Recently, The DALI Alliance announced the release of a brand new form of DALI lighting control: DALI+. As is the case with almost any new technology release, certain questions have come up:
"What is DALI+? What does this mean for DALI and the LED lighting industry in general?"
We’re here to outline exactly what DALI+ is and how it can benefit the LED lighting industry as a whole.
Building on lighting control features from both DALI and DALI-2, DALI+ allows these features to be controlled over wireless or IP-based networks. Existing DALI commands are used, but the pair of wires typically used by DALI-2 is no longer necessary.
What makes DALI+ different from other wireless options is the seamless transition between DALI protocols. For example, a Bluetooth to DALI gateway would have Bluetooth protocols translated to DALI protocols. Conversely, DALI+ removes the need for this process and keeps everything flowing more smoothly.
IoT, or the internet of things, brings a plethora of new opportunities for product utilization. Expanding the capabilities of various products, including lighting, by connecting them to a network has brought about a new era of innovation.
DALI+ brings wireless DALI to the table and also eliminates the need for translating between protocols. Because of this, lighting solutions will be scalable to building-wide networks and beyond, reaching multiple buildings if necessary.
With IP-based networks, IT systems and building automation services are able to be operated from one common platform. Along with leveraging existing DALI protocol features, this brings important advantages, such as:
DALI+ leaves its mark on the IoT lighting industry by streamlining many important lighting processes, such as scalability and maintenance, while also bringing DALI-specific features to wireless networks.
With DALI+ making crucial advances in the IoT lighting space, GRE Alpha is proud to be one of the few leading DALI accredited test labs in Asia. GRE Alpha also carries certain products, such as dimming modules, that are compliant with DALI-2 protocols.
"We’re looking forward to acquiring DALI+ certification as soon as the option is available," says Richard Fong, GRE Alpha CEO & Executive Director, "the opportunity to move forward with DALI and this new innovation in lighting technology excites us."
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