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Mar

4 Benefits of the Dimmable Dali Lighting System

For a dimming system to work smoothly, it is very important that the ballast (or regulator for the light system) and the controller are on the same page. If the controller indicates to drop the voltage, the ballast must then allow only a little electrical current to flow through the lamp. To enable this, there has to be a cohesion between the ballast and the controller..

In most dimming system, the command transmitted from the controller to the ballast can be done in two forms, otherwise known as languages:

  • Proprietary language: unique to a certain manufacturer and other users if permission is granted.
  • Open standard language: such as the DALI (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) protocol.

Often, to monetise from the different languages, manufacturers create their own system (as mentioned above). For a manufacturer-owned language, if you want to continue making use of it, you can only depend on that single manufacturer when you want to repair, replace, or purchase more lights. It is similar to being monopolised by the company. DALI eliminates it all.

DALI, or Digital Addressable Lighting Interface, is a non-proprietary lighting language that many international companies use. Top benefits of a Dimming DALI Lighting System are as follows:

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Next, you can always reconfigure the grouping of the dimming lights on the software that regulates them. Do it on your PC or even smartphone! No more climbing up the ceiling to manually do the job.

Additionally, the fact that you can reduce the voltage used by the lights as you dim them means that you are saving on energy consumption. Often, we only need to light one side of the room as opposed to lighting up the whole space. It is a way to save on electricity bills. Or maybe you are one that is dead set  on turning off the lights after a certain time (perhaps between 12 am to 7 am)? You can easily schedule the lights, so you will never let energy be wasted.

If you’re interested in installing DALI lighting system, schedule an appointment to meet us at our Neutral Bay showroom, Shop 3, 99-111 Military Rd, Neutral Bay NSW 2089, or give us a call at (02) 9953 0954 or our head office at (02) 9999 4948. We’ll be happy to book a consultation and explain to you how the installation works.

Flexibility

The DALI system is recognized worldwide and is owned by no one, much like the Internet and Emails. The free nature of a DALI system is that whenever you want to install new lights with the same dimming system, future changes can be applied without having to contact the manufacturers. More than that, in designing control zones of lighting, architects do not have to be restricted by the number of zones one ballast can be applied in.

Often, we like to control a group of lights in rooms. But doing this with an analog dimming system can prove to be complicated and sometimes, impossible.  Why? Because there is no communication protocol that enables the components to talk to each other. With the DALI dimming system, this is ultimately possible.

The flexibility provided by DALI gives a room different looks and also promotes diverse use of the rooms. DALI allows one room to be used for a lot of things and enhances the effectivity of it.  For example, a classroom that is usually lit with bright lights can be turned into a temporary movie room by dimming the lights to a certain level.

Consistency

Regardless of the ballast manufacturer, DALI ensures an even dimming performance. So, as a whole, there is no need to worry about the quality of dimming lights and its consistency. No matter the products that you add into the system, as long as they are DALI compatible, they will have standardized output. There Is also a DALI to Analog 1-10 V converter available.

DALI dimmable lights don’t flicker however dim you set it. It allows complete dimming and this consistency is just loved by many manufacturers who seek quality, including us.

Simple

Because DALI lighting system does not rely on connection based on zones or groups, it makes the control and wiring simple. The lighting systems are directly connected to the main low-voltage supplier through buses. Buses are metallic strips found inside switch gears that serve as passages for power distribution.  They are also used to connect high and low voltage equipment at electrical switchyards. So, there is no need to worry about the cables at all whenever you want to alter your lighting design.

It is also easy to operate on any digital gadget with the necessary app or software. Simply tap a few buttons and you are ready to regulate and save money on billings! The simplicity of the control interface and the setup ensure that you can easily make changes to the settings as you please without the help of an electrician.

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Economical

There are a lot of reasons to call DALI dimmable lights economical. Let us start from the simple wiring that comes with it. DALI does not require the creation of a lot of cable networks. There is no need to install multiple kinds of lights with different controls when everything can be controlled from a digital interface with one controller.

In other words, there is no need to fuss over hiring a skilled worker to handle the cabling during the initial installation or when you need to alter the lighting later on.

Having things digitally managed makes it easier as you can practically group the lights according to your preference. Instead of creating branch circuits on each group like analog dimming, you can create up to 16 layers of grouping like in the image below. What is even amazing is that you can choose to dim a single light, a group of lights, or all the lights in a building!

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