Acuity Brands, Conyers, Ga., is continuing to acquire companies to build on its core competencies as a total solution provider in the lighting market. The company announced on Aug. 16 that it has acquired Horizon Control Inc., Gainesville, Ga., a lighting control research and development company specializing in PC-based lighting control systems. 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 numerous other public spaces.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Horizon Control adds architectural and entertainment expertise to Acuity's existing lighting control offerings, which include brands such as Sensor Switch, Lighting Control & Design, Synergy, Simply5, Roam, nLight and Dark to Light.

Acuity is approaching lighting control as a key competency needed to make the most of emerging solid-state lighting technologies that depend on control to deliver maximum benefits. Acuity said it's looking to Horizon Control as much for its development expertise as for its existing market presence.