DC2DC Architecture Enhances the Efficiency of LED Lighting Solutions by Eliminating the Need and Cost to Convert AC to DC Power at Luminaire

ATLANTA, APRIL 24 – Acuity Brands, Inc. announced today the launch of its DC2DC architecture, a distributed low-voltage DC power and digital controls platform. The architecture eliminates the need to convert AC to DC power at the luminaire, resulting in efficiency gains and increased reliability of the lighting system, leading to reduced maintenance and operation costs.  

The platform relies on Class 2 cabling to provide power and communications to each luminaire, eliminating conduit, junction boxes, and power packs, while providing greater lighting controls design flexibility with individually addressable luminaires. The DC2DC architecture can also facilitate direct connection to renewable energy sources, supporting buildings converting to more carbon-friendly electric systems.  

The DC2DC architecture is ideal for new construction spaces like classrooms, where both energy efficiency and occupant comfort and well-being are critical factors. It allows for up to 16 lighting zones or up to 8 lighting zones with tunable white, which promotes an intellectually stimulating and comfortable environment, aligned with key classroom activities.

Energizes lighting design for student and teacher well-being.  

The DC2DC architecture’s control cabling and DC powered LED drivers provide native support for tunable white applications enabling the creation of scenes and modes that can be aligned with key activities during the day. 

Empowers flexible lighting control design and “flex space” configuration. 

Luminaires can be individually controlled or grouped in zones, and installation time can be further reduced by leveraging embedded occupancy and daylight sensors within luminaires. Classroom spaces can be reconfigured, and lighting control zones customized, without the need and cost of rewiring. 

Reduces materials and installation hours and facilitates maintenance. 

Utilization of Class 2 low voltage DC wiring eliminates the need for power packs, junction boxes, and conduit to luminaires, providing reductions of both materials and related installation hours, and contributing to a reduction in construction carbon footprint. The DCHUB is a single point of AC to DC power conversion and luminaire control interface, reducing points of maintenance. 

Integrates for a unified building approach. 

The DC2DC architecture can be used within a hybrid implementation of DC and AC powered lighting systems within one building. It is part of a unified platform through nLight networked controls, enabling building-wide control and lighting strategies.  

Learn more about DC2DC architecture on our site.

Also, join us on May 18th at 2 PM EST / 11 AM PST for a live webinar with CEU “The Power of DC for Lighting Systems,” with Michael Montgomery, VP Sales, Applied Technology Solutions, Acuity Brands. Register now.

About Acuity Brands 

Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) is a market-leading industrial technology company. We use technology to solve problems in spaces and light. Through our two business segments, Acuity Brands Lighting and Controls and the Intelligent Spaces Group, we design, manufacture, and bring to market products and services that make the world more brilliant, productive, and connected. We achieve growth through the development of innovative new products and services, including lighting, lighting controls, building management systems, and location-aware applications. 

Acuity Brands, Inc. is based in Atlanta, Georgia, with operations across North America, Europe, and Asia. The Company is powered by over 13,000 dedicated and talented associates. Visit us at www.acuitybrands.com. 

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