Atlanta-based Acuity Brands, a provider of energy-efficient lighting & control solutions, made a cash purchase of Horizon Control Inc., a lighting control research & development company specializing in PC-based lighting control systems. For 15+ years, Horizon Control and its management team have developed and licensed products to the entertainment and architectural lighting control markets. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Professional lighting designers and integrators use Horizon Control technology in lighting control consoles worldwide for theaters, theme parks, convention centers, hotels, museums, cruise ships, and other public spaces.

“The rapid expansion of LED lighting and other emerging technologies makes integrated lighting control increasingly pivotal in our ability to deliver high-quality, customer-focused solutions,” said Vernon J. Nagel, Chairman, President and CEO of Acuity Brands. “We are excited to bring this talented and proven development team onboard to accelerate the company’s ability to deliver superior products to the market” Nagel stated.

“We are thrilled to have joined the Acuity Brands team,” added Dr. Alan Martello, founder of Horizon Control. “Our extensive background in lighting control combined with the talents and resources within Acuity Brands creates a synergy that enables us to deliver advanced products providing a superior customer experience.”

The entire Horizon Control team has joined Acuity Brands, notably, Dr. Martello; Dr. Philip Nye, former Chief Engineer at DHA Lighting and principal of Engineering Arts; Robert Bell, founder of CAST Lighting; and Wally Russell, who has won an award for his contribution to lighting control visualization systems.