DALI Alliance moves certification to DALI2 for smart lighting

DALI Alliance moves certification to DALI2 for smart lighting

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By Nick Flaherty

The DALI Alliance is ending registration of DALI version-1 control gear and focussing on DALI-2 and DALI+ wireless certification.

DALI-2 aims to minimise concerns around proprietary technologies and vendor lock-I  and enables future-proof luminaire and system designs for sustainable lighting. It builds on the international IEC 62386 standard with rigorous product testing for certification. The test results are independently verified by the DALI Alliance.

In contrast, testing for DALI version 1, launched in 2012, was less detailed and relied on self-declaration without requiring third-party verification of test results and was only available for control gear.

DALI-2 certification also includes bus power supplies, and control devices such as application controllers, sensors and other input devices. It is now available for all control gear types in common use, including those for colour control and self-contained emergency lighting. DALI-2 also includes a broad range of additional features such as storage and reporting of luminaire, energy and diagnostics data.

The Alliance is also developing the DALI+ certification for DALI devices operating over wireless and IP-based networks, and is collaborating with the Zhaga Consortium to offer Zhaga-D4i certification for luminaires and control devices.

“DALI-2 certification has matured sufficiently that we no longer see the need to offer a registration scheme for DALI version-1 control gear,” said Paul Drosihn, DALI Alliance General Manager. “We encourage all users to look for the DALI-2 or D4i logos, which confirm that the product is certified by the DALI Alliance and is fully compliant with the relevant specifications.”

DALI-2 certification has established an ecosystem of interoperable products, which are all listed in the online Product Database. This contains over 2,300 DALI-2 products, including more than 1,800 DALI-2 control gear, along with over 1,600 DALI version-1 control gear. The DALI version-1 products will remain in the database, and trademark use will continue to be allowed.

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