First Highly Energy-Efficient U.S. Embassy Installs Innovative OLED Luminaire from Acuity Brands

March 19, 2013

U.S. Embassy in Helsinki, Finland installs the Trilia OLED luminaire in its new Innovation Center to showcase the latest in energy-efficient technologies. 

LR-Trilia-OLED-Luminaire-Winona-2OLED lighting from Acuity Brands, is featured in the new Innovation Center at the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki, one of the most energy efficient embassy buildings in the world. The only OLED lighting selected for the project, the Trilia™ OLED luminaire from Winona Lighting, was customized with a unique design for the Embassy conference room. It was an integral part of sustainable building design strategies that will help enable the Embassy to achieve its stringent energy goals of using 38 percent less energy than other buildings of its type. Through these efforts in design, it is on track to be the first Embassy in the world to be certified Platinum under the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard.

The Embassy unveiled its Innovation Center at a public grand opening ceremony on February 26, 2013. The Innovation Center houses the public offices of the U.S. Embassy in Finland and showcases the latest in energy-efficient technologies.

According to the lead lighting designer for the project, Nancy Clanton, President of Clanton and Associates, Inc., “The Trilia OLED luminaire was the perfect OLED solution for the Embassy because of the modular units that allow single luminaires to combine into distinctive, organic patterns. Ideal for the size and height of one of the conference room spaces, the Trilia design emphasizes the thinness of OLEDs while delivering an extremely comfortable and uniform distribution of light.”

“It is an honor for the Trilia OLED luminaire to be selected as one of the most advanced energy-efficient lighting technologies for the U.S. Embassy Innovation Center in Finland,” said Peter Ngai, Vice President Research and Development, Acuity Brands Lighting.

OLED luminaires can be applied in a multitude of ways to provide accent or functional lighting that breaks away from rectangular grid layouts, affording greater design freedom in interior spaces. Trilia OLED luminaires were recently recognized for an advanced level of innovation by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) in the 2012 IES Progress Report.

For more information about OLED lighting solutions from Acuity Brands, please visit www.AcuityBrands.com/OLED.

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Multiple Acuity Brands Lighting Solutions Featured in Award-Winning Architectural Projects

October 26, 2012

Five design projects that received Architectural Lighting magazine’s Ninth Annual Light & Architecture Design Awards incorporated lighting solutions from Acuity Brands. These awards recognize lighting design excellence in residential, interior, exterior, whole building and exhibit lighting applications. Projects featuring Acuity Brands lighting solutions received recognition for outstanding and commendable achievement in the whole building and exterior lighting categories.

An independent panel of judges awarded prizes to the winning projects based on the complexity of the project program and the lighting solutions applied. This year’s panel of judges included renowned lighting professionals who are members of the Illuminating Engineering Society and the International Association of Lighting Designers.

Five of the award-winning designs incorporated Acuity Brands products including Lithonia Lighting®, Hydrel®, Winona® Lighting and Peerless® lighting solutions:

  • The United States Institute of Peace, D.C.: Outstanding Achievement, Whole Building category. Incorporated lighting solutions from Lithonia Lighting.
  • The National September 11 Memorial and Museum, New York: Outstanding Achievement, Exterior Lighting category. Incorporated lighting solutions from Winona Lighting.
  • The Martin Luther King National Memorial, D.C.: Commendable Achievement, Whole Building category. Incorporated lighting solutions from Winona Lighting.
  • The UC Berkeley, School of Law South Addition, Berkeley, Calif.: Commendable Achievement, Whole Building category. Incorporated lighting solutions from Peerless.
  • The Tenley-Friendship Library, D.C.: Commendable Achievement, Whole Building category. Incorporated lighting solutions from Hydrel.

“We would like to congratulate all 2012 Light and Architecture Design Award recipients,” said David Grimm, Acuity Brands Lighting Vice President, Marketing. “We are honored that five of the winning projects incorporated either indoor or outdoor lighting solutions from the Acuity Brands portfolio.”

For more information about the Ninth Annual Light and Architecture Design awards please visit: http://www.archlighting.com/lighting-design/ninth-annual-al-light—architecture-design-awards.aspx.


Acuity Brands Introduces Two New Products that Display Unique Characteristics of OLED Lighting Technology

May 2, 2012

Canvis and Trilia debut at LIGHTFAIR 2012 in Acuity Brands booth #4108. 

At LIGHTFAIR® International 2012 Tradeshow and Conference, Acuity Brands, Inc. is showcasing two new OLED luminaire designs, Canvis™ and Trilia™, which will be offered by Winona Lighting. Both of the new lighting series explore the advanced design and performance capabilities of OLED technology, featuring unique configurations and applications designed to create mood and movement in a space.

The Canvis collection is a series of OLED luminaires featuring luminous surfaces, expressed through multiple shapes. Its angles, curves and movement convey mood while providing serene, volumetric light, offering a wide array of lighting design possibilities. The family includes the Twist, Drape, Screen and Pose and the design enables new dimensions in luminaire design and application.

The Canvis Twist luminaire can dynamically change shape by interacting with building occupants through gestural control. The Twist takes a traditional static visual environment and allows it to become nuanced, dimensional and customizable.

The Trilia luminaires are a collection of modular units that allow designers to shape single luminaires into unique, organic networks to deliver comfortable and uniform distribution of light. Trilia mounts at less than three-and-one-half inches below the ceiling and is suitable for many spatial heights and geometries. As a system, the luminaire can be applied in a multitude of ways to provide accent or functional lighting that breaks away from rectangular grid layouts, affording greater design freedom in interior spaces.

Merging innovative design and control with high quality illumination and energy efficiency, Canvis and Trilia utilize efficient and high-performing OLED panels with efficacies of 60 lumens per Watt. The new OLED luminaires are designed for indoor, ambient applications in both commercial and residential spaces, including healthcare, education, retail, office, hotels, restaurants, public spaces and the home.

“Canvis and Trilia realize the promise of solid-state lighting, where designers can transform the lighted environment, increase energy efficiency, and allow us to savor what light can do,” said Peter Ngai, Acuity Brands Lighting Vice President, Research and Development. “Profound understanding of the user’s experience is an essential underpinning of true design innovation, with technology as an enabler. Our unwavering focus on light’s unique interaction with people drives us to create the best lighting solutions for our customers.”

The Canvis and Trilia OLED luminaires will be on display at the Acuity Brands booth #4108 at LIGHTFAIR® International 2012 Tradeshow and Conference held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas May 9-11, 2012.

Canvis and Trilia complement Acuity Brands’ commercially available Revel™ and Kindred™ OLED luminaires, now offered through its Winona Lighting unit, a leader in custom luminaire design and manufacturing. Product specifications, ordering information and pricing for the Canvis and Trilia families are available upon request.

All Winona Lighting products, including its OLED portfolio, are available through Acuity Brands global sales representatives and authorized distributors.


Winona Lighting Launches Expanded OLED Portfolio at Light+Building 2012

April 2, 2012

Acuity Brands, Inc. is pleased to announce the expansion of the Revel™ and Kindred™ luminaire families from Winona® Lighting. The expanded lines include new size and mounting options, and will be showcased at Light+Building 2012, April 15 – 20 in LG Chem’s booth (hall 4.2, booth G25).

Consistent with the Light+Building 2012 theme of “energy efficiency,” Revel and Kindred luminaires utilize efficient and high performing OLED panels provided by LG Chem, with efficacies of 60 lumens per watt. Both luminaire families provide performance-based lighting solutions designed for indoor ambient and decorative applications.

“The addition of the Revel and Kindred OLED luminaires allows the designer to customize and create unique fixtures that are eco-friendly and energy efficient,” said Peter Ngai, Acuity Brands Lighting Vice President, Research and Development. “The best innovations link technology and design with a profound regard for human interaction. We are pleased to see our visions executed through Winona Lighting, and demonstrate the Company’s commitment to provide the broadest and most diverse traditional and solid-state lighting product portfolio in the industry.”

The contemporary Kindred luminaire is designed to provide a room with individualized canopies of light. Its evocative, iconic shape, especially when mounted in close proximity, promotes a feeling of visual comfort, while its thin profile and gentle curvature create a sense of spacial intimacy. The complete Kindred luminaire series is available in three sizes and multiple mounting options.  It delivers decorative, custom or general lighting solutions and can be used in many types of applications, including office, hospitality, retail, residential and specialty public areas.

The Revel luminaire, inspired by the organic shapes of flowers, is a lighting system that gives designers the freedom to create lighting patterns tailored to their unique application. Its simple, yet elegant and thin, form factor allows designers to augment architectural elements of ceilings and walls while providing high-quality ambient lighting. Now available in several mounting styles, Revel can be applied in a multitude of ways to provide accent or functional lighting that breaks away from rectangular grid layouts.

Revel recently received the Most Innovative Product of the Year award at the 2011 Lightfair® International Trade Show and Conference, and both Revel and Kindred luminaires were accepted in the 2011 IES Progress Report for uniqueness, innovation and significance to the lighting industry.

All Winona Lighting products, including the Revel and Kindred, are available through the Company’s global sales representatives and authorized distributors.

For additional information, please visit the Acuity Brands and Winona Lighting websites.

 


Illuminating Engineering Society Selects 10 Acuity Brands Lighting Products for Annual Progress Report

February 24, 2012

Acuity Brands announced today a total of 10 lighting products, including new LED lamps, luminaires and lighting control software, have been selected by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) to be included in its annual Progress Report. The Progress Report documents significant worldwide developments and achievements in the lighting industry, including new products, applications and design tools.

The innovative and significant new Acuity Brands products selected by IES include:  Acculamp S-Series LED lamp, Lithonia Lighting RTLED indoor ambient LED series luminaire, Gotham Downlighting DLWLED lensed wall wash luminaire, Lithonia Lighting Archway Passage  LED luminaire, Hydrel  8100/8200 Series LED floodlight luminaire, Healthcare Lighting  Surg5 surgical T8 troffer luminaire, Winona  Lighting Winline Submersible 607 LED luminaire, Winona Lighting Revel OLED surface mounted general illumination luminaire, Winona Lighting Kindred OLED linear general illumination luminaire, and SensorSwitch  nLight lighting control system.

“Acceptance in the IES Progress Report is acknowledgement from representatives from leading lighting industry manufacturers and design firms that many of our new products and lighting solutions continue to achieve an advanced level of uniqueness and innovation,” said Rick Earlywine, Acuity Brands Lighting Senior Vice President, Innovation & Technology. “We are proud to be recognized as a leader making significant advancements in lighting.”


Winona Lighting Luminaires Used in NYC’s 9/11 Memorial

September 14, 2011

9/11 MemorialSome 1,500 feet of Winline 607 LED Submersible luminaires by Winona Lighting are part of the National September 11 Memorial at New York’s Ground-Zero site. They illuminate twin reflecting pools that, as part of the architectural design, mark exact footprints of the fallen towers. In addition, Winline 203W Surface Linear Wet luminaires provide illumination to the Names Parapet, a low wall projecting from the edge surrounding the pools where the names of the nearly 3,000 victims are memorialized.

The memorial, part of a permanent tribute called “Reflecting Absence,” was dedicated at a ceremony held on September 11, 2011, commemorating the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Read more about the project here.