Peerless enters direct ambient market with Peerless Mino LED luminaires

June 20, 2012
Date Announced: 20 Jun 2012 New 2’ x 2’ luminaires offer energy efficiency, comfortable optics and modern aesthetics. ATLANTA – Acuity Brands, Inc. is delivering high quality direct ambient LED lighting with an architectural focus through its new product Peerless® Mino by Peerless Lighting. A suite of three distinctive 2’ x 2’ direct ambient LED luminaires, Peerless Mino luminaires mark the initial entry of Peerless into the direct ambient LED market. “Our Peerless Mino product features the same quality optics that have long been hallmarks of our indirect luminaires,” said Meggan Kessler, Peerless General Manager. “In surveying the market, we saw that the accelerated integration of LEDs into architectural recessed luminaires was taking priority over visual comfort. With Peerless Mino, we’ve bridged this gap and proved LED lighting can be as kind-to-the-eyes as it is energy efficient.”The Peerless Mino luminaires – Recessed, Surface and Pendant – deliver energy efficiency, quality optics, advanced engineering, controls compatibility and application flexibility in a stylish, contemporary form. The luminaires are ideal for use in open and private offices, retail stores, hotels, schools and other interior environments. Inspired in part by modern abstract paintings of the late 20th-century, Peerless Mino luminaires embody the same dynamic interplay of positive and negative space found in these works. Subtle gradient shadowing appears along the perimeter of the Peerless Mino lens surface when illuminated. As Peerless Mino luminaires are viewed from different angles, these sophisticated abstractions shift in appearance, adding drama and distinction.Featuring a dimmable, modular and easily upgradeable LED light engine, Peerless Mino luminaires have been engineered to achieve uniform color consistency within 2.5 MacAdam ellipses, while delivering L80 performance for an expected 50,000 hours (12 to 15 years assuming typical usage patterns)*. Compared to typical 2’ x 2’ fluorescent troffers, Peerless Mino luminaires are approximately 25 percent more efficient, initially delivering 93 lumens per watt. In a 60’ x 40’ open office, Peerless Mino luminaires spaced 8’ by 8’ on center generate 39 foot candles of illuminance on a 2.5’ work surface, while consuming a frugal .62 watts per square foot. With this kind of operational efficiency, commissioning Peerless Mino luminaires may contribute toward a building qualifying for the LEED® green building certification program. The luminaires in the Peerless Mino suite are specifiable as nLight® enabled for additional energy savings opportunities. In the Peerless Mino Recessed model, an optional built-in nLight module allows for easy Cat-5 “plug-and-play” connectivity with nLight control and sensor systems. A stand-alone Sensor Switch® nLight module can be ordered, for installation above ceilings or inside walls, in connection with the Peerless Mino Surface and Pendant models. With the nLight module option, a digital lumen management feature can also be specified to maintain constant lumen output, extend the longevity of the LED diodes and achieve additional energy savings of approximately 10 percent over the luminaire’s lifetime.The Peerless Mino Recessed luminaire installs seamlessly into 2’ x 2’ T-grid or screw slot grid ceilings and is also well suited for use in hard-surface applications. The Peerless Mino Surface luminaire is designed for installation into hard-surface ceilings and walls. The Peerless Mino Pendant luminaire can be suspended from all ceiling types.Peerless Mino luminaires are IES LM-79 tested, CSA/CUS listed, FCC certified, DesignLights™ Consortium qualified, and feature a Lighting Facts® label under a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.All Peerless luminaires, including Peerless Mino, are available nationally through Acuity Brands sales representatives and authorized distributors. For additional information, please visit the Acuity Brands and Peerless websites.* Actual performance may differ as a result of end-user environment and application.About Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI)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 Lighting®, Holophane®, Peerless®, Gotham®, Mark Architectural Lighting™, Winona® Lighting, 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, and Acculamp®.

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