Acuity Brands, Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia USA, has launched the new BLT Series Tunable White Luminaire from Lithonia Lighting®. The new BLT Series Tunable White Luminaire allows easy adjustment of both the light level and color temperature to the optimal settings for student tasks such as reading or test-taking. As the company’s newest Mainstream Dynamic system offering from Acuity Brands, the company says that the BLT Tunable White Luminaire uses the nTune(TM) technology from Acuity Controls. nTune technology can digitally control the color temperature and intensity of luminaires.
“Research supports the concept that lighting can have a positive effect on learning and attention. Our tunable white solution is perfect in classroom settings as it allows teachers to create task-specific lighting effects at the touch of a button,” said Tricia Foster, director, Education Market Development, Acuity Brands Lighting. “BLT Series luminaires with nTune technology enable lighting adaptability in an elegantly simple, plug and play platform that is priced favorably for the education market.”
The fully integrated BLT Tunable White system with nTune technology includes a full line of nLight wall stations which have optional pre-set wall pods available with four default productivity settings for support of common learning environments.
The four productivity color temperature presets are: Collaboration (General Task): (4200K) cool that offers crisp light which is ideal for working together; Visual Acuity (Reading): (3000K) warm color that can help improve visual acuity; Mental Acuity (Test Taking): (3500K) offers neutral, non-distracting color temperature of white light; and Renew (Energy Up): (5000K) delivers cooler, refreshing light to help combat afternoon fatigue.
The new system with nTune technology also supports full tunable white programming for custom applications with the SensorView(TM), a web-based suite of remote configuration and monitoring tools from Acuity Controls. The system can provide color temperature ranging from 3000K to 5000K that can be pre-set or custom-created for a range of applications and options. Acuity says that users can control both color and intensity in the field, and they are easily reconfigurable.
“nTune technology enables native control of lighting color temperature on the same nLight network that manages motion detection, daylight harvesting and dimming,” said David Ciccarelli, VP, Product Development, Acuity Controls. “We’re bringing tunable white lighting control into the mainstream with reliable networks and desirable luminaire forms, so that designers and facility operators can tie lighting settings to specific activities and provide lighting that complements colors and materials within a visual environment.”
In addition to Tunable White, the system can provide Warm Dimming, which can recreate warm color shift of that results from dimming halogen sources; and, Color Changing, which employs the classic dynamic color changing lighting effects often seen in theatrical of themed settings and makes them available for commercial applications.
Acuity Brands is demonstrating the BLT Series Tunable White Luminaires (Booth #3217) at LIGHTFAIR® International, May 26-28, at the San Diego Convention Center.