Acuity Brands, Inc : Acquires eldoLED

Thu Mar 14, 2013 8:00am EDT

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Acuity Brands Acquires eldoLED, a World Leading Designer and Manufacturer 
of Intelligent Drive Solutions for LED-based Lighting

ATLANTA - March 14, 2013 - Acuity Brands, Inc . (NYSE: AYI), a market
leader in innovative energy-efficient lighting and controls solutions, today announced it has
acquired eldoLAB Holding B.V. , ("eldoLED"), a leader in the design and
manufacture of high-performance, intelligent drivers for LED-based lighting systems. Founded in
2003, eldoLED is a privately owned company headquartered in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Terms of
the acquisition were not disclosed. 

eldoLED intelligent drive solutions are accelerating the LED transformation by delivering the
promise of smarter, sleeker and more efficient lighting solutions. eldoLED offers a wide range of
readily available LED drivers using state-of-the-art drive, networking and control architectures,
providing full-range dimming for white LED and dynamic color solutions for RGB effect lighting. 
eldoLED also develops customized and design-in solutions for its worldwide customer base of
leading OEM lighting manufacturers, including Acuity Brands.  Proprietary digital technologies
provide eldoLED drivers with advanced capabilities such as flicker-free dimming to off, optimum
power efficiency, configurability, and robust thermal management in a small footprint. 

"eldoLED has developed and continues to develop breakthrough solutions in the field of solid-state
lighting through its comprehensive offering of driver, controls and networking solutions," said
Vernon J. Nagel, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Acuity Brands. "As we have
discovered first-hand, its best-in-class drivers provide exceptional, smooth dimming and
consistent color and brightness. In addition, the ability of eldoLED driver technology to
integrate with all types of solid-state lighting applications and communicate with lighting
controls systems aligns well with Acuity Brands' mission of providing superior integrated lighting

The core of the eldoLED product architecture is firmware that allows a single driver to flexibly
deliver a wide range of current and voltage outputs to optimize LED fixture operation, as well as
enabling simple communication with a variety of sensors. And when integration with an external
control system is needed, the eldoLED driver architecture interfaces seamlessly across
industry-standard protocols, such as the global standards 0-10V and DALI or the theatrical
lighting standard DMX with RDM. 

"Our focus is to create cutting-edge technology solutions that enable our customers to bring
next-generation, high-power LED products to market," said Albert Berghuis, Director and General
Manager, eldoLED. "We've had the pleasure of partnering with Acuity Brands on several LED fixtures
across its Gotham(R), Mark Architectural Lighting(TM) and Winona(R) Lighting brands. And now we
look forward to joining the Acuity Brands family and utilizing its significant resources to
further accelerate the delivery of superior driver solutions for all of our OEM customers,
including Acuity Brands, in order to maximize the potential of solid-state lighting."

eldoLED will continue to focus on providing superior intelligent drive solutions to service its
growing list of global OEM customers. 

For more information on eldoLED please visit  or . 

The acquisition is not expected to materially impact Acuity Brands' fiscal 2013 consolidated
financial performance. 

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 2012 net sales of
over $1.9 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 Lighting(R), Holophane(R),
Peerless(R), Gotham(R), Mark Architectural Lighting(TM), Winona(R) Lighting, Healthcare
Lighting(R), Hydrel(R), American Electric Lighting(R), Carandini(R), Antique Street Lamps(TM),
Tersen(R), Sunoptics(R), Sensor Switch(R), Lighting Control & Design(TM), Synergy(R) Lighting
Controls, Pathway Connectivity(TM), Dark to Light(R), ROAM(R), RELOC(R) Wiring Solutions, and

Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the federal securities
laws. Statements that may be considered forward-looking include statements incorporating terms
such as "will," "expects," "believes," "intends," "anticipates," "may," and similar terms that
relate to future events, performance, or results of the Company. Specific forward-looking
statement made in this press release includes the continuing development of breakthrough solutions
in the field of solid-state lighting. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and
uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations or
projections expressed in the forward-looking statements. Further, forward-looking statements speak
only as of the date they are made, and management undertakes no obligation to update publicly any
of them in light of new information or future events.

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