Acuity Brands, Inc : Sensor Switch Launches nWiFi Wireless Solution for nLIGHT Network Lighting Control System

Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:41am EDT

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Standards-based suite of WiFi-enabled products for nLiGHT devices expands applications, further simplifies installation and reduces hardware costs.  

ATLANTA - April 16, 2012 - Acuity Brands, Inc., (NYSE: AYI; "Company"), a market leader in innovation energy-efficient lighting and control solutions, is pleased to announce the addition of wireless capabilities to its award-winning nLiGHTR network lighting control technology.  The nWiFi(TM) solution from Sensor SwitchR 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 LightingR -- 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.  

About Acuity Brands
Acuity Brands, Inc. is a North American market leader and one of the world's leading providers of lighting solutions for both indoor and outdoor applications. With fiscal year 2011 net sales of $1.8 billion, Acuity Brands employs approximately 6,000 associates and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with operations throughout North America, and in Europe and Asia. The company's lighting solutions are sold under various brands, including Lithonia LightingR , HolophaneR , PeerlessR , GothamR , Mark Architectural Lighting(TM), WinonaR Lighting, Healthcare LightingR , HydrelR , American Electric LightingR , CarandiniR , Antique Street Lamps(TM), TersenR , SunopticsR , Sensor SwitchR , Lighting Control & Design(TM), SynergyR Lighting Controls, Pathway Connectivity(TM), Dark to LightR , ROAMR , RELOCR Wiring Solutions, and AcculampR .

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