How to integrate a classic, wired DALI luminaire into today’s “smart” wireless world?

Technical Application Knowledge: From practice, for practice

There’s a pretty simple solution to the following challenge: “Smart wireless control device meets classic wired light” – just use a signal converter.

Here’s one recent example: A DALI-based lighting system manually controlled via wall-mounted push-buttons must be upgraded with smart sensors for automatic motion detection and control via mobile phone. Corresponding smart control systems are available on the market, e.g. Philips Hue.

Question: Which protocol does the smart control system use for wireless data transmission?
Answer: Philips Hue works with the ZigBee 3.0 protocol.
This means that a ZigBee-to-DALI signal converter must be used, such as the ZigBee 3.0 DALI CONV LI.

Zigbee 3.0 DALI CONV LI

This converter builds the bridge between the wireless smart control system based on the ZigBee protocol and the wired light system based on DALI. It basically translates between the different languages (protocols) – from ZigBee to DALI and vice versa.

It’s important to know the protocol used to connect devices with each other. Some manufacturers use standardized open protocols whereas others rely on proprietary ones. Certain protocols have been specifically developed and designed for lighting applications.

No matter which product design is in favor, the data protocol is the key to interconnectivity.

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