Architectural lighting pioneer Gotham celebrates 75th anniversary

April 24, 2013
Date Announced: 24 Apr 2013 From electric lamps to LED technology, Gotham continues its tradition as a leader in architectural downlighting. ATLANTA – For 75 years, Gotham has thrived as one of the most respected names in architectural lighting. In 1938, Harry Gerstel, a devotee of well-known architect and lighting pioneer Richard Kelly, founded Gotham® architectural downlighting in New York City. Since its beginning, Gotham heritage has made a commitment to product leadership and breakthroughs in downlighting. Today, the company continues to enhance its product leadership with the latest innovations in LED downlighting.Early Gotham lighting installations include architectural classics such as the Seagram's Building, Lever House, McGraw Hill and the CBS building in New York City. Throughout the years, Gotham has consistently improved performance and aesthetic appeal of wallwash and downlighting, making significant investments in product design and innovation."For more than 75 years, Gotham has stayed true to our founding principles of product development, helping to bring life and emotion to architectural spaces,” said Douglas Grove, Acuity Brands Lighting Vice President and Gotham Value Stream Leader. “With this historical knowledge of the art of lighting and in-depth understanding of science and technology, we are focused on continued development of these luminaires, while addressing today's challenges of energy and sustainability.”Today, as always, Gotham focuses on architectural integration, optical performance, reliability and innovative manufacturing processes. Its innovative products span conventional and LED lighting sources in a variety of open and lensed downlights, directional downlights, pendant, shower, wall wash, decorative and retrofit luminaires. Acuity Brands will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Gotham at LIGHTFAIR® International at booth #801 from April 23 – 25, 2013. You can also visit or to learn more about Gotham lighting solutions.About Acuity BrandsAcuity 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®, Holophane®, Peerless®, Gotham®, Mark Architectural Lighting™, Winona®, Healthcare Lighting®, Hydrel®, American Electric Lighting®, Carandini®, Antique Street Lamps™, Tersen®, Sunoptics®, Sensor Switch®, Lighting Control & Design™, Synergy® Lighting Controls, Pathway Connectivity™, Dark to Light®, ROAM®, RELOC® Wiring Solutions, Acculamp® and eldoLED®. # # #

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