Touring With A Twist

We want to give a big thank you to all our great customers who ventured out to our open house event on May 24th, and to those who helped make it so successful! We hope you enjoyed learning about the most advanced lighting technology out there. We are very fortunate to have these cutting-edge solutions in our space.

The tour was unique in the sense that different associates got to speak at different parts of the tour, each associate led a different part, and guests got to interact with most of our amazing SDLA team members! To engage all attendees, we wanted to show off the cohesiveness between our employees and how we all work together to lead the way in lighting.

In case you missed it, tour leaders Matt Gallardo and Laura Ramirez took visitors through a little something like this:

• To kick off the tour, yours truly (Danny Cortez) began talking to guests about the status of SDLA and how we are leading the charge. Making sure we have the right line card that inspires our customers on design and challenges them on using the leading technology in our industry. An example of that is the Pinnacle LiFT, showing an elegant design with its seamless lens trim transition creating a skylight appearance that suggests bringing the outdoors in.

• Next up, guests stopped by to see good ol’ BMJ (Jason Bash) in the lobby. Jason talked about products in the space, using our “wireless” Fresco touch screen to demonstrate architectural luminaires and specifically demonstrated RGB controls (be sure to check out his awesome selfie below).

• After learning all about space and lighting, Susie Brown took over and switched it up a bit to talk about the latest tunable lighting fixtures. She demonstrated how Acuity downlights (Aculux) can change kelvin temperature from 1800-4350. These solutions show how Acuity is leveraging these benefits in vertical markets like K-12 and Higher education.

• With the help of our word walls, Brian Rhea then described our values of leadership, teamwork and technology. He explained how SDLA not only breeds leaders through teamwork and comradery but also by striving to lead the market technological solutions. He introduced Rubik by inspiring designers to “reinvent the grid” with Tunable White, Grayscale, and Color Accent luminaires.

Maronee Rodenberger then stepped in to talk with guests about the latest 2 x 2 troffers on the market and the differences between our Architectural Best Solutions, Specification Better and General Purpose Good solutions. She explained how we look to fit our lighting solutions in every customer’s budget and not trying to make the customers budget fit in our lighting solutions.

• Guests then stopped over to Cliff Cobelli, where he demonstrated the services our agency provides from design, budgeting, managing, and commissioning. He displayed our nLight Software SensorView, where he demonstrated how an Energy Manager/Owner could maximize their energy savings by a quick click of a mouse. Jeret Carr then took the floor as he presented the Internet of Things nLight offers. He demonstrated how a nLight system that complies with code is the building block for IOT, showing how scalable the system is offering applications like “Space Utilization” and “Site View Energy”.

• After learning the ins and outs of our energy management, guests met with Chris Bale for a dose of wireless controls for industrial fixtures. He demonstrated our industrial solutions for parking garages and warehouses, showing our IBG from Lithonia Lighting is best- in-class market with the highest lumens per watt.

• And last but certainly not least, Kristin Miller thanked everyone as she wrapped up the tour by announcing the raffle winner. At SDLA we truly appreciate our partnership with our specification community, electrical contractors, and distributors. This partnership allows all of us to work as a cohesive team.

Want to check out more great pictures of the events? Check out our Facebook page and Instagram page! And don’t forget to “Like” our page for future pictures and events.

Tour Our New State-of-the-Art Office

new SDLA officeAs we mentioned during the first of the year, we put a lot of time and thought behind our new office space – and now we want to share it with you!

On Wednesday, May 24th we will be hosting office tours for small groups of 15 people every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Join in on the fun by scheduling your visit with Amanda Ivko at

You’ll see the latest in LED lighting, lighting control and HVAC control technology and learn a little too:

• Learn about the potential benefits to health, learning, and behavior with tunable white and warm dim LED solutions

• The implementation of IoT technology through lighting controls system, and how it’s commercially available today

• Understanding the unification of building management systems (BMS) and other lighting control systems

• See practical installations of the latest in ambient lighting solutions from many of our valued manufacturer partners

Oh, and did we mention we’ll be raffling prizes after each tour? You don’t want to miss out!

Need our new address? It’s 5625 Ruffin Rd., Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92123.