Acuity Brands and SmartThings to Present Smarter Lighting Innovations at the Samsung Developer Conference

October 23, 2019

Innovations for the Residential Space from the Acuity Design Studio in Atlanta, Georgia

Technology for the residential space is evolving rapidly for customers seeking to connect the disparate technologies in their homes. The Acuity Design Studio, a collaboration space out for Samsung’s SmartThings and Acuity Brands, is taking their innovations to the Samsung Developer Conference (“SDC19”).

Visitors to the AI/IoT booth at SDC19 can test drive how customers will be able to connect and control compatible lighting fixtures from Acuity Brands directly from their SmartThings mobile app. But, what’s so different from the way you’ve connected in the past? That customers will be able to natively connect without having to purchase a bridge or adapter.

“Our collaboration with SmartThings blends their home controls experience and market penetration with our established smart lighting expertise,” said Yan Rodriguez, Vice President - Acuity Design Studio, Acuity Brands Lighting.

“Lighting is one of the most powerful use cases for smart home customers, and continuing to develop these controls and device access points allows us to provide our users with greater utility in their devices,” said Ralf Elias, Vice President of IoT and Global Business Development & Partnerships at Samsung Electronics.

At the conference, Jeff Spencer and Yan Rodriguez, Acuity Brands leaders for the alliance, will be participating in a joint panel with SmartThings to discuss how IoT can help businesses grow. Representatives from the combined teams will also be available at the SmartThings booth, located within the partner exhibition area.

About SDC 19





  • Location & Date: San Jose, CA Convention Center, October 29-30, 2019

  • Acuity Location: AI/IoT booth with an “Acuity Brands” sign over our area

About Jeff Spencer

VP and General Manager, Residential and Light Commercial








Jeff Spencer leads the residential business unit of Acuity Brands, owning the chief responsibility for executing growth strategies to achieve company revenue and market share goals. His recent successes include the new Juno AI platform co-developed with Amazon and the Acuity Design Center with Samsung’s SmartThings division.

Jeff has 28 years of industry experience in commercial and residential lighting, holding several key leadership positions from project to chief engineer, business unit manager and several sales, marketing and product development roles. He holds several patents for lighting innovations, resulting in featured articles and research within industry publications, and speaking engagements at major trade shows.

His previous experience includes management and engineering leadership positions at Schneider Electric, Emerson Electric Company and Lawson Products.  Jeff earned a Master of Business Administration from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois.

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