AFTER JUST three years, the DALI-2 protocol has established itself as one of the most popular lighting control platforms on the market.
Its pre-eminence was confirmed today as the Digital Illumination Interface Alliance (DiiA), the global industry organisation for DALI lighting control, announced that its DALI-2 certification program has passed a major milestone with the cerification of the 1000th DALI-2 product.
DALI-2 certification involves rigorous testing and independent verification of test results, which gives confidence in cross-vendor product interoperability.
Proponents of the tech say reaching this landmark underscores the importance of DALI-2 in the lighting control market.
‘The very rapid growth in certification of DALI-2 lighting control products shows no sign of slowing,’ said Paul Drosihn, general manager at DiiA. ‘The progress we’ve seen to date reflects the advocacy shown by the global lighting industry.
‘We are immensely grateful for the hard work of our members in recent years to help achieve this significant landmark in such a short span of time.’
DALI-2 delivers more product types and features, clearer specifications and increased testing, compared with first generation DALI products.
In addition to LED drivers and other control gear, the list of certified DALI-2 products includes application controllers (devices that make decisions and send commands), bus power supplies, and input devices, which provide user-derived and environmental information to the lighting-control system.
The 1000th product certified by the organisation was an LED driver from DiiA founder member Tridonic.
The organisation’s product database now contains almost 2,400 products in total, including more than 1,350 first-generation DALI products from a broad range of members.
The DiiA anticipates further growth in DALI-2 certification, as new features and function are added to the program.
For example, the first D4i LED drivers were recently added to the database, as well as the first DALI-2 tuneable white LED drivers.
Earlier this month, the DiiA and the organisations behind Bluetooth mesh agreed the specification for a standard interface.
The move will allow DALI-2 light fittings to talk to Bluetooth mesh wireless lighting controllers.
It’s believed that the agreement with the Bluetooth Special Interest Group will accelerate the development of intelligent and connected lighting systems.
Bluetooth mesh is an innovative platform is which devices pass information between them, ideally suited to luminaires.
The collaboration between Bluetooth SIG and the DiiA will enable the deployment of certified DALI-2 devices and intelligent D4i luminaires, which have an internal Dali network, with qualified Bluetooth mesh intelligent lighting-control networks.