Lighting control systems

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New homes have become smart and the market offers various possibilities for home automation management of our users. When designing a new building or during a renovation, these intelligent systems that improve both life and comfort inside the building are inserted or offered on paper.

Moving within this market for an end user is not easy as there are innumerable home automation systems and everyone offers their own solution. Let's start with the home automation management systems, which are usually designed and sold by a single lighting or electrical equipment manufacturer and do not allow interfacing with other home automation standards.

At first glance it might seem the best solution because inside a house you would have the best compatibility between the components. In reality, with these solutions, difficulties would arise if a lighting or electrical product that is not compatible with this proprietary system is to be installed in one's own home. Difficulties also arise during the spare parts research phase. The lighting and electrical market in general offer standard systems on the market that prevent these problems and maintain compatibility even if products built by different companies are installed together. The most widespread systems currently on the market are: konnex, 1-10 V, dali and dmx.

The konnex is a very powerful system that offers endless possibilities but on the other hand it is also complex to program and put online, so it is usually reserved for buildings used for commercial purposes that need many lines such as hotels, hotels, factories, banks etc ...

The 1-10 V system is a widespread standard in residential and commercial environments, it is a simple and economic system to be managed with a discreet diffusion, but now obsolete since it is an analog signal that presents various limitations, such as for example, the absence of feedback from the remotely managed component. It has an excellent compatibility between luminaires and power supplies for different manufacturers but is slowly leaving behind new home automation management standards.

The dmx is a 512-channel digital signal used mainly to control color-changing lights, it is also used in domestic buildings but its main use is in shows and events that require a quick and immediate response to the control signal. The best current choice is the digital dali system. The dali is a powerful system for managing lighting systems as its possibilities are innumerable. With it it is possible to control rooms, single lighting devices, shutters, access management, electric motors. Many manufacturers of power supplies, lighting and electrical components have compatible and manageable products in their catalog as they are a common standard on the market.

The strengths of this type of signal are the feedback back of the controlled devices, thanks to it you can know the status of a lamp, whether it is on or off or burned out. The system can simply operate with control buttons or connected to real and own control units, which can supply all the parameters of the system (in the most complex models).

Another advantage of dali is the wiring system, in fact the cables can be wired together with the channels where the 230V voltage passes, and in addition the connections can be made in parallel without any problem of signal corruption. The dali system is the solution with the best value for money on the market.

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