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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 SolutionsOctober 2, 2012
DPR Construction installs highly controllable smart and simple lighting solutions to help meet requirements for LEED Gold certification.
DPR 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 Expands Portfolio of LED Renovation Solutions with the Introduction of VTLED Relight Assembly Kits from Lithonia LightingSeptember 11, 2012
Long-lasting LED technology results in reduced maintenance and disposal costs.
The Lithonia Lighting® VTLED Relight assembly kits from Acuity Brands, Inc. feature long-lasting LEDs with a service life of up 50,000 hours, reducing maintenance requirements and disposal costs compared to conventional lighting. The VTLED kits’ advanced LED light engine and driver consume less energy than older, less energy-efficient lamps.
VTLED Relight kits can be assembled completely below the ceiling plane. Universal end brackets and a one-piece plug-in light engine, coupled with a below-ceiling assembly capability, make the VTLED kits simple and quick to install. Kits are available in both 2’ x 4’ and 2’ x 2’ configurations.
“The VTLED Relight assembly kits are a high-quality, affordable, attractive and easy-to-install solution for lighting renovations,” said Dave Ranieri, Acuity Brands Lighting Vice President and General Manager, Indoor Lighting. “The enhanced lighting experience from the VTLED Relight kits gives the appearance of a complete lighting redesign while using far less material and labor costs as compared with installing new fixtures.”
The VTLED Relight kits create balanced and uniform illumination by eliminating shadows and cave effects for an enhanced aesthetic appeal. The kit’s reflectors soften and distribute light into the space while minimizing luminous contrast between the fixture and ceiling. Sloped end plates provide a smooth transition between fixture and ceiling. Advanced optical film provides superior LED concealment and even illumination across the diffuser.
For more information please visit Lithonia Lighting on the web at http://www.lithonia.com.
Acuity Brands Adds New AL Series Luminaires from Lithonia Lighting to Its Portfolio of Innovative LED Architectural LightingAugust 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 www.lithonia.com.
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.
Landmark Office Building in Cleveland Business District Renovates Lighting with Acuity Brands Relight KitsAugust 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 www.lithonia.com/relight to learn more about the benefits of Relight luminaires.