Acuity Brands' AutoConnect: Lighting the Gap between Dusk to Dawn and Networked Lighting Controls


Bill Gadberry, CSP

Account Manager

August 7, 2023

Acuity Brands' AutoConnect: Lighting the Gap between Dusk to Dawn and Networked Lighting Controls

In the realm of lighting solutions, Acuity Brands has established itself as an industry leader with its innovative products. One of their most remarkable offerings is the newly released AutoConnect product line.This cutting-edge smart lighting solution combines advanced technology with user-friendly features to provide a seamless experience for both installers and end-users.  Below are some of the standout features of the AutoConnect product line and why it needs to be the next step you take in asset management.

Local Connect Function

  • The AutoConnect product line incorporates a unique local connect function, which allows you to connect to the fixtures via Bluetooth and take advantage of many of the desirable features a fully networked system offers at a fraction of the cost. 
  • The local connect function facilitates efficient communication and coordination among luminaires, enabling them to work in harmony and respond intelligently to changing lighting conditions.

DC Connect Features

  • The AutoConnect product line offers a newly developed, embedded DC photocontrol powered off the DALI bus for improved reliability. 
  • The DC powered photocell reduces failure points commonly found in AC powered photocells. 
  • The embedded photocontrol removes the risk of improperly installing your photocell. 

DALI D4i Driver

  • AutoConnect luminaires are equipped with DALI (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) D4i drivers.
  • DALI is an internationally recognized standard for lighting control, enabling seamless integration with various lighting control systems.
  • With DALI D4i drivers, users can easily control and adjust the lighting levels, store valuable asset information, allow for energy management and provide valuable insights into lighting usage. 
  • DALI futureproofs your fixture and allows for additional devices to be powered off your streetlight in the future

Utility-Friendly Pushbutton Latch

  • AcuityBrands has prioritized the ease of installation and maintenance in the AutoConnect product line.
  • One standout feature is the linemen-friendly push button door latch. This user-friendly design eliminates the need for special tools and complicated procedures.
  • Linemen can effortlessly access the interior of the luminaires, simplifying maintenance tasks and reducing downtime.

Traditional Cobrahead Style Look with Next Gen Light Engines and Optics

  • While the AutoConnect product line boasts advanced technology and features, it doesn't compromise on aesthetics.
  • The luminaires in this line exhibit a classic cobrahead style look, reminiscent of traditional street lighting fixtures while incorporating new light engines and optics that can reach up to 175LPW.
  • By combining functionality with timeless aesthetics, Acuity Brands has created alighting solution that enhances both form and function.

Acuity Brands' AutoConnect product line is a testament to the company's commitment to innovation, user-friendliness, and superior design.With features such as the local connect function, DALI drivers, DC connect capabilities, linemen-friendly pushbutton latch, and traditional cobrahead style look, this lighting solution revolutionizes the way we approach lighting installations.

 The AutoConnect product line offers the most complete solution whether you’re looking to simplify your installation and reduce inventory with the DC Connect’s embedded photocell; or if you’re not quite ready for the cost of a fully networked lighting controls system but want to take advantage of the advanced lighting technology and asset management solution.

This article was a joint effort authored by Bill Gadberry, CSP and Rick Brethorst, CPMR.

Acuity Brands' AutoConnect: Lighting the Gap between Dusk to Dawn and Networked Lighting Controls

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Bill Gadberry, CSP

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