Rail-DALI-DMX provides a bridge between architectural control and entertainment lightingRail-DALI-DMX converts one circuit of DALI to DMX with a choice of two modes. In either mode it will simulate a user configurable number of ballasts so a DALI controller will be able to transmit.
Ballast Simulation Mode
There is an increasing demand from Lighting Designers who want to control DMX fixtures directly from a DALI controller. The two main reasons are;
- A wide choice of DMX architectural fixtures
- To save cost on adding an additional (DMX) controller
- Group Assignment
- Scene Store and Recall
- Power On Level
- Emergency Level
- Direct Arc Values
- Step Up / Step Down Commands
- Fade Time (virtual ballast mode only)
To integrate fully, Rail-DALI-DMX will also respond to DALI Status Commands so that monitoring software can be used to check on the efficiency of the system.
Rail-DALI-DMX in trigger mode serves as an interface between DALI and DMX systems by bridging the gap between the simple on/off function of a commercial lighting controller and the more sophisticated control of decorative lighting effects offered by DMX control.
For example, an office with lighting controlled by an existing DALI controller has recently been installed with an LED pixel wall. It is not possible to control this using DALI, so, by simply installing a Rail-DALI-DMX converter, it becomes possible to control the wall using the existing DALI control system.
Rail-DALI-DMX will simulate a configurable number of ballasts and then monitor the commands sent to these ballasts. The values and commands are then split out into channel, group and scene values and sent via DMX. In DMX there will be a block of channel values, a block of 16 channels for group values and a single channel used for Scene Commands. These DMX signals are then used as a trigger for the DMX controller.
|Dimming Curve Translation|
After industry feedback a dimming curve translation was also included so DMX fixtures can be used alongside DALI ballasts. This option is selectable via a DIP switch.
As with all DALI devices a DALI commissioning tool must be used to assign Unique Short Addresses to each ballast. It can also be used to assign groups, store scenes etc. Dali-Scope provides these functions.
DALI Bus PSU
Every DALI circuit must have a DALI Bus PSU for the system to work. This is separate to all product PSUs. We recommend the Rail-PSU-D4.
- DALI to DMX512 conversion (1 circuit)
- Ballast Mode (up to 64 virtual ballasts)
- Trigger Mode (used to convert DALI to DMX values)
- 'Dimming Curve' Translation
- Variable number of simulated ballasts
- Responds to 'query' commands (Ballast Mode)
- DIN Rail mount
- Surface mount
- DMX Fade Time (Virtual Mode)
- Input Voltage: 9-24VDC
- Power: 10W
- Protection: Internal 500mA electronic fuse
- Protocols: DMX512 / DALI 62389-102
- Duty Cycle: 80%
- Listing: CE FCC
- IP Rating: Indoor use
- Height: 90mm
- Width: 88mm
- Depth: 58mm
- Net Mass: 0.20 kg
- Approximate Carton Mass: 0.34 kg
- Approximate Carton Dimensions: 220 x 180 x 120 mm
- Volume: 4752000 mm³
- Manufacturer: Artistic Licence Engineering Ltd
- Country of Manufacture: The United Kingdom
- 0301 DALI - An Introduction
- 0302 DALI - Cabling, Bus & Electrical
- 0303 DALI - Commissioning
- 0304 DALI - Commands
- 0305 DALI - Converting to and from DMX