Lighting with Acuity Brands Relight Kits

August 28, 2012

New indoor ambient lighting saves energy, improves work environment and enhances aesthetics in 381,000-square-foot Rose Building – corporate headquarters of Medical Mutual of Ohio.

Acuity Brands, Inc., a leading provider of comprehensive, energy-saving lighting solutions, announces that its Lithonia Lighting® high-performance volumetric Relight kits were installed in the corporate headquarters of Medical Mutual of Ohio located in the historic Rose Building in Cleveland, Ohio. The extensive lighting renovation project was completed with no work disruption, and is estimated to decrease the building’s annual energy use for lighting by more than 50 percent, or from 1.9 million kilowatt hours to about 906,000 million kilowatt hours.

Eco Engineering LLC, a specialized provider of energy-efficient lighting services and upgrades, identified and implemented the lighting solution for Medical Mutual of Ohio utilizing 2,600 volumetric Relight kits. The Relight kits were used to retrofit the deep-cell parabolic luminaires throughout the building’s interior. The 2’ x 4’ volumetric Relight kits feature energy-efficient RT8R recessed lighting components that were quickly and easily installed into existing fixtures, eliminating the need to break the ceiling plane.

The energy-efficient Relight assemblies are expected to reduce electrical demand from the onset of installation, including a reduction in the air conditioning load because the new lighting generates less heat. The building’s total annual energy usage is also expected to decrease by more than 50 percent, or from 2.5 million kilowatt hours to about 1.2 million kilowatt hours.

“Volumetric Relight kits are an ideal solution for renovating inefficient and outdated lighting systems,” said Kurt Vogel, Lithonia Lighting Director of Product and Market Development for Relight. “In addition to providing energy savings, the Relight kits improve the quality of lighting by delivering the ideal amount of soft, comfortable light throughout the space. The visually uncomfortable checker-board or cave effect created by parabolic and lensed troffer systems is completely eliminated.”

Don Green, Director of Facility Services for Medical Mutual of Ohio, was confident in the solution to use retrofit kits from the start.  “Lithonia Lighting Relight kits offered a cost-effective solution.  We saved on labor because there was no need to rewire. The fast installation process also met our needs for minimal disruption to daily operations,” said Green.

Visit to learn more about the benefits of Relight luminaires.





Lakeland Community College Uses Lighting Solution from Acuity Brands to Meet Key Performance and Energy-Efficiency Goals

August 15, 2012

RT Series LED luminaires equipped with nLight controls are installed in the new 40,000 square-foot Holden University Center.

Lakeland Community College (“Lakeland”) in Kirtland, Ohio, selected an integrated lighting solution from Acuity Brands, Inc. to meet key performance and energy-efficiency objectives for its new Holden University Center (“Center”). The integrated lighting solution installed in the 40,000 square-foot facility consisted of 483 Lithonia Lighting® RT Series LED luminaires equipped with nLight® controls. Lakeland has achieved energy and maintenance savings, while also providing an advanced learning environment. The Center’s smart classrooms now include adjustable illumination levels for use of projectors, video monitors and smart screens.

“After considering all of Lakeland’s performance, efficiency and control requirements, LED lighting became the obvious choice,” said Tony Bledsoe, senior project designer, Tec Inc. Engineering & Design, who facilitated the lighting project. “We reviewed competitive products for this application and the Lithonia Lighting RT Series LED luminaires integrated with nLight® controls from Acuity Brands separated itself as the best solution.”

By installing more energy-efficient lighting and controls, the Holden University Center has lowered its lighting energy consumption to 0.689 watts per square foot, greatly surpassing the lighting/energy code requirement of 1.2 watts per average square foot in the building. This reduced energy consumption level contributed in the facility applying for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

Lakeland has been recognized for its energy conservation among higher education facilities in North America, winning a 2010 Bellwether Award, which recognizes outstanding and innovative programs and practices that are successfully leading community colleges into the future. Additionally, the College was acknowledged by the Central Association of College & University Business Officers in 2010 for best practices associated with its energy conservation programs.

Representative Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) Tours Acuity Brands Facilities

August 14, 2012

Congressman promotes daylighting capabilities that support the Department of Defense’s goal to derive 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources.

Acuity Brands welcomed U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) today as he toured the company’s operations in Conyers and discussed opportunities presented by the innovative use of daylighting and integrated digital lighting technologies.

“I’m proud that such an innovative and eco-conscience company resides in my district,” said Congressman Johnson. “Acuity is leading the way in sustainability – not only in the products they make – but in the design of their facilities worldwide. Their commitment is literally lighting the way to a more eco-friendly future.”

“We were very pleased to receive Representative Johnson and to share more about our innovative energy-saving lighting solutions,” said Steve Lydecker, senior vice president and general manager, Acuity Brands Controls & Solutions. “We greatly appreciate the Congressman’s support of our daylighting capabilities through a provision he sponsored in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 to recognize ‘direct solar’ as a solution qualifying toward the Department of Defense goal to derive a quarter of its energy from renewable sources.”

“As one of the leading lighting manufacturers in the world, Acuity Brands is keenly focused on energy reductions – not only in the products we design and produce, but also in the way we operate our facilities,” said Lydecker. “We believe this was an ideal opportunity to further the goal of focusing the world’s attention on the invaluable role lighting can play in increasing energy efficiency and improving the quality of life.”

Representative Johnson also toured the Acuity Brands manufacturing facilities and spoke with employees in the Conyers operation.




Acuity Brands Introduces SHIVER™ LED Fixture from Lithonia Lighting, Designed for Refrigeration and Display Cases

August 3, 2012

SHIVER™ LED fixtures enhance merchandise appearance; exclusive AccuDrive® technology saves on installation and maintenance.

ImageAcuity Brands® introduces the SHIVER™ LED luminaire from Lithonia Lighting®, a refrigeration and display case lighting system that delivers even light distribution, energy and maintenance savings, and reduced glare. Equipped with AccuDrive® technology from Acuity Brands, SHIVER LED fixtures use the industry’s only single-driver system to operate all fixtures in a 2- to 6-door case. The use of a single driver helps reduce installation and maintenance costs with fewer components to mount or wire.

Ideal for use in vertical reach-in freezers, vending machines, trophy cases and retail display cases, the SHIVER LED luminaire can be used in environments ranging from -22°F (-30°C) to 86°F (30°C). Merchandise displays are enhanced with a high color rendering index (CRI) of 85. Additionally, glare on merchandise is reduced due to a 90-degree cut-off angle, keeping light inside the case to highlight displayed products rather than shining into the aisles.

SHIVER LED luminaires are engineered to achieve an expected lifetime rating of L70 at 50,000 hours and deliver up to 80 percent energy savings over traditional fluorescent lighting. Additional energy savings can be achieved when SHIVER LED fixtures are paired with occupancy sensor kits from the Acuity Brands portfolio. Sensor Switch® occupancy sensors employ passive infrared technology with a specialized view pattern to detect motion from customers as they move down the aisle. Sensor options include high/low dimming down to 25%, or on/off for a total solid-state solution.

“The SHIVER LED lighting system is unlike any other on the market as it offers the total solution that includes the lighting fixture, driver and occupancy sensor,” said Ed Weaver, Acuity Brands Lighting Vice President and General Manager Industrial and Emergency, Lithonia Lighting. “The Acuity Brands portfolio provides a smart and simple solution that improves the end user’s bottom line, as well as the quality of lighting and customer experience.”

For more information on the features and benefits of the SHIVER LED vertical refrigeration and display case lighting system, please visit

Holophane Adds LED Technology To Industry-Leading Portfolio Of High Mast Lighting Solutions

August 1, 2012

New HMAO™ LED luminaire features multiple lumen packages to maximize energy savings and deliver up to 100,000 hours of maintenance-free operation.

Providing innovative high mast lighting solutions for more than five decades, Holophane has expanded its High Mast Advanced Optix™ (HMAO) lighting systems to include LED technology. Engineered with a state-of-the-art prismatic borosilicate glass advanced optics, the HMAO™ LED luminaire is ideal for large area and roadway applications including airports, rail yards, sea terminals, industrial facilities, DOT interchanges and correctional facilities.

The HMAO LED luminaire features prismatic glass optics that provides overlapping distribution from each LED module to ensure excellent uniformity of light and eliminates potential dark spots. The uniformity of the vertical and horizontal lighting reduces glare. HMAO LED luminaires direct the lighting distribution on task due to the high efficacy of the LED chip-on-board modular light engine. Also, by minimizing the direct view of the source LED with prismatic glass optics, the HMAO LED luminaires help improve visual comfort. The 180-degree rotating optical assembly can be aligned “street side” with roadways for asymmetric light distribution.

“The HMAO LED luminaire provides a long life rating of 25 years, reducing maintenance costs by 50% and reducing energy costs and C02 emissions by up to 74% over HID lighting systems,” said David Deck, Product and Market Manager, Infrastructure, Acuity Brands Lighting.

The HMAO LED luminaire is available in multiple lumen packages to provide customers options for light levels and energy savings. Available for new construction or retrofitting, HMAO LED luminaires make it easy to replace existing HID luminaires without rewiring or changing existing luminaire mounting arms.

In addition, the HMAO LED luminaire is 3G rated for high vibration applications. Adjustable twist-off photocontrols come standard, and the luminaire is compatible with the ROAM® wireless monitoring system from Acuity Brands.