4 Reasons to Choose a DALI Lighting System
What is DALI? It stands for Digital Addressable Lighting Interface. The function of DALI is to enhance, simplify and facilitate communication between the user and the light fixtures. Instructions are sent and translated from the controller to the DALI lighting system.
What DALI Lighting does
DALI systems exchange data, or more simply, communicate in a bi-directional manner. They make it possible for the controller to give an instruction to the ballast/ drivers/ dimmers and the load interfaces answer accordingly to the instruction.
What is the instruction being sent? For example, if you want the light of a certain room in your house to be dim, the controller will indicate to drop the voltage. The ballast will then allow only a little electrical current to flow through the lamp. For this to work as it should, the connected ballasts, control panels, sensors and the programming units must all interact seamlessly with each other.
These interactions can provide critical data, which can be used for maintenance, advancement, statistical purposes, energy savings and more, using a third-party DALI control software. Multiple DALI systems can also be controlled via DALI routers, over Ethernet, using a computer.
Why choose DALI Lighting?
The first, and biggest advantage of DALI lighting is that it allows extensive and absolute lighting control. Every light can be individually addressed and controlled. Luminaires (a complete lighting unit or fixture) can also be grouped together and controlled remotely.
Lighting in specific rooms, or segments of a building, can be instructed to dim, or can be switched on and off. Other commands can also be given when necessary from a single locality or central management system.
One of the most interesting things about DALI is that the system can be easily configured, bringing new possibilities to the network. For instance, lighting in a particular room can be programmed to automatically go off at certain hours of the day and then turn on slowly as the night falls.
Energy and money-saving
By allowing flexibility and control, DALI systems can save a significant amount of energy, which means you save money. According to The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), energy costs can be reduced up to 80 % by incorporating lighting controls like DALI.
Another huge advantage of DALI lighting systems is that maintenance costs drop significantly when you incorporate them into your lighting. DALI makes sure that the lighting systems are working correctly. In conventional lighting systems, it is a lot of work to try and locate a fault. In DALI systems, this problem is avoided because monitoring and inspection are made easy.
When DALI lighting systems are used with computer interfaces and DALI software, the feedback system is activated. This has the ability to provide feedback from the ballast or load interface to the program and user. The user can then easily monitor a huge number of lighting systems as if they are a single unit. Faults and failures are easily detected and attended to. This is especially beneficial in a large housing system, a company building or even a school campus.
Highly Scalable Wireless Lighting Control
Progress has been made to integrate DALI systems with wireless controls. When using a wireless lighting control, DALI networks communicate through wireless radio frequencies. They are simple to install, much like their wired counterparts, and are highly flexible, cost-effective and secure.
DALI systems are highly scalable, too. After installing the controls for a small unit, expansion to a larger one can be done seamlessly and with little or no cost at all. Incorporating new sensors, lights and switches into the system requires minimal labour and reduces disruption – you can utilise the same wireless controls you have been relying on. Motion sensors can also be set to detect whenever you enter the room allowing the light to turn on.
Ways of integrating DALI Lighting
DALI track lighting systems
Track lighting systems are well-known for their versatility and flexibility. Accent and task lights are used to illuminate a specific area, sculpture or a piece of artwork. They can be reconfigured allowing you to point them in different directions, and adding more lamp and fixtures to the system.
They provide dimmable, long lasting lights that are also energy efficient.
DALI track lighting systems are easily adjustable to accommodate ever-changing lighting needs. They are applicable in many settings: shopping malls, art galleries, supermarkets, wine cellars, bars and restaurants, or even in a corner in the kitchen or hallway in your home.
DALI LED lighting
While fluorescents use ballasts, LEDs use drivers (although they can be interchanged, many experts use “drivers” to avoid confusion) to buffer (act as a cushion) between the lamps and raw electric current. Like ballasts, these drivers can do much more than regulation.
DALI systems, integrated with LED-driver technology, provide much needed versatility – dimmability and decorative color variations. DALI systems offer smooth dimming curves ranging from 0% to 100%. Its dimming protocol has 254 levels of brightness making it easy on the eyes.
DALI lighting control modules
DALI lighting control modules are highly programmable, offering a wide array of function that ultimately create a comfortable and well-lit environment. These modules efficiently optimise energy, providing energy savings in excess of 30% or more. Moreover, they come in different types: wireless lighting control systems and intelligent lighting control systems. These control modules can also incorporate motion or presence detectors, to further save and efficiently utilize, energy output.
Need help integrating your lighting systems into DALI? 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 on (02) 9999 4948. We would love to help.