Dynalite’s Ecolinx lighting energy management system offers ultimate flexibility

Published:  03 September, 2008

The nine separate output channels of Dynalite’s Ecolinx DBC905 lighting controller can be individually and independently software configured to one of three popular ballast control and monitoring broadcast protocols.

Dynalite’s Ecolinx integrated lighting energy-management system for commercial environments supports three popular ballast control and monitoring broadcast protocols in a single lighting-control module (LCM). Luminaires can be dimmed and switched on and off individually in small offices and campus-sized installations.

Ecolinx is a complete and fully integrated distributed control system. It comprises a full range of controllers, multi-function occupancy and light-level sensors, user interface panels and switches, a PC-based graphical control and monitoring network — plus Dynalite’s sophisticated peer-to-peer communications serial bus network, DyNet.

Being a modular and distributed system, Ecolinx can easily evolve to meet the needs of building occupants and changing interior space requirements. In particular, it combines architectural dimming and energy-management of the main floor area.

The fundamental building block is the Dynalite DBC905 high-frequency ballast controller, a versatile LCM with nine separate structured-wiring lighting-circuit output channels. Output-channel connections are available in the Wieland or Modular Wiring connector formats.

All nine channels can be individually and independently software configured to one of three protocols [1 to 10 V analogue control, digital serial interface (DSI) or digital addressable lighting interface (DALI)]. This flexibility enables designers and specifiers to postpone deciding on the lighting-system protocol to the very last minute, so the controllers can be specified, purchased and installed even before the lighting design has been finalised.

The Ecolinx system can be connector to building-management systems, Ethernet LAN and wireless networks, AV control systems, DMX-based architectural lighting systems and also accessed remotely over the Internet.

A tenth relay on the DBC905 streamlines the testing of emergency luminaires. The relay provides a normally closed maintained active feed to all luminaires. Using Dynalite’s Dlight III MapView PC-based graphical user interface, area-specific emergency-lighting test procedures can be easily and quickly initiated.

In addition, via DALI-enabled emergency-lighting inverters and ballasts, a comprehensive selection of emergency luminaire diagnostic data can be sourced from the luminaire, relayed across the DyNet network, then displayed, stored and reports generated from Dlight III MapView.

For more information on this story, click here: Sept, 08 165

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