Sunoptics Receives Green Leadership Award

March 22, 2013

Sunoptics_Green_Leadership_HonoreeThe Sacramento Business Journal has awarded Sunoptics, a leader in high performance prismatic daylighting solutions, a Green Leadership Award for its energy efficient daylighting solutions. The Green Leadership Awards recognize the region’s people, companies and organizations that are developing and implementing the most transformative green technologies, products and services. Sunoptics is one of more than 20 lighting, daylighting and controls brands under Acuity Brands.

“Acuity Brands and Sunoptics are honored the Sacramento Business Journal has recognized our efforts to help reduce energy usage and waste in buildings across the country,” said Eric Huffman, Director, Daylighting Sales, Sunoptics. “From the products we develop to our own manufacturing facility and offices, we understand the value of green building solutions. We are committed to developing energy saving solutions through our product innovations as we continue to explore the power of daylight.”

The Sacramento Business Journal hosted a Green Leadership Awards breakfast on Friday, March 22, at the Sheraton Grand Hotel Sacramento to honor the Green Leadership awards winners.

For more information about daylighting solutions from Sunoptics please visit www.sunoptics.com. For more information about Acuity Brands please visit www.acuitybrands.com.


Multiple Acuity Brands Products Recognized for Innovative Indoor LED Luminaire Design

March 21, 2013

Acuity Brands receives a prestigious “Best in Class” and six “Recognized” awards for excellence from the 2013 Next Generation Luminaires Solid State Lighting Design Competition.

ngl_logo_finalAcuity Brands has been honored with seven  lighting industry awards including a “Best in Class” from the Next Generation Luminaires™ (NGL) Solid State Lighting (SSL) Design Competition. Distinctions were awarded to Peerless® and Lithonia Lighting® luminaires during the 2013 LEDucation 7 Conference held on March 20th. The judges, comprised of industry peers, evaluated and selected the lighting industry’s most innovative indoor lighting products.

The Lithonia Lighting W Series LED Wall Bracket was chosen “Best in Class” for excellence in quality, energy efficiency, dimmability, and aesthetic appearance and style among other attributes. W Series LED luminaires feature integrated controls that maximize energy savings in low-traffic or low-occupancy areas such as corridors, stairwells and restrooms. The luminaires automatically turn on or off as occupants move in and out of the areas.

According to the NGL, the idea behind its organization is to make it easier for lighting designers and specifiers to find LED lighting products that are worthy of specification. The goal is to recognize products that are not only attractive, but that are also energy-efficient and deliver good lighting quality.

NGL judges also distinguished Acuity Brands with six “Recognized” awards granted for the following innovative LED luminaires:  Round LED luminaire by Peerless®; Peerless® Mino LED luminaire;  Origami™ LED luminaire by Peerless®;  I-BEAM® LED high bay luminaire by Lithonia Lighting®;  IBH LED industrial low bay luminaire by Lithonia Lighting®; and  Proteon™ SL linear pendant luminaire by Lithonia Lighting®.

The D-Series LED Floodlight, Sizes 1 and 3 from Lithonia Lighting® received a Recognized award for excellence at the outdoor NGL SSL Design Competition announced last month.

“The NGL SSL Design Competition is known for its competitive judging criteria, and we are honored the W Series LED Wall Bracket came out on top,” said Acuity Brands Lighting Vice President, David Grimm. “With a total of eight awards for our company, Acuity Brands continues to be recognized by industry-leading organizations for producing the highest-quality, high-performance LED luminaries.”

The NGL SSL Design Competition is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA), and the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD). The contest seeks to promote excellence in the design of energy-efficient LED luminaires for commercial, industrial, and institutional lighting applications.

For more information on the products awarded from Lithonia Lighting or Peerless, please visit www.lithonia.com or www.peerlesslighting.com or www.acuitybrands.com.


Acuity Brands Receives Prestigious Award for Peerless Marketing Campaign

March 20, 2013

AB-Peerless-Mino-Ad-WinnerAcuity Brands announced today that Architectural SSL magazine selected Peerless® as its Market Leader for Outstanding Media Campaign winner in the 2013 Product Innovation Awards (PIA). The award recognizes the integrated marketing campaign touting the Peerless Mino luminaires.

The comprehensive multimedia campaign utilizes advertisements, collateral, web marketing, email, social media and public relations to effectively promote the new line of Peerless LED luminaires.

One of the most recognizable pieces of the campaign includes upside-down print advertisements.

“The upside-down format is designed to garner attention, intrigue readers and create an interactive element whereby one flips the page around to continue reading the ad,” said Peerless Marketing Communications Supervisor and campaign creator Randall Beren. “Moreover, this unique approach visually ties with the message that Peerless is now ‘turning things around’ by expanding our focus beyond indirect luminaires to include direct ambient luminaires.”

“In other words,” Beren continued, “we’re asking architects, designers and other specifiers to ‘Shift Perceptions’ and think about Peerless and our luminaires in a whole new light.”.

Another key component of the campaign is the informative product video that to date has garnered more than 1,200 views on Vimeo, YouTube and the Peerless website.

The Peerless Mino suite – which currently includes recessed, pendant and surface-mount 2’ x 2’ luminaires and that will soon be extended to include 1’ x 1’ and 1’ x 4’ models – delivers energy efficiency, quality optics, controls compatibility and application flexibility in a stylish, contemporary form. When illuminated, subtle gradient shadowing appears along the perimeter of the Peerless Mino lens surface. As the luminaire is viewed from different angles, these sophisticated abstractions shift in appearance adding drama and distinction.

Architectural SSL PIA recognitions determine and honor the most innovative LED and solid-state luminaires and fixtures on the market, while also recognizing the players behind the components that make up these light sources. For more information about  PIA, please visit www.architecturalssl.com/pia/.

For more information about Peerless Mino and to view many of the award winning campaign materials including the video, please visit www.PeerlessLighting.com/Mino. The upside-down ad can been seen again in the March 2013 issue of Architectural SSL.


2013 Solid-State Lighting Awards Solidify Acuity Brands’ Position as Technology Leader

March 20, 2013

Acuity Brands receives prestigious 2013 Technology Brand Leader designation and wins six LED lighting product honors from Architectural SSL Product Innovation Awards.  

PIA-13 WINNERAcuity Brands has been distinguished as the Technology Brand Leader in the LED luminaire market by the third annual Architectural SSL magazine Production Innovation Awards (PIA). In addition, Acuity Brands received Product Innovation Awards for six of its indoor and outdoor LED lighting products introduced this past year, further emphasizing the Company’s market leadership in product innovation.

“Acuity Brands has won a Market Leadership Technology Brand Leader award for its outstanding efforts in bringing a variety of quality solid-state lighting (SSL) fixtures, including OLED products, to market,” said Jim Crockett, Editor-in-Chief, Architectural SSL. “Additionally, Acuity Brands has six products that won individual Product Innovation Awards. These products are considered some of the best LED and solid-state luminaires on the market.”

The awards represent a peer-recognized selection of quality LED products.

The innovative and significant new Acuity Brands products selected as PIA winners include:

  • Peerless® Origami™ LED luminaire: Inspired by modern architecture, fashion and design, Origami LED luminaires are ideal for illuminating interior spaces where uniquely designed energy-saving fixtures are desired.
  • Lithonia Lighting® I-BEAM® LED luminaire: Ideal for high bay applications such as manufacturing, warehousing and other large indoor spaces, I-BEAM LED high bays provide an energy-savings payback in as little as two years.
  • Lithonia Lighting® FEM LED luminaire: Available as a surface-mounted or suspended linear fluorescent luminaire, the energy-efficient FEM LED is suitable for wet, damp and/or cold locations such as parking garages, industrial facilities, retail malls, multi-purpose centers, garden centers, and airports.
  • Holophane® Petrolux® LED series: Designed for harsh environments, Petrolux LED luminaires combine a robust sealed housing with state-of-the-art LED engine and prismatic polycarbonate optics to boost visibility and maximize spacing.
  • Holophane® Sign-Vue® LED luminaire: Used for illuminating billboard and DOT signage, Sign-Vue LED luminaires feature an innovative optical design with superior uniformity and color rendering to increase message visibility.
  • Holophane® HMAO LED high mast luminaire: HMAO LED luminaires feature multiple lumen packages to maximize energy savings and deliver up to 100,000 hours of maintenance-free operation in large area and roadway applications such as airports, rail yards, sea terminals, industrial facilities, DOT interchanges and correctional facilities.

Additionally, Peerless Lighting won a Market Leadership award for Outstanding Media Campaign, which is a comprehensive award for advertising, email marketing, web design and product literature, including catalogs.

For more information about Acuity Brands, please visit www.acuitybrands.com.


First Highly Energy-Efficient U.S. Embassy Installs Innovative OLED Luminaire from Acuity Brands

March 19, 2013

U.S. Embassy in Helsinki, Finland installs the Trilia OLED luminaire in its new Innovation Center to showcase the latest in energy-efficient technologies. 

LR-Trilia-OLED-Luminaire-Winona-2OLED lighting from Acuity Brands, is featured in the new Innovation Center at the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki, one of the most energy efficient embassy buildings in the world. The only OLED lighting selected for the project, the Trilia™ OLED luminaire from Winona Lighting, was customized with a unique design for the Embassy conference room. It was an integral part of sustainable building design strategies that will help enable the Embassy to achieve its stringent energy goals of using 38 percent less energy than other buildings of its type. Through these efforts in design, it is on track to be the first Embassy in the world to be certified Platinum under the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard.

The Embassy unveiled its Innovation Center at a public grand opening ceremony on February 26, 2013. The Innovation Center houses the public offices of the U.S. Embassy in Finland and showcases the latest in energy-efficient technologies.

According to the lead lighting designer for the project, Nancy Clanton, President of Clanton and Associates, Inc., “The Trilia OLED luminaire was the perfect OLED solution for the Embassy because of the modular units that allow single luminaires to combine into distinctive, organic patterns. Ideal for the size and height of one of the conference room spaces, the Trilia design emphasizes the thinness of OLEDs while delivering an extremely comfortable and uniform distribution of light.”

“It is an honor for the Trilia OLED luminaire to be selected as one of the most advanced energy-efficient lighting technologies for the U.S. Embassy Innovation Center in Finland,” said Peter Ngai, Vice President Research and Development, Acuity Brands Lighting.

OLED luminaires can be applied in a multitude of ways to provide accent or functional lighting that breaks away from rectangular grid layouts, affording greater design freedom in interior spaces. Trilia OLED luminaires were recently recognized for an advanced level of innovation by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) in the 2012 IES Progress Report.

For more information about OLED lighting solutions from Acuity Brands, please visit www.AcuityBrands.com/OLED.


Acuity Brands Acquires eldoLED, a World Leading Designer and Manufacturer of Intelligent Drive Solutions for LED-based Lighting

March 14, 2013

eldoled logoAcuity Brands, a market leader in innovative energy-efficient lighting and controls solutions, today announced it has acquired eldoLAB Holding B.V., (“eldoLED”), a leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance, intelligent drivers for LED-based lighting systems. Founded in 2003, eldoLED is a privately owned company headquartered in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

eldoLED intelligent drive solutions are accelerating the LED transformation by delivering the promise of smarter, sleeker and more efficient lighting solutions. eldoLED offers a wide range of readily available LED drivers using state-of-the-art drive, networking and control architectures, providing full-range dimming for white LED and dynamic color solutions for RGB effect lighting.  eldoLED also develops customized and design-in solutions for its worldwide customer base of leading OEM lighting manufacturers, including Acuity Brands.  Proprietary digital technologies provide eldoLED drivers with advanced capabilities such as flicker-free dimming to off, optimum power efficiency, configurability, and robust thermal management in a small footprint.

“eldoLED has developed and continues to develop breakthrough solutions in the field of solid-state lighting through its comprehensive offering of driver, controls and networking solutions,” said Vernon J. Nagel, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Acuity Brands. “As we have discovered first-hand, its best-in-class drivers provide exceptional, smooth dimming and consistent color and brightness. In addition, the ability of eldoLED driver technology to integrate with all types of solid-state lighting applications and communicate with lighting controls systems aligns well with Acuity Brands’ mission of providing superior integrated lighting solutions.”

The core of the eldoLED product architecture is firmware that allows a single driver to flexibly deliver a wide range of current and voltage outputs to optimize LED fixture operation, as well as enabling simple communication with a variety of sensors. And when integration with an external control system is needed, the eldoLED driver architecture interfaces seamlessly across industry-standard protocols, such as the global standards 0-10V and DALI or the theatrical lighting standard DMX with RDM.

“Our focus is to create cutting-edge technology solutions that enable our customers to bring next-generation, high-power LED products to market,” said Albert Berghuis, Director and General Manager, eldoLED. “We’ve had the pleasure of partnering with Acuity Brands on several LED fixtures across its Gotham®, Mark Architectural Lighting™ and Winona® Lighting brands. And now we look forward to joining the Acuity Brands family and utilizing its significant resources to further accelerate the delivery of superior driver solutions for all of our OEM customers, including Acuity Brands, in order to maximize the potential of solid-state lighting.”

eldoLED will continue to focus on providing superior intelligent drive solutions to service its growing list of global OEM customers.

For more information on eldoLED please visit www.eldoled.com or www.acuitybrands.com.

The acquisition is not expected to materially impact Acuity Brands’ fiscal 2013 consolidated financial performance.


New Suite of Luminaires Delivers Great Lighting at a Great Value

March 14, 2013

Believing Everyone Deserves Quality Illumination, Peerless Introduces Staple

Staple-Suspended-Baffle-LensPeerless — a leading designer and manufacturer of architectural luminaires and one of the innovative lighting companies under the Acuity Brands umbrella — announces the introduction of the Staple suite of suspended and wall-mount luminaires.

Staple luminaires deliver all the fundamentals of great lighting — modern design, comfortable illumination, efficient performance and energy-saving controls options — at a value that makes it a practical choice for a wide range of indoor applications including schools, offices, retail stores and health facilities.

“With Staple, our aim was to bring to market a first-class quality luminaire at a value that would make it truly accessible to all,” says Peerless Value Stream Director Meggan Kessler. “We focused our resources on developing minimal, cost-effective components and efficient production methods that wouldn’t compromise our commitment to vision-friendly optics and design-forward styling.”

Subtle contours around the perimeter of the Staple luminaires’ rectangular bodies provide a contemporary aesthetic. A soft-glowing acrylic baffle or diffused lens extends edge to edge and end to end creating seamless continuity. Gloss white paint finishes the understated, yet thoroughly modern, luminaire.

“Staple’s simple, curved rectilinear form is reminiscent of renown designer Dieter Rams’ elegant, yet unobtrusive work and, more recently, the popular mobile devices coming out of Cupertino,” explains Peerless Design Director Frank Friedman. “But what’s really unique about Staple is its luminous baffle which is like nothing else in the lighting industry.”

Available for either T8 or T5/T5HO lamps, Staple luminaires emit comfortable, glare-free illumination. Optically engineered shielding and reflectors produce a quality of light that minimizes eyestrain and fatigue. And, with most lamping options meeting Illuminating Engineering Society recommended practices for education facilities and offices as well as Collaborative for High Performance Schools best practices, Staple luminaires produce illumination that promotes workplace productivity and contributes to improved classroom learning.

To reduce energy use and meet building power density requirements, Staple luminaires are more than 90% efficient. When specified for single T8 lamps and spaced 10 feet apart on-center in a typical 60’ x 40’ open office, Staple luminaires use as low as .60 watts per square foot while delivering 31 foot candles on a 2.5’ high work surface. With this kind of operational efficiency, commissioning Staple luminaires may contribute toward a building’s LEED certification by helping to reduce overall energy consumption.

Further energy savings is possible when Staple luminaires are specified with one or more of the following options embedded into the luminaire:

• An integrated nLight® Micro Sensor that provides daylight dimming and/or dual,  passive infrared and Microphonics™ technologies for occupancy on/off control

• An nLight® module that provides row, room, building or campus-wide network connectivity and control

Staple luminaires also direct lumens exactly where they are needed. With a standard 65% indirect, 35% direct distribution, Staple luminaires deliver the necessary lumens on work surfaces while effectively illuminating entire rooms with broadly distributed, uniform light. For applications where ceiling reflectivity is less-than-optimal, Staple luminaires may be specified with optional variable distribution reflectors to redirect more light downward.

Offered in 4’, 8’ and 12’ lengths, Staple luminaires can be installed as individual units or joined together to form continuous runs.

All Peerless® luminaires, including the Staple suite, are available nationally through Acuity Brands sales representatives and authorized distributors. For additional information, please visit the Acuity Brands and Peerless websites.