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.


Virginia’s Largest Pet Supply Store Installs Acuity Brands Integrated LED Lighting and Controls

January 22, 2013

Care-A-Lot Pet Supply reduces energy use and effectively highlights merchandise with integrated LED lighting and digital controls. 

LR_0210_3-sharpLeading Virginia pet retailer, Care-A-Lot® Pet Supply, installed more than 200 indoor and outdoor LED luminaires and poles and digital controls from Acuity Brands in its new 20,000-square-foot facility in Virginia Beach, Va. A combination of Lithonia Lighting®, Winona® Lighting, Gotham®, and Sensor Switch® LED lighting and controls solutions work seamlessly together to highlight merchandise and reduce energy usage. It is estimated the store will save $5,000 annually in energy costs compared to typical HID and fluorescent lamp sources.

Working with PM&E Design Group and Resource Lighting, Care-A-Lot selected a variety of Acuity Brands lighting solutions to solve unique challenges. Challenges included lighting a space and merchandise effectively with 30-foot-high-ceilings, as well as achieving optimum lighting and minimal glare for the aquarium displays. On the exterior, Care-A-Lot needed a solution to provide quality lighting in their large parking lot, while minimizing light pollution to the neighboring residential community.

“We wanted to work with one lighting manufacturer for the new Care-A-Lot store,” said Jake Stevens, a project leader with Resource Lighting who helped design the lighting solution. “Acuity Brands was the perfect partner because it delivers a wide range of indoor and outdoor lighting products, very high quality fixtures, as well as beautiful, decorative fixtures.”

I-BEAM® fluorescent highbays from Lithonia Lighting were installed throughout the sales floor to enhance the lighting for two different shelving types. RT5™ volumetric recessed lighting fixtures from Lithonia Lighting integrated with ceiling and wall controls from Sensor Switch were installed in the veterinary exam rooms, kennel rooms, washrooms, offices, break rooms, hallways and restrooms. For aesthetics and energy savings, Care-A-Lot installed Gotham EVO® LED downlights, as well as recessed DoM series LED luminaires from Lithonia Lighting to minimize glare on aquarium tanks.

On the exterior, Lithonia Lighting ALX LED luminaires help keep light within property lines to eliminate light spill and light pollution in the neighboring residential area. Winona Lighting Winscape™ Hensley LED ingrades and Winscape ™ Benton LED wall-mounted cylinders illuminate the columns and entryway to the store.

For information about LED lighting and controls solutions for indoor and outdoor applications, visit www.acuitybrands.com. For more information about Care-A-Lot Pet Supply please visit www.carealotpets.com.


Acuity Brands Intelligent Lighting and Control System Helps Government Building Become Net-Zero Energy Ready

December 18, 2012

Government institution installs state-of-the-art integrated lighting control system as part of $4.4 million modernization and renovation project.  

Iowa-Public-Employees-Retirement-SystemThe Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System (IPERS) reduced its electrical load by 70 percent with help from Lithonia Lighting® RT Series LED luminaires embedded with nLight® technology from Acuity Brands. This installation helps IPERS meet both its short-term energy savings goals for its 43,000-square-foot building, as well as position IPERS to achieve its long-term goal of operating as a net-zero energy building.

“We decided to specify Acuity Brands products because of the indoor ambient LED lighting option,” said Brad Lauritsen of Key Professional Engineers, who performed an energy audit of the facility. “The RT Series luminaire from Lithonia Lighting neatly integrates with nLight technology to create a total solution from a single supplier.”

Through integrated lighting and controls solutions, IPERS experienced a $12,000 reduction in energy costs over the same three-month period from the previous year. In addition to specifying RT Series LED luminaires, IPERS incorporated Peerless® lighting solutions from the Acuity Brands portfolio to create a modern look and feel in the conference rooms.

“One of the advantages of working with Acuity Brands is we can provide a smart and simple lighting and controls solutions for any space,” said Dave Ranieri, Vice President and General Manager of the Indoor Business Unit of Acuity Brands. “As industry leaders in integrated lighting and controls solutions, we were able to provide IPERS with the right technology to meet their short- and long-term goals.”


Electrical Co-Op Integrates Acuity Brands LED Lighting and Digital Lighting Controls Technology

December 6, 2012

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. headquarters reduces maintenance and operations costs with integrated LED lighting and digital lighting controls solutions.

LR-TriSate-MailRm-2-4027Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc., a wholesale electric power supplier in Westminster, Colorado, installed advanced LED lighting and digital lighting controls solutions from Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) for its 116,000-square-foot office expansion and renovation at Tri-State’s headquarters. Hundreds of Lithonia Lighting® RT Series LED luminaires, nLight® lighting controls and occupancy sensors from Sensor Switch® were installed to meet maintenance and operational savings goals and enhance energy efficiency.

“Tri-state was very interested in using LED lighting technology everywhere it was appropriate,” said Bob Hawkins, Lighting Applications Engineer, The Lighting Agency, who helped evaluate the best LED lighting solution for the job. “They had a great experience using LED lighting technology outdoors and wanted to achieve the same benefits indoors. We conducted a demonstration with the lighting and digital controls, and Tri-State determined the RT Series with embedded nLight controls would be the best fit for their facility.”

Through integration of the RT Series LED luminaires, nLight lighting controls and occupancy sensors, Tri-State calculated it will achieve a 10 percent energy savings over the system life. Furthermore, the flexibility of the controls provides Tri-State with simple reprogramming capabilities that enable the system to fit the changing needs of the space. In open office spaces where furniture is changed often, it is critical to have a lighting system that can be programmed to work with different or adjacent zones without the cost and hassle of rewiring.

“The Tri-State Headquarters is a perfect example of the benefits of integrating high-performance LED lighting with a digital control platform,” said Dave Ranieri, Acuity Brands Lighting Vice President and General Manager, Indoor lighting. “Embedded nLight controls and occupancy sensors create a tailored lighting system that sets a precedent for all indoor lighting.”

Visit www.AcuityBrands.com for information about digital lighting and controls solutions integration.


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 Extends Leadership Position with High Lumen LED Downlighting Series from Gotham Architectural Downlighting

November 26, 2012

New Incito series of solid-state luminaires handle a wide range of lighting scenarios with up to 2,000 possible performance combinations.

Acuity Brands continues to demonstrate its innovation leadership with the introduction of the Incito™ LED open downlight series from Gotham Architectural Lighting. Incito is a new series of solid-state luminaires that combine the performance characteristics of multiple light sources and handle a wide array of lighting scenarios.

Incito downlights feature top performance characteristics – lamp life, dimming capability, color, efficacy, and lumen packages – from multiple light sources in a single system, allowing designers to configure luminaires for a variety of ceiling heights from 12- to100-feet. The series also combines long-life LED technology, seamless dimming capabilities and numerous lumen packages, ranging from 2000 to 6500 lumens.

“The design team at Gotham has created a revolutionary LED platform combining the best attributes of quartz, halide and metal light sources for up to 2,000 possible performance combinations,” said Douglas Grove, Gotham Value Stream Leader. “The result is a dramatically increased variety of spaces – from retail stores and restaurants to hotel lobbies and auditorium theaters – that can be illuminated with greater precision and more freedom.”

Incito downlights deliver the energy efficiency and long life of solid-state technology, which results in both energy and maintenance savings over downlights using traditional light sources. It also provides system-wide control because every device in every zone or network is digitally addressable using nLight® technology from Acuity Brands. Incito downlights also offer ultra-smooth dimming capabilities from 100 percent to less than 1 percent standard.

Abundant lumen packages allow Incito downlights to work in many different spaces from atriums to lower corridors. Its diffused lighting, aesthetic appearance and color consistency complement the popular EVO® line of LED downlighting luminaires from Gotham. For more information about LED lighting and controls, please visit Acuity Brands and Gotham on the web.

 


Acuity Brands Launches the ROAMview Lighting Control System, Extending the Company’s ROAM Roadway Technology into Site and Area Lighting

May 14, 2012

The ROAMview system provides property owners and small municipalities the ability to efficiently manage outdoor lighting using a wireless monitoring and control system.   

Introducing the ROAMview™ lighting control system, an expansion of  the Company’s ROAM® suite of industry-leading wireless outdoor lighting monitoring and control systems.  ROAMview features a pre-configured server and software package that can be easily deployed in smaller site, area or roadway applications such as car dealerships, shopping malls and campuses.

The ROAMview system allows property owners and small municipalities to efficiently operate and maintain their outdoor lighting by taking advantage of the optimal lighting performance, energy savings and reduced maintenance costs that the ROAM technology suite offers. With its pre-configured server and gateway, the ROAMview system simply connects to a user’s existing computer network, enabling control and monitoring from any computer within the user’s organization.

The intuitive, browser-based portal provides ease of control for grouping outdoor lighting fixtures, and easily applies customer-defined schedules for precise on/off and dimming.  Events or holidays that require specific lighting patterns are conveniently accommodated in the ROAMview portal’s simple drag-and-drop time-clock scheduling screen.

“With the addition of the ROAMview system to our product line, we can now offer all property owners a powerful suite of capabilities and features similar to those used by large municipalities,” said Terry Utterback, Acuity Brands Lighting Vice President and ROAM Value Stream Leader. “Without trenching a single foot of wire, they can go from circuit-based control to individual fixture control.  The system tracks and reports individual fixture performance, and  reports outages so that they can be quickly addressed.  It eliminates the need for night-time audits, the waste of day-burning lights and the elevated risks associated with lighting outages.”

The ROAMview system is simple to install and commission. Wireless ROAM nodes are installed on each fixture, attaching to an industry-standard NEMA® twist-and-lock receptacle.  As soon as the pre-configured server and gateway are energized, the system can begin to form its self-configuring, self-healing mesh network. It takes only a few hours to set up fixture groups and begin controlling lights.