Pathway Connectivity Introduces New Pathport Quattro Control Solution

October 20, 2011

Rounding out a powerful line of DMX-over-Ethernet distribution equipment is the innovative new Pathport Quattro, which provides real-time, interoperability solutions between sophisticated lighting control systems.

A Pathway Connectivity solution, the compact, four-port node Pathport Quattro runs on Power-over-Ethernet, making it suitable for truss, desktop, wall-mount or 19”-rack installation. Like other members of Pathway’s Pathport family, the Quattro supports all standard DMX-over-Ethernet protocols, including E1.31 streaming ACN, Strand Shownet, Art-Net and Pathport Protocol. It can easily be retro-fitted into an existing network or be the cornerstone of a new installation.

The Pathport Quattro and other Pathway products will be exhibited at the LDI 2011 Trade Show and Conference at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, October 28-30, Booth #1257.


ROAM System Brings Big Benefits to Glendale, Arizona

October 18, 2011

Combining photo-control technology with remote monitoring and control capabilities, the ROAM wireless outdoor street light monitoring and control system continues to provide superior benefits to the City of Glendale, Arizona. Glendale was the first U.S. city to have the ROAM wireless monitoring system, which was installed as part of its comprehensive city-wide street light monitoring system over a 55-square-mile area.

Since installation, the City reports a dramatic reduction of resident-reported lighting outages. As a result, the City’s resident satisfaction levels have improved, while City staff, contractors and utility companies are held more accountable for their performance, all as measured by the ROAM system.


LIGHTFAIR via YouTube: Almost Like Being There

May 24, 2011

Couldn’t make the LIGHTFAIR International show? Join the Acuity Brands LIGHTFAIR team on YouTube! We’ve uploaded highlights from our LIGHTFAIR adventure on our YouTube channel. Here are the top five videos:

1) Peter Ngai and Jeannine Fisher explain OLED lighting:

2) Megan Kessler shows us what’s new at Peerless Lighting

3) Tamar Williamson talks all about Holophane

4) Steve Lydecker explains the beauty of lighting controls

5) Grant Grable talks about daylighting and Sunoptics


Extreme Heat? Cold? Try OnePass

March 16, 2011

OnePass® Extreme is a new offering from the RELOC® Wiring Solutions family that’s positioned for extremely low and high temperature environments. It provides the same plug-and-play installation, low maintenance and cost saving benefits of the traditional RELOC system with one distinct difference: It’s suited for facilities with long-term exposure to severe temperatures. Examples: warehouse coolers, freezers, food distribution buildings, and unheated spaces.

OnePass Extreme can be used in applications with temperatures ranging from as low as -40o Celsius / -40o Fahrenheit to as high as 75oCelsius / 167o Fahrenheit. Normal thermoplastic high heat-resistant nylon-coated (THHN) wiring systems would break down and become brittle in those extreme temperature ranges. Like other OnePass products, OnePass Extreme is UL/CUL listed. Click here to see a detailed brochure.


Go Digital on Daylight Harvesting Controls

March 7, 2011

For years, Sunoptics and Lighting Controls & Design (LC&D) products have been integrated to enhance the value of prismatic skylight solutions. That’s because digital lighting controls improve on the functionality of traditional (non-digital) controls, providing advanced programming capabilities with a simple front end – usually just a wall switch or dimmer.

With LC&D’s GR 2400 system, controls are easy to maintain and operate. Settings can be adjusted through the Internet or with any computer running Unity™ Lighting Control Software. In fact, LC&D is the only manufacturer that offers free lifetime remote programming for every system equipped with a modem.

The GR 2400 system is more than just relay panels and hardware. It is a completely digital, integrated system that will lower your operating expenses. By simply turning off unneeded lighting, energy consumption is reduced as much as 40% to 50%.


Yes, You Can Control the Sun

March 4, 2011

To enhance shoppers’ experience, retailers often use different lighting treatments for each of their departments; this can greatly impact the penetration of daylight and electric lighting.

The “best-practices” approach of dimming gives a seamless integration between the skylights and the electric lighting, allowing some lights to be dimmed without distracting shoppers. After store hours, lighting levels are reduced to those needed for cleaning and stocking. Non daylit zones are controlled with a different strategy but are included within the digital lighting controls to ensure lights are off after hours.

Distributed controls are what accommodate these separate treatments, and LC&D’s free remote programming allows for easy adjustments to ensure proper lighting levels.



Energy Code Requirements, Demystified

March 4, 2011

Commercial building code regulations can provide energy cost savings and sustainability for building owners. But they can mean growing complexity for engineers, architects and other designers. Today’s codes regulate construction in jurisdictions covering nearly 90% of the U.S. population; that’s a lot of codes!

To help you with the requirements, LC&D has published Energy Code Compliant Solutions Using Digital Lighting Controls. It describes IECC, ASHRAE 90.1 and California Title 24 mandates for lighting controls like auto-shutoff, bilevel switching, space controls, and daylight harvesting. An at-a-glance table summarizes requirements. To help with compliance, the right LC&D digital lighting control is identified.

Visit Acuity Brands Controls’ energy code web resource for excerpts of energy codes from each state in the U.S. and certain localities, plus information about certain energy programs