College and University Lighting

Higher education campuses are veritable cities, and university lighting needs span from classrooms and lecture halls to dormitories, offices and even streetlights.

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College Lighting Solutions for Success

Providing the best environment for student success and the best atmosphere for student living are key priorities for a college campus. The right lighting can enhance students’ feelings of safety and aid them in performing varied tasks, and studies have shown it can even boost learning and classroom engagement. Acuity Brands has university and college lighting solutions for every need from small classrooms to large auditoriums, from student dormitories to staff offices, from libraries to gymnasiums, and from parking garages to campus streets.


Cut Energy Costs for Campus Lighting

Energy can be a huge cost on a university campus, with lighting making up a major portion of that expense. Acuity Brands has helped colleges and universities reduce energy consumption as much as 40% to 90% in specific applications. Our array of indoor and outdoor luminaires and controls provides cost-effective, energy-efficient university lighting solutions.

Our solutions for college campus lighting include:

  • Energy-efficient LED lighting with integrated controls
  • Tunable white lighting options for classrooms
  • Long-life outdoor lighting for less maintenance
  • Complete building management controls options

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College and University Resources

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U of I ECE Building Case Study
Smart and Connected Campuses: Graduate to the Next Level
MIT Library: Unique LED Downlights Revive Classic Architecture
University of Minnesota: One of the Nation’s Largest Public Universities Saves 90% on Energy with LED

Featured Products

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Bruno LED’s pure rectangular form has been inspired by minimalist master Mies van der Rohe and created following his philosophy of Less is More. Less adornment. More advancement. Less excess. More excellence.

Cerra 10

A classic design available in LED, the Cerra 10 LED is an architectural suspended luminaire delivering high-quality and visually comfortable illumination.


Mark Architectural Lighting™
The SLOT LED family combines modern aesthetic elegance with unequalled performance and energy efficiency, design flexibility, seamless controls integration, and the service and support of an industry leader.

nLight AIR

Acuity Controls™
nLight Air is a secure, high-performance wireless platform designed for integration into various lighting controls applications that seamlessly connect both indoor and outdoor lighting systems to Smart Building Ready solutions.

Unified Building Control

Distech Controls™
Wouldn't it be Easier if your HVAC and lighting systems worked together, in harmony?

College and University Applications

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Smart lighting solutions can be a valuable tool in the modern classroom — saving energy and enhancing the learning environment.
Lighting solutions that support the multiuse nature of school libraries — from quiet reading to group collaboration — win here.
Corridor & Stairwell
Glare-free lighting with even, shadow-free distribution helps make corridors a comfortable path between classes.              
Gym solutions combine user-friendly controls with efficient but rugged luminaires, able to withstand whatever gets thrown at them.
Luminaires with an integrated control system deliver a flexible solution that can be as simple or dramatic as need be.
Solutions with networked controls that can optimize energy use and easily change effects meet both practical and aesthetic needs.
Total Building Management
Our smart platform leverages the internet of things to unify, control and monitor building systems and analyze performance.
Student housing solutions combine lighting that’s rugged enough to stand the test of time with controls to reduce energy use.
Luminaires and controls designed and certified to operate safely in a wet and warm environment provide the ideal pool solution.

A: Lighting that is uniformly distributed, without hot spots and dark areas, allows everyone to see better at night. Well-lit areas present a less enticing target to would-be thieves and vandals, especially when combined with security cameras that can capture clearer imagery of illuminated areas. Another factor to consider is the color rendering (CRI) of the lighting. Lighting with a high CRI will allow you – and the security cameras – to see color more accurately. It’s important to note that use of controls to dim the lighting when no motion is detected can allow you to minimize energy consumption while still providing a well-lit nighttime environment when people are present.

A: People feel safer when they can see the area around them clearly. The closer this visual acuity can be to daylight viewing, the better! This can be accomplished by delivering bright and evenly distributed lighting with accurate color rendering. Avoid outdoor lighting that creates deep areas of shadows or casts everything in a yellow light.

A: Create a nighttime environment that discourages crimes like theft, vandalism and personal attacks by brightly illuminating all public areas. How can you do this without increasing your energy consumption? Choose efficient LED light fixtures and incorporate controls that dim the lighting until presence is detected, and then dim again when the area becomes vacant. LEDs provide the added benefit of a long useful life, avoiding dark patches due to “burnt out” lights and reducing maintenance costs.

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