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Acuity Brands Introduces New W Series Architectural Luminaires from Lithonia Lighting

October 24, 2012

The W Series luminaires feature integrated controls to maximize energy savings in low-traffic or low-occupancy areas such as corridors, stairwells and restrooms.

Lithonia Lighting W SeriesAcuity Brands announced today the introduction of the Lithonia Lighting® W Series luminaires that feature integral occupancy sensors to manage lighting usage in low-traffic or low-occupancy areas such as corridors, stairwells and restrooms. The luminaires automatically turn on or off as occupants ascend and descend stairs, walk corridors or enter a seldom used space, significantly reducing energy consumption by not lighting the space when it is not in use.

The W Series luminaires are available with energy-efficient LED or fluorescent lamps and can be configured for surface or wall mount applications. The luminaires’ linear-fluted diffuser coordinates with the Lithonia Lighting RT, VT and ST Series volumetric lighting products and can complement the look of both traditional and contemporary spaces.

“The W Series architectural luminaires combine energy-efficient performance with a sleek, minimalist design at an affordable price,” said Dave Ranieri, Acuity Brands Lighting Vice President and General Manager, Indoor Lighting. “To save energy, luminaires turn off when not in use but embedded sensors can easily detect small motions and walking motions that turn the luminaires on. This helps keep occupants safe and comfortable in the environment.”


Dave Ranieri Presenting at IALD Enlighten ‘12

October 10, 2012

Dave Ranieri Presenting at IALD Enlighten '12Dave Ranieri, VP and GM of Lithonia Lighting Commercial Indoor Business Unit, is presenting at IALD Enlighten ’12 in Vancouver, BC, Canada on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10:30 a.m. – noon.

Ranieri’s presentation titled “Emerging Technology: The Convergence of LEDs and Digital Controls” will explore four critical aspects of how and why to incorporate LED lighting and controls into lighting design, including:

  • why LED lighting likes to be controlled
  • how controls enhance LED lighting functionality
  • how to improve quality and reduce operating costs
  • common and advanced LED lighting and control capabilities
  • how to incorporate LED lighting systems and controls into real world application

For more information about the conference, please visit iald.org.


DPR Construction Designs Environmentally Responsible Workspace Using Acuity Brands Lighting and Controls Solutions

October 2, 2012

DPR Construction installs highly controllable smart and simple lighting solutions to help meet requirements for LEED Gold certification.

DDPR Construction Chooses Acuity Brands Lighting and Controls SolutionsPR Construction, one of the largest general contracting and construction firms in the U.S, renovated 100 percent of its new occupied office space in Newport Beach, Calf. with LED lighting and digital lighting controls solutions from Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI). DPR Construction’s goals for the renovation were to reduce energy consumption, visually enhance its open and collaborative workspace and meet the criteria to become LEED® Gold certified.

DPR Construction specified multiple lighting and controls products from Acuity Brands®. These products included Lithonia Lighting® VT Series LED luminaires with integrated nLight® technology from Acuity Brands, which use nLight® enabled lighting controls from Sensor Switch®. These fixtures with integrated controls were installed above workstations in its open office spaces. Mark Architectural Lighting™ Slot fixtures were installed in its “innovation” room, to bring architectural appeal to a unique, non-traditional space. Additionally, EVO® A Series LED downlights from Gotham® were installed throughout hallways, bathrooms, labs and showers. Occupancy sensors from Sensor Switch were also installed in all areas to help meet California Title 24 building energy efficiency standards.

As a way to further enhance the energy savings provided by the LED luminaires, DPR Construction specified the nLight Virtual WallPod™ application from Sensor Switch, which allows employees to use their iPhone® or iPad® mobile device or desktop computer to individually control their personal workspace lighting. “Our employees have different needs – one may be looking at drawings, while the other is working on a computer – so we wanted to make workstations functional and flexible for whatever task they may be completing,” said Jason King of DPR Construction. “Through the nLight Virtual WallPod application, every end user has dimming capabilities at his or her desk through an iPhone or the task bar of a computer.”

“As one of the country’s leading general contractors, with a focus on sustainable projects, DPR Construction needed a workspace that shows that they practice what they preach,” said Dave Ranieri, Acuity Brands Lighting Vice President and General Manager, Indoor Lighting. “The integration of high performance LED lighting with a robust digital controls platform gives DPR Construction a smart and simple way to reach their energy saving goals, while putting their core values of doing what is right for employees, customers and the industry into practice as a company.”


Acuity Brands OLED Lighting and Controls Solutions Receive Innovations Awards at IIDEX Canada

October 1, 2012

Acuity Brands, Inc. announced today its Canvis™ OLED luminaire collection marketed by Winona® Lighting and Easyl™ show controller were honored with Innovation Awards from IIDEX Canada. The Canvis collection was awarded Silver in the innovative lighting category, and the Easyl™ show controller for RGB luminaires won Bronze in the lighting controls category.

The IIDEX Canada Innovation Awards were established in 1984 to celebrate the latest and most innovative product designs and booth creativity. The Innovation Awards are exclusively for IIDEX Canada exhibitors and are judged by representatives from the design, media and business communities. Winners were announced on Sept. 19, 2012.

“We are thrilled to receive such a prestigious acknowledgement from the judges at IIDEX Canada,” said Greg Holm, Vice President and General Manager of Acuity Brands Lighting Canada. “These awards honor excellence in product design – something we aim for in every lighting and controls solution from the Acuity Brands portfolio.”

The Canvis collection is a series of OLED luminaires featuring luminous surfaces, expressed through multiple shapes. Its angles, curves and movement convey mood while providing serene, volumetric light, offering a wide array of lighting design possibilities. The family includes the Twist, Drape, Screen and Pose and the design enables new dimensions in luminaire design and application.

Acuity Brands OLED Lighting and Controls Solutions Receive Innovations Awards at IIDEX CanadaThe Easyl DMX512 controller features an LCD touchscreen and allows for control of 512 channels of color changing luminaires. Preprogrammed shows with static and color changing effects simplify initial setup and provide a starting point for customization. Easyl lighting controls provide design, edit, store and recall functions for a maximum of 12 shows, and features quick adjust intensity and speed sliders.


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 www.acuitybrands.com/smartandsimple. Following is the introductory video to the series featuring Dave Ranieri of Acuity Brands Lighting.


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.