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DALI

DALI to DMX Convertors

DALI Products

DALI (Digitally Addressable Lighting Interface) is the international standard of connecting lighting fixtures (ballasts) on a two wire interface network. It is beginning to be used extensively in the field of ‘architectural’ lighting for its ease of installation and control. Compared to DMX512, DALI is a very slow protocol. However offices and shopping centres have little need to run high speed chases or ten cuts a second light changes so for these installations DALI is an ideal solution. Increasingly in ‘architectural’ lighting what were once termed as ‘theatrical lighting’ DMX512 fixtures are also being used, LED lights, moving lights etc. Up to now the two could not be mixed but now they can.

The DALI protocol offers numerous advantages over the older DSI protocol or analogue cabling. However DALI controllers tend to be limited as to control features and as a result more installations have become DMX/DALI hybrids. This offers the control of the DMX lighting desk and the flexibility of DALI. To aid the interfacing of these protocols XTBA introduced our DMX to DALI interface card which has been installed in numerous venues around the world.

However what DALI does not offer is speed. If DMX is at walking pace DALI moves with the speed of an 'arthritic ant carrying heavy shopping'. If you are not in a hurry to do fast fades DALI offers reliable data communications. It is simple to cable, almost any two wires will do. It would probably work down damp string but don't try that at home! It can be split without the need for a data splitter, fixtures do not need to be wired in series and ballasts are relatively cheap. So to install a large lighting system using DALI ballasts is going to be a good deal simpler and cheaper than using analogue ballasts or DMX (if anybody makes one) ballasts.  There are of course some "gotchas" with DALI which we have recognised and built work-arounds into our DALI products to help the installer avoid these nasty pitfalls.  If you are unfamiliar with DALI, please read the DALI address programming systems information page

XTBA has now redesigned and updated our range of DMX to DALI and DALI to DMX products. In addition to the popular DMX to DALI PCB card, XTBA now offers a range of three DMX to DALI converters and a DALI to DMX converter, all housed in DIN rail cases for easy installation.

The range now includes:

DALI AMR Analogue Merge Replace - DIN Rail

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04807

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The DALI Analogue Merge Replace (AMR) allows up to four analogue control levels (0 to +5 or +10V) to merge or replace with the existing lighting control level. So local controls can simply be added or external devices interfaced to DALI.

The DIN rail case unit can be simply added in line to an existing installation and can use either the DALI buss power supply or mains power. DALI configuration commands and responses will pass through the unit unaltered as the unit only acts on level commands so the system is transparent during set up.

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XTBA DALI Watch

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04806

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The XTBA DALI Watch is a brand new tester / programmer which is designed to simplify DALI commissioning and/or testing, identify faults, monitor commands and make life a little simpler. So if none of the below makes any sense - don’t panic as the XTBA DALI Watch will help you through muddy waters of DALI – it is not ‘Rocket Surgery’.

This tool will help to remove most of the mystery of DALI helping even the beginner to understand what their DALI fittings are doing, and more importantly, how to make them do what you want! 

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DMX to Full DALI 8 channel x 8 RDM

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04805

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A surprising number of installations are using large number of DALI ballasts controlled from DMX. We recently supplied 1,024 channels of DALI conversion to Hamburg Airport for the main hall.

In order to make the installation of such large systems as painless as possible the XTBA DMX512 to DALI 64 channel x 8 has been introduced.

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DMX to Fast DALI - DIN Rail RDM

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Run DALI at the fastest speed possible with this product.

One of the major drawbacks of DALI is its relatively slow speed to that of DMX.

"Faster DALI"™ allows for more complex and innovative installations by limiting the DALI data length to a maximum of eight channels - eight times faster.

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DALI to DMX - 64 channel DIN Rail

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04803

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Now and again (but not that often) you might need to convert DALI to DMX512.

If so the 'creatively' named DALI to DMX512 64 channel converter should do the job.

Plug it in, stick DALI in one side and DMX comes out the other - what more could you ask for.

As a bonus you do get an internal switch to select if DMX is held or not if DALI is lost.

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DMX to DALI - 64 ch DIN Rail RDM

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The XTBA DMX to DALI 64 channel converter (Now RDM compatible) offers a one to one level conversion between DMX and DALI .The start address of the 64 DMX channels to be converted is set from the PCB mount code switches. In addition as DALI ballasts do not have address switches they need to be programmed. The XTBA card can be set up to program the ballast's address. As DALI is relatively slow the DALI data length can be shortened on the XTBA card between 64 to 1. Half the number of channels sent = double the speed.

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DMX to DALI Converter - PCB

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09402

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The XTBA DMX to DALI card will translate 64 channels of DMX up to 64 channels of the DALI protocol. The unit can be addressed anywhere in the DMX stream via the BCD address switches. The unit will also allow manual control of any and all DALI channels to allow for on site testing without the need for DMX control.

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