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.


Smart Car + Smart Lighting = Happy Designer!

May 24, 2011

Congratulations to Suzanne Branch of LuM Lighting Design Consulting in Dallas, Texas. Suzanne won the brand new smart USA 2011 smart fortwo passion coupe, courtesy of Acuity Brands! The car was given away at the LIGHTFAIR International trade show and conference last week. More than 750 people qualified for a chance to win the car by visiting all Acuity Brands booths. See a photo of happy Suzanne in her new car here!


New Outdoor LED Lights up Commercial Facilities

January 19, 2011

The OLW14, a new Lithonia Lighting LED

The energy-saving promise of LED lighting is now available in a contemporary, lightweight design for commercial properties, thanks to Lithonia Lighting’s OLW14 LED fixture. The integrated design of the OLW14 (outdoor LED wallpack) provides superior optics and delivers bright, uniform illumination exactly where you need it. It’s ideal for lighting building facades, parking areas, walkways, garages and outdoor spaces that require added safety and security.

The OLW14 LED uses only 26 input watts, requiring less energy than traditional light sources. The LEDs last 50,000 hours, meaning the fixture is virtually maintenance-free for more than 10 years. It has a fully adjustable dusk-to-dawn, on/off photocell for even more energy savings, and can be surface- or recess-mounted.


Acuity Brands Supports Green Schoolhouse Series

November 16, 2010

Creating sustainable and healthier learning environments for children and improving teaching environments for instructors is the goal behind The Green Schoolhouse Series from Acuity Brands. The company has pledged major funding and in-kind contributions to help build two highly modernized and sustainable schoolhouses in the City of Phoenix.

The objective of The Green Schoolhouse Series is to achieve USGBC LEED-Platinum certification in each of the schools. Currently, there are no LEED-Platinum Certified K-12 schools built or under construction in Arizona. Solar, day lighting, acoustics, energy-efficient HVAC systems, earth-friendly wall systems and flooring, zero-VOC paints, drought-tolerant landscaping, motion detectors, and energy management systems create a “green” educational learning environment. The sustainable design, products, and components are expected to help achieve net-zero energy, resulting in no additional electricity costs.

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Universal Display, Acuity Brands Pair Up on PHOLED Lighting Project

November 2, 2010

Development of an energy-efficient and color-tunable phosphorescent organic LED (OLED) lighting system is the plan behind a joint effort of Acuity Brands and Universal Display Corporation, the company enabling energy-efficient displays and lighting with its UniversalPHOLED™ technology and materials.

U.S. Dept. of EnergyThe project is made possible under a $2 million, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III Xlerator grant. The objective of the collaboration is to accelerate market introduction of OLED lighting for high-end commercial and institutional applications.

The companies will build on the significant advances in Universal Display’s PHOLED panel performance achieved in prior phases of the SBIR program. Acuity Brands will design and fabricate general-purpose lighting system prototypes targeted for high-end commercial spaces, including office, retail and health-care buildings, to take advantage of several key attributes of OLEDs (including a thin, sleek form factor and exquisite quality of light).

In addition, the system will offer highly-efficient white light that can be tuned across a range of color temperatures by using Universal Display’s proprietary architecture and high-efficiency PHOLED panels. The ability to adjust the color of white light in a single OLED panel adds flexibility and refinement to lighting environments. This functionality is neither feasible nor practical when using traditional light sources such as incandescent or fluorescent.

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City of Rock Falls, IL, Goes Green with LED Lighting, Pole System

October 29, 2010
Utility Tear Drop LED

Utility Tear Drop LED

A pilot outdoor LED lighting and revitalization project in Rock Falls, Illinois, is using the Holophane® brand of luminaires and its innovative SiteLink® pole system. The City also will be using photocontrols from Acuity Brands’ DTL® controls, which save energy and reduce utility replacement costs.

Focusing initially on the City Hall parking lot, Rock Falls’ objective eventually is to revitalize the entire downtown area. The LED lighting will increase energy efficiency, improve overall quality oflight and reduce overall maintenance costs.

The City selected the Holophane Esplanade® 150-watt Utility Tear Drop LED luminaires mounted on SiteLink SL5 poles and North Yorkshire style decorative pole bases to satisfy its lighting and aesthetics criteria.

Rock Falls, located in Whiteside County, Illinois, was founded in 1867.


FAMU Improves Safety, Sustainability with LED+Controls

October 27, 2010

A significant outdoor LED lighting project under way at Florida A&M University (“FAMU”) integrates Holophane® luminaires and ROAM® wireless controls from Acuity Brands. The goal: bring energy savings, sustainability and high-quality, uniform outdoor lighting to the Florida A&M University campus.ROAM

Holophane's Granville

Holophane's Granville

The University started electrical service upgrades in July of this year across the entire campus, which comprises 156 buildings spread over 422 acres in Tallahassee, Florida. The project includes an upgrade to campus amenity lighting with the installation of more than 750 new Holophane GranVille® luminaires and Holophane Oslow style decorative posts.

Many of the newly installed GranVille luminaires utilize highly efficient light-emitting diodes (LED) as their source technology. The upgrade will include the use of the ROAM control system, wirelessly interconnecting the entire outdoor lighting system on campus.

Holophane has been a recognized leader in high-quality and lowest-total-cost lighting solutions for commercial, industrial, emergency and outdoor applications for more than 110 years. ROAM is an Acuity Brands award winning lighting control and monitoring system that minimizes total life-cycle cost, while enhancing safety and sustainability.