Designer Luncheon: Fa-La-La-In-Love with Architectural Lighting by Acuity Brands

Last week, on December 12th, we hosted our final luncheon of 2018! Can you believe this was our 5th one?! This Holiday Edition Designer Luncheon featured the architectural lines from Acuity Brands with guest speakers Susie Brown and Guy Rojo, both West Regional Specification Sales Managers, at The Patio Marketplace at Axiom in the UTC La Jolla area.

Along with all the festive decorations and candy cane favors, we continued the tradition of inviting our guests to get into the holiday spirit by donating canned goods to contribute to our Annual Food Drive to benefit the Jacob and Cushman’s Food Bank.

Susie Brown began the presentation off with the Chisel by Mark Lighting. Mark Lighting, known for high-performance architectural solutions, has continued to expand their offerings. With the multiple sizes, various patterns and textures, and the ability to specify the directional gradients, Chisel is the perfect fixture to use when looking to add an extra design element. It’s ideal for offices, classrooms, and medical spaces with grid ceilings. In addition, the Chisel has tunable white capabilities and can be programmed with nLight controls to mimic natural daylight and circadian rhythm patterns.

Another new product that was introduced was the Indy L-Series Low Profile recessed downlight. The L Series has a lot going for it already with exceptional efficacy of 128 lumens per watt, patent-pending hyperbolic reflectors with a 45-degree visual cutoff, field-replaceable reflectors, and future-proof design with maintenance from below capabilities. But now you can get it with a 2” plenum clearance, making it possible to use in projects with minimal ceiling space! And since it’s available in output packages up to 4800 lumens, Indy delivers on a very versatile luminaire.

The team also exhibited the new EVO Special Applications Series by Gotham lighting has expanded on their line of special application downlights. In addition to their non-conductive shower downlights, Gotham now offers Evo specially engineered for surgical suites, MRI, patient rooms, clean rooms, and food service. They also thought of projects needing more dynamic elements the Evo Architainment Color. With DMX control this Evo provides saturated and pastel dynamic RGBW color changing options. Now projects that desire a themed look can achieve it without breaking the budget on expensive theatrical lighting.

Finally, we were “teased” with a pending launch of a brand new series from Peerless Lighting called Venue!  Specifically crafted for open and deconstructed ceilings, the Peerless Venue defines spaces where people gather, collaborate and thrive!  Be on the lookout for an announcement for a special San Diego launch event for this unique product family from Peerless in early 2019!

Four lucky customers who participated in giving were randomly selected in our raffle and received Visa gift cards and SDLA Yeti Tumblers! Congrats to Herbert Cheung and Erik Sadlicki of Dersch Design & Engineering, Jocelyn Zepeda of Misean Inc., and Cait Marolf of Ware Malcomb San Diego.

Make sure to mark your calendars for our upcoming events. 2019 is going to be filled with more product launches, SDLA Academy courses, AIA CEUS, Manufacturer Visits and of course Designer Luncheons with some of our New and Legacy manufacturers. Keep an eye out for more information on our Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn, or contact Amanda Ivko at for more information.

Meet the Team: Rod Equihua

How much do you know about our quiet, inside specification sales applications specialist, Rod Equihua? This dad of three loves being a family man and spending time at home with his crew when he’s not working up lighting layouts for clients! Rod loves playing soccer and whipping up anything you can find in the sea, like a California sushi roll or his specialty “Ceviche”. Ready to get the inside scoop on one of our favorite industry veterans?

Q: How did you get started in the lighting industry?

RE: I studied architectural lighting and then worked in the electrical lighting industry for 27 years before coming to SDLA a year ago. I have plenty of experience in the field, like electrical power and lighting design, but this is my first time working for an agency. I’ve really enjoyed the switch and love that I always have something to do, the team here keeps me busy!

Q: What’s your day to day like in the office?

 RE: The specification and distributor/contractor teams work with the client and then they come to me to create the layout. I bring the concept to design and then to execution by creating a layout of the project. Some projects require 3D modeling/rendering calculations, which will give the client a complete look into the luminaire characteristics, room specification and fixture type/placement. I work a lot with the electrical contractors and inside specifications team to communicate and deliver the best service to the client.

Q: What’s your favorite part of your job?

RE: I love the daily challenges my job brings, each project is new and different, so each day I’m met with a new exciting challenge to conquer. There is never a dull day in this position, I always have something to do! I really enjoy working on detail and large projects, because a lot of time and energy goes into creating the model/rendering. Once the project is complete, it’s really rewarding to go back and look at all the work that went into making the large project successful. It’s always a great day when a client comes back after reviewing my layout and says “Yes! I love it and want to proceed with these fixtures!”.

Q: What do you like best about the culture at SDLA?

RE: I’ve worked at many places over the years and this is by far the best place I’ve ever worked. A lot of us say we are one big family, I agree, but I’d also compare us to a thrilling soap opera. Many people know me around the office to be pretty quiet, but I can always be found giggling at something one of my co-workers says or a story they’ve told.  I’ve only been here for a short time and everyone has made me feel so welcome. The nickname master Crock-Dog hasn’t given me an official nickname but people like to tease me about being quiet. Before leaving for the day they might say “Woah, Rod stop talking so much Bro or you are too loud”.