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.


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.


Sunoptics Launches Prismatic Daylighting Solution for Suspended-Ceiling Applications; Offers Wide Variety of Choices in Lens and Size Options

December 4, 2012

New LightFlex system delivers superior daylighting with the ability to integrate seamlessly with LED lighting and digital lighting controls.

LR-Tubular-LightFlex-Cutaway-smAcuity Brands introduces the LightFlex™ system, a high performance prismatic daylighting solution for suspended-ceiling applications from Sunoptics. The LightFlex system makes optimal use of daylight throughout the day, delivering glare-free lighting while minimizing energy usage from electric lighting.

The LightFlex toplighting system uses the Sunoptics® Signature Series prismatic skylight. This skylight allows the system to efficiently capture low-angle sunlight and optimize light distribution. A unique, patent-pending optic sphere drives light down through the skylight’s light well, maximizing the system’s light penetration. The result is the system makes extremely effective use of available sunlight to provide beneficial daylighting for more hours, during more days and in more geographic locations than typical skylights. The system comes standard with a conventional insulated square roof curb, which uses roofing industry-preferred flashing methods.

The LightFlex daylighting system is available in 21” tubular as well as 2’ x 4’ and 4’ x 4’ configurations to fit a variety of fixture options for plenum ceiling applications. The larger unit options allow for fewer penetrations in the roof. The tubular device includes adjustable elbows to bypass interior ceiling obstructions in retrofit applications.

All LightFlex products’ light wells use MIRO-SILVER® reflective aluminum, which features 98 percent light reflectivity performance from industry leader Alanod®. LightFlex is also offered with numerous lens options that match many of the lenses used in Acuity Brands LED and fluorescent luminaires. This breadth of choices allows an architect to match up the design of the electric source with the design of the natural light source, a feature that separates the product line from competitive daylighting offerings.

The LightFlex daylighting system is designed to integrate seamlessly with the broad array of Acuity Brands® controls solutions, such as nLight® controls and Dark to Light® control systems, as well as to match up with Acuity Brands indoor ambient luminaires. In addition, the system’s light control louvers allow users to adjust the amount of daylight entering the room, including completely darkening the daylight for visual presentations.

“The release of LightFlex daylighting products for suspended ceiling applications further expands the total toplighting offering from Sunoptics,” said Eric Huffman, Director, Daylighting Sales, Sunoptics. “Our solution integrates technology, controls and daylight harvesting for intelligent, holistic and sustainable lighting solutions, which contrasts with the single product feature approach used by many competitors.”

For more information on the Lightflex daylighting system, please visit  http://www.sunoptics.com/LightFlex or http://www.acuitybrands.com.


Acuity Brands Opens New State-of-the-Art Daylighting Training Center as Part of Newly Renovated Sunoptics Facility

July 12, 2012

12,000 square-foot building expansion allows customers to explore the performance and energy-saving benefits of integrated daylighting

Acuity Brands, Inc. announces the opening of its renovated Sunoptics® facility and new Daylighting University training center located in Sacramento, CA. The new offices and training facility provide an opportunity for industry professionals to explore the benefits of daylighting. The facility features a 1,600 square foot daylighting training center where Sunoptics will host its Daylighting University, which offers monthly training seminars and opportunities for customer presentations.

“In February 2011, Acuity Brands, Inc. acquired Sunoptics with the vision of providing customers with a complete lighting solution – electric lighting, natural lighting and lighting controls,” said Grant Grable, Acuity Brands Lighting Vice President, and Value Stream Leader for Sunoptics. “Expanding this facility not only supports the growth of Sunoptics® products, but also provides a state-of-the-art, fully integrated daylighting training center to better educate architects, specifiers, lighting designers and building owners on integrated daylighting design.”

Training seminar attendees explore multiple daylighting, electric lighting and controls solutions from Acuity Brands that focus on performance and energy savings. Coursework showcases daylighting solutions for suspended-ceiling applications, including applications in classrooms, offices and manufacturing spaces.

For more information, please contact an Acuity Brands representative or visit http://www.sunoptics.com.



Sunoptics Opens New State-of-the-Art Daylighting Facility

June 12, 2012

12,000 square-foot building expansion allows customers to explore the performance and energy benefits of integrated daylighting

Sunoptics® will host the grand opening of its renovated Sacramento-based facility and new Daylighting University™ training center on Thursday, June 14, 2012. The new offices and training facility now boasts an additional 12,000 square feet and provides an opportunity for industry professionals to explore the benefits of daylighting, while providing a high-performance work environment. Additionally, the facility features a 1,600 square foot daylighting training center where Sunoptics will host its Daylighting University monthly training seminars and opportunities for customer presentations.

“In February 2011, Acuity Brands acquired Sunoptics with the vision of owning the entire daylighting solution – electric lighting, natural lighting and lighting controls – to meet the growing demand for daylighting,” said Grant Grable, Vice President, Value Stream Leader for Sunoptics. “Expanding our headquarters not only supports the growth of Sunoptics, but also provides a state-of-the-art, fully integrated daylighting training center to better educate architects, specifiers, lighting designers and building owners on integrated daylighting design.”

The open house will allow attendees to explore multiple daylighting, electric lighting and controls solutions from Acuity Brands that focus on performance and energy savings. Activities include facility tours featuring interactive daylighting experience, local and national guest speakers and discussions with Acuity Brands daylighting experts including:

  • Stephen Lydecker, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Acuity Brands Controls & Solutions
  • Cheryl English, Vice President Government & Industry Relations
  • Konstantinos Papamichael, Ph.D, Professor, Dept. of Design, Co-Director, CA Lighting Technology Center, University of California, Davis

Dr. Papamichael will give a brief presentation on the integration of adaptive skylight and electric lighting controls, followed by a question and answer session on ‘Adaptive Lighting’. Tours will showcase solutions for suspended-ceiling applications, including applications in classrooms, offices and manufacturing spaces that incorporate the latest in daylighting, electric lighting and digital lighting controls.

The facility is open to industry professionals beginning September 1. Monthly training seminars available through Sunoptics Daylighting University also begin in September.


Sunoptics Expands Existing-Roofing Daylighting Solutions

September 27, 2011

SEAMLIGHT by SunopticsThanks to Sunoptics, maker of high-performance prismatic daylighting, you can directly instal daylighting onto existing industrial standing-seam roofing systems with the new SEAMLIGHT Curbless Daylighting System. It delivers optimal lighting performance but its installation process doesn’t interfere with the structural integrity of industrial low-slope standing seam metal roofing systems.

Pair it with one of Acuity Brands’ indoor intelligent control systems, including Sensor Switch, Synergy Lighting Controls or Lighting and Control Design, and you get the extreme in energy savings.

Sunoptics high-performance prismatic skylights optimize indoor daylighting performance with a patented dome construction designed to capture more light at low sun angles. This maximizes the amount of light transmittance while maintaining 100% diffusion and eliminating undesirable hot spots, glare and UV damage.


6 Reasons to Consider Sunoptics Prismatic Skylights

March 11, 2011

For the past two weeks we’ve told you quite a bit about Sunoptics Prismatic Skylights. Here’s a summary of the Sunoptics benefits:

  1. Sunoptics Prismatic Skylights have the highest performance and light transmittance of any standard domed skylight in the marketplace.
  2. All Sunoptics double- and triple-glazed skylights come standard with an insulated, condensation-resistant, thermally broken frame with integrated exterior weeping wells.
  3. Sunoptics has the exclusive Signature Series Dome.
  4. Sunoptics extrudes and thermally forms all of our own plastic and prismatic sheets.
  5. Sunoptics offers the exclusive Daylighting Photometric Lab.
  6. Sunoptics is a company committed to a purpose.

Paired with lighting control systems, such as those from Lighting Control & Design, you reduce your building’s energy consumption and maximize your savings as well as the comfort of building occupants.