Eight Acuity Brands Experts to Present at Lightfair International 2013

April 3, 2013

LFI2013_WebLogo-1Acuity Brands is pleased to announce eight of its experts are featured speakers at Lightfair International 2013 in Philadelphia, April 21 – 25. Acuity Brands lighting, controls and daylighting experts will host a variety of workshops and seminars, covering topics from managing LED luminaire costs to healthcare lighting and retrofit lighting.

“We are excited to share our expertise with the industry as we continue to expand and develop new lighting, controls and daylighting technology,” said David Grimm, Acuity Brands Lighting Vice President. “Presenting at Lightfair is a way we can engage with the industry to share our knowledge and gain insight from other industry professionals.”

Featured Acuity Brands experts presenting during Lightfair International 2013 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center include:

Sunday, April 21

  • Visual 2012 Training: David DiLaura, Acuity Brands Lighting Principal Illuminating Engineer, Innovation & Technology Group, with Randall King, Acuity Brands Lighting Director of the Illuminating Engineering Services and Tim Sears, Acuity Brands Lighting Lead Illuminating Engineer

 Monday, April 22

  • Photometry: Greg Subisak, Acuity Brands Lighting Director of Training for Center of Light & Space – Granville

 Tuesday, April 23

  • Tools and Resources for Choosing Wise Investments in Lighting: Damon Wood, Acuity Brands Lighting Specification Sales Manager

Wednesday, April 24

  • Managing LED Luminaire Costs: Mark Hand, Acuity Brands Lighting Director of Indoor New Product Development & Technology
  • The Visually-Optimized, Empowered Patient Room: Approaches to Transforming the Lighting Environment for Healthcare Facilities: Karyn Gayle, Acuity Brands Lighting Vice President, Healthcare Vertical

Thursday, April 25

  • Lighting Retrofits: A Better Option Now Than Ever Before: Kurt Vogel, Value Stream Leader, Lithonia Lighting

Acuity Brands is exhibiting at Lightfair booth #801 and will showcase a variety of new products and technologies from its lighting, controls and daylighting offerings. For more information about Acuity Brands, please visit www.acuitybrands.com.


Acuity Brands Named 2012 IMARK Group Supplier of the Year

October 25, 2012

Company Honored for Third Consecutive Year

For an unprecedented third consecutive year, Acuity Brands is proud to announce that it was selected as the IMARK Group’s (“IMARK”) 2012 “Supplier of the Year” and received the award at IMARK’s Annual Meeting. The Supplier of the Year award recognizes the Company’s efforts over the past 12 months to support the members that make up the IMARK Group. In addition to Supplier of the Year, Acuity Brands was recognized with the award for Sales Leadership by a vote of IMARK members.

As a member-owned marketing group of electrical products, IMARK represents more than 2,000 distributor locations. The award winner was selected by IMARK’s more than 1,100 member companies.  Members used the following criteria when rating preferred suppliers: annual sales growth and overall performance, marketing support for IMARK programs, new product promotion and communication activities, IMARK member training through IMARK University, and creative efforts to serve new IMARK members.

Bob Smith, President of IMARK, said, “Our membership was very pleased to once again announce Acuity Brands as the Supplier of the Year. Acuity continues to demonstrate outstanding support for our membership through all of the IMARK marketing programs. We are proud of our association with Acuity Brands and the award is greatly deserved. What is more impressive is that this is the third consecutive year that our membership has recognized Acuity Brands as our Supplier of the Year.”

“Acuity Brands is thrilled to be awarded IMARK’s highest recognition for sales and marketing efforts for an unprecedented third year,” said Geoff Marlow, Acuity Brands Lighting Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing. “We value the relationship with IMARK and the recognition of its members for product leadership, training, and superior support. The acknowledgement reinforces our efforts to align closely with our customers to ensure our shared success.”

For additional information, please visit the IMARK Group on the web and Acuity Brands’ YouTube® Channel. You can also become a fan of Acuity Brands on Facebook® and follow Acuity Brands on Twitter®.


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.”


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.


Acuity Brands Joins Volunteer Initiative to Build Green Schools

July 17, 2012

Phoenix schoolhouses will be LEED certified and feature Acuity Brands Smart + Simple Solutions for School Lighting

As part of its initiative to promote and deliver high-performance school lighting, Acuity Brands, Inc continues its support of the Green Schoolhouse Series, which has broken ground on its second project in Phoenix.

The self-described “studio-themed” addition to the Orangewood School is a state-of-the-art schoolhouse, designed to achieve Platinum status under the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard. Orangewood School is a K-8 school in the Washington Public School District.

“Acuity Brands is proud to continue to be a flagship sponsor to help create schoolhouses in Arizona,” said Tim Hogan, Acuity Brands Lighting Vice President for Education Solutions. “Our Smart + Simple Solutions integrate electric lighting, daylighting, and controls to both improve the learning environment and help reduce the overall long-term cost of the structure.”

The 6,000 square-foot “studio-themed” school features the full breadth of the Acuity Brands lighting and controls portfolio, including advanced indoor and outdoor lighting using both LED and traditional high-efficiency fluorescent light sources, together with integrated controls.

Acuity Brands provided Lithonia Lighting®, Mark Architectural Lighting™ and Peerless® general indoor ambient luminaires, as well as Gotham® and Winona® Lighting architectural and accent lighting. Lithonia Lighting and Hydrel® outdoor LED solutions enhance visibility for occupants before and after school hours. And, Sunoptics® skylights are integral components of the lighting and daylighting harvesting design strategy.

“The building maximizes functionality and minimizes energy use through Sensor Switch®  controls, sensors and switches, enabled by nLight® technology, that integrate the building’s lighting and control operations,” said Hogan. “The school also features Lithonia Lighting emergency and exit lighting and RELOC® modular wiring products.”

“Studio” is the second in the series of green schoolhouses that features lighting and controls solutions by Acuity Brands. The program strives to educate students and community members about the importance of sustainable living and building practices. The building features a STEM-devoted (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) classroom, rainwater harvesting capabilities, interactive white boards and an indoor/outdoor amphitheater.

The state-of-the-art school facility was designed by the architecture firm Emc2 Group Architects Planners, PC, with construction being completed by Kitchell. Engineering services are being provided by Heideman Associates, a Zak Company; Larson Engineering; and Olsson Associates.

 

 


Sensor Switch Launches nWiFi Wireless Solution for nLiGHT Network Lighting Control System

April 16, 2012

Acuity Brands, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of wireless capabilities to its award-winning nLiGHT® network lighting control technology. The nWiFi™ solution from Sensor Switch® uses existing WiFi network infrastructure to further simplify control installation and reduce hardware costs.

The nWiFi solution adds conventional WiFi technology (802.11n) to nLight devices, such as occupancy sensors and relays, enabling them to seamlessly communicate with both wired and wireless nLiGHT lighting control zones. Additionally, nWiFi devices can directly communicate to locally wired nLight devices through CAT-5 cables.  Already installed in multiple locations, the nWiFi solution has proven a robust addition to the wired nLiGHT network, leveraging the wide-spread industry knowledge around the 802.11 protocol.

“The addition of nWiFi makes nLight unique, integrating both wired and wireless lighting controls to meet the diverse requirements of any project,” said Ben Hahn, Acuity Brands Lighting Vice President and Value Stream Leader for Sensor Switch. “This hybrid approach simplifies installation, reduces labor costs and expands intelligent lighting control possibilities to areas such as renovation and high bay applications that traditionally have been challenging.”

“The application of WiFi is widespread, trusted, and growing, making it the ideal technology for wireless networked lighting controls,” said Steve Lydecker, Acuity Brands Lighting Senior Vice President and General Manager, Controls and Systems. “The nWiFi product line takes full advantage of this evolution and demonstrates our continued commitment to our customers through the development of innovative, cost-effective and technology-driven solutions that meet their needs.”

A digital architecture and networking technology that cost-effectively integrates time-based, daylight-based, sensor-based and manual lighting controls, the nLiGHT system is designed to function in an individual room or networked together across an entire facility or campus. Easy-to-use and easy-to-install, the nLiGHT system significantly cuts energy consumption while enhancing user and occupant convenience. nLiGHT intelligence is also embedded in LED luminaires from Lithonia Lighting® — offering a complete and customizable lighting solution with integrated controls.

For more information about Acuity Brands line of lighting and controls solutions, please visit Acuity Brands and Sensor Switch on the web.

 


Acuity Brands Launches Wall Switch Sensor with Convertible Neutral/Ground Connection for Meeting NEC 2011 Neutral Requirements

March 8, 2012

Acuity Brands, Inc. is pleased to introduce the new patent-pending WSD NGX (Neutral/Ground Exchangeable) wall switch sensor as an addition to its Sensor Switch® line of occupancy sensors.

This new sensor provides an innovative and contractor-friendly solution to meet the neutral/ground wiring requirements under the 2011 National Electric Code® (“NEC 2011”) without having to purchase a dedicated unit. The WSD NGX sensor can use either the neutral conductor required by NEC 2011 for new construction projects, or it can use the ground connection, which is a common wiring method for many retrofit applications. The sensor’s ability to use either wiring method enables distributors to stock and sell one unit without risk of returned material from jobs where the wrong type of sensor was supplied.

“Since its release, the new NEC 2011 code has been partially or fully adopted by more than 25 states,” said Ben Hahn, Acuity Brands Lighting Vice President and Value Stream Leader for Sensor Switch. “The WSD NGX sensor’s wiring feature allows contractors to have a universally code compliant solution regardless of job site wiring requirements.”

“With the growing adoption rate of NEC 2011 as an accelerant, this new universal sensor provides a level of simplicity to electrical contractors and distributors last seen with the introduction of multi-volt ballasts,” added Steve Lydecker, Acuity Brands Lighting Senior Vice President and General Manager, Controls and Systems. “The multi-volt ballast eliminated the need to stock dedicated ballast voltages and avoided the risk of getting the wrong unit to the jobsite. Now with the new WSD NGX the same is true of the wall switch sensor.”

The new patent-pending convertible neutral/ground exchangeable (NGX) feature joins Sensor Switch’s already patented reversible line and load wiring featured product line – continuing the Company’s rich history of developing contractor-friendly products. The WSD NGX is available in both Passive Infrared (PIR) and Dual Technology (PDT) versions and is now shipping.