Three in one – new lighting DALI Gateways from ABB

2017-03-15 - ABB is launching two new ABB i-bus® DALI Gateways, making light management even more effective and flexible.
ABB is adding two new DALI Gateways to its range of ABB i-bus® KNX lighting control products End of April 2017. Intelligent light management with DALI has a number of advantages including flexible components, ease of installation and simple programming. Alongside KNX Building Automation, DALI (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) has become the most important lighting control in the building management system. DALI systems have benefited greatly from a steadily growing market.

A DALI Gateway serves as the interface between the KNX installation in the building and the digital DALI lighting control system, and therefore unites the two most important building automation standards. The new DALI Gateways DG/S (1fold) and DG/S (2fold) from ABB each come with a DALI power supply and have emergency lighting features for DALI self-contained emergency lights.

Gerd Schlag, Global Product Manager, said: “We continue to innovate in the area of lighting management to provide our customers with increased flexibility and integration opportunities. The DALI Gateway with one DALI output boasts the highest flexibility. The big advantage is that individual DALI devices, DALI groups and DALI emergency devices can now be controlled with one DALI Gateway instead of three. KNX controls and monitors the lighting system with the gateway by means of broadcast, single or group control.”

The 1fold DALI Gateway for ABB i-bus® KNX can be used to control up to 64 single DALI participants. These can even be compiled into 16 DALI groups and/or scenes.

The 2fold DALI Gateway has exactly the same features. The only difference between it and the 1fold DALI Gateway is that it has two outputs and therefore twice as many DALI devices, DALI groups, scenes and emergency devices can be connected. The 2fold DALI Gateway provides maximum flexibility combined with the maximum number of DALI participants and groups.

Both new DALI Gateways from ABB contain an optimized staircase lighting, slave, scene and burn-in features. Enhanced features for individual lights and groups have also been integrated. These features include blocking and forced operation, reaction to partial power failures as well as background brightness during the night, where, for example, the corridor light in retirement homes cannot be turned off completely. DALI self-contained emergency lighting support inhibit/rest mode, which extends the lifespan of the emergency devices, for instance during construction phase.

The housing concept is also new. It makes it possible to remove the gateway device from DIN rail without a tool and install it quickly and securely with a combi-head screw, and features a built-in labelling field. The flexible ETS programming is simplified by pages of user-friendly templates. These facilitate faster programming as a single change in parameters updates the parameters of all 64 DALI participants and 16 groups automatically. The DALI telegram rate and the KNX status telegram rate can be modified.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 132,000 employees.