What is DALI Lighting? 💡
Over the years, the way we light our homes have changed dramatically. We have gone from having one central light source per room with a wall switch, to over-lighting with rows of down-lights with little flexibility once its installed People are now moving forward, looking for simple, cost-effective solutions to lighting control.
DALI, or Digital Addressable Lighting Interface, is a dedicated protocol for digital lighting control that enables the easy installation of robust, scalable and flexible lighting networks. DALI was originally developed to allow digital control, configuration and querying of fluorescent ballasts, replacing the simple, one-way, broadcast-like operation.
With DALI, the broadcast option is also available; in addition, with simple configuration, each DALI device can be assigned a separate address, allowing digital control of individual devices. Furthermore, the DALI devices can also be programmed to operate in groups. This provides excellent flexibility since the lighting systems can be reconfigured by software reprogramming, without the need to change the wiring. Different lighting functions and moods can be achieved in different rooms or areas of a building, and then easily adjusted and optimised.
The digital nature of DALI allows two-way communication between devices, so that a device can report a failure, or answer a query about its status or other information.
At the forefront of this movement is Dali lighting…
Why DALI lighting?
- More cost effective than traditional automation systems.
- Just one DALI Universe Controller is the equivalent to 24 leading/trailing edge dimmers
- Full control of individual or grouped lights
- DALI dimming is increasingly being recognised as offering the smoothest dimming curve available for LED lighting with dimming from 0-100 % with no flickering.
- Easy configuration & reconfiguration for changing circumstances
- Increased energy savings due to dimming parameters 256 dimming settings and control capabilities
- Flexibility throughout the building phase. DALI allows you to add or remove lights easily during the build by simply wiring from the nearest light and not running cables back to the switchboard as in a traditional lighting automation system.
Benefits of DALI lighting?
- Simple topology – the DALI topology is simple, not requiring home run circuits for each lighting group. Amongst other things this means a lot less cabling – cost efficient installation.
- Less distribution board space required – one module provides control for up to 64 lamps, a density not possible with phase dimmers.
- Simple Board wiring – there is much simpler termination and cable management in the distribution board.
- DALI ballasts typically provide a very smooth dimming curve for LED lamps
- Flexibility for the future – once installed lamps can be re-addressed and re-grouped with software rather than having to rewire circuits. Also, if an additional lamp is required after the project is complete it can simply be added to the DALI bus and provide with 230V rather than running a new dimming circuit in the distribution board.
- Dali relays can also help solve issues were a cable was missed or added into a functional requirement, like bathroom exhaust fans.
As DALI and lighting design evolve to incorporate the wellness benefits of tuneable white (human centric lighting) the control can be adapted without any change to the wiring already in place.
How can i control DALI Lighting?
- Dali can be controlled via simple wall switches and control panels, as well as by an app on your phone or smart devices. All the major smart lighting control brands can control DALI Lighting.
How is DALI Lighting wired?
Dali requires two cables – a 1.5 mm twin & earth and a 1.5 twin for transmission of the Dali protocol. These two cables loop from a Dali universe through a maximum of 64 Dali compatible lights or devices. For lights that do not have integral Dali drivers, a 1.5mm twin (or low voltage cable) should be wired back to the location of a Dali loop. This can be an access panel or remote cupboard.
How much does DALI Lighting cost?
Most Dali light fittings and drivers cost around 15-20% more, this extra cost is generally absorbed by the amount saved in electrical costs. Dali uses much less cabling than traditional wiring and is quicker to install. As well as this, if changes to switching are required at a later date, these can be made by simply reprogramming the Dali, rather than re-wiring or re-grouping lights which can be costly.
What is dimming like on DALI lighting?
For LED, Dali is a much more effective alternative to traditional dimming protocols such as leading edge, trailing edge and 0-10. Dali dimming 0-100 = no flickering. 256 dimming settings = Smoothest dimming curve available today. Fade time can be sped up or slowed down to suit user preference.
What home automation systems can be used with DALI lighting?
DALI is a dimming protocol & can be used with most automation systems. See below for the most common control systems used with Dali. DALI is now becoming the main standard to wire a Residential or Commercial property due to the ease of install, flexibility throughout the project, less in wiring costs, better control & no flickering on down-lights.
+ Crestron Home
+ Philips Dynalite
+ Clipsal C-Bus
How does an Electrician wire a DALI Lighting system?
For light fittings that have a DALI driver integrated such as down-lights, a simple way to wire is called a DALI loop. This is a 1.5mm T&E and 1.5mm twin active, looped to each light in the DALI universe.
A DALI universe can consist of up to 64 lights or devices (60 light/device max per universe recommended). For fittings which do not have an integral DALI driver, a run of 1.5mm2 twin or low voltage cable should be wired back to a location where you have a DALI loop ie at an access panel. A simple loop of twin active or control cable is then taken to the switches from your DALI Universe Controller – see diagram A.
As mentioned, each Dali controller can have up to 64 lights or devices on each universe. It is important to note that the 64 item maximum per universe includes any DALI addressable and programmable devices on the universe i.e. down-lights, pendants, controllers for constant current, AC controller and Dali relays etc.
In all, Dali is easy to wire, very flexible, cost efficient and can be controlled by wall switches, tablets for easy convenience, your smart phone.
*Please note this is general guide for informative purposes only.
Which smart home lighting systems work with DALI lighting?
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Established in 2009 by Glenn and Susan Stokes, LA Lounge specialises in highend lighting design and DALI lighting control. LA Lounge was formed to combine a passion for the technical and a flair for the creative aspects of architectural lighting. As one of the first Australian companies to introduce DALI lighting control to the residential market, the LA Lounge team’s expertise is sought after by a broad spectrum of design professionals on projects in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Europe.
The team at La Lounge offers clients a sustainable, energy-efficient and personalised lighting solution like no other. Their Australian designed luminaires and lighting range compliment any architectural designed home. With 15+ years of experience, their team of Lighting Professionals have produced bespoke premium design outcomes for homeowners in Australia and Europe. With Cutting edge innovation and solutions which include DALI and Circadian Rhythm Lighting, they’re able to personalise indoor and outdoor living environments through integration of all the services clients rely upon and according to clients lifestyle with total simplicity – all beautifully incorporated into the interior and exterior design.
LA Lounge clients include leading interior designers and architects, award winning builders and automation companies as well as homeowners seeking to create their own stunning dream homes.
LA Lounge is a lighting design & supply company that specialises in high-end lighting design & DALI lighting control in Residential, Multi-Res & Commercial projects. LA Lounge is in the business of creating atmosphere and warmth through the magic of architectural lighting. Offering lighting, automation and electrical design. LA Lounge is passionate about merging the art and science of lighting, transforming a 2-dimensional plan into the 3-dimensional world. Easy to install & compatible with all home automation & dimming systems – making it a go to for trades, designers & architects.
LA Lounge has been established for over 15 years and focuses on technical aspects of creative architectural lighting. They are one of the first Australian companies that introduced DALI lighting (Circadian / Human Centric Lighting) control in residential projects. LA Lounge is based in Sydney, with projects located all across Australia and Europe. LA Lounge has a well-established range of architectural and decorative lighting. Including our Confidential in-set plaster range.
In collaboration with our team at GreenStar Technologies, La Lounge has a team of Lighting Architects that are ready to help design a bespoke lighting system for you and your home. We’ll be here to help you throughout the process and liaise with all relevant parties throughout the build. We have expertise in the electrical contracting and home automation area, while the team at LA Lounge focuses on lighting engineering and design.
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