Dali Alliance promotes certification at Light+Building

  • September 19, 2022
  • Steve Rogerson

The Dali Alliance plans to use next month’s Light+Building trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany, to plug its upcoming certification programmes for wireless-to-Dali gateways and Dali+ with Thread.

Wireless-to-Dali gateways allow the use of existing Dali wired products in a non-Dali wireless ecosystem. Certification programmes are in development for Bluetooth mesh and Zigbee to Dali gateways.

A certification programme for Dali+ is also in development. Dali+ enables true wireless Dali without any need for translation between protocols. The first release will employ Thread as a networking layer. Thread is an IP-based, wireless-mesh networking protocol built using open standards.

The certification programmes, due to start in early 2023, will build further momentum for the ongoing evolution of Dali as a globally standardised lighting-control protocol. The number of certified Dali-2 and D4i products listed on the Dali Alliance web site already exceeds 2600 devices, and the Dali Alliance is supported by more than 320 companies from the international lighting community. Recently, the organisation launched dedicated groups to focus on the specific market requirements in China and North America.

Visitors to the Dali Alliance stand at Light+Building can discuss gateways and Dali+ with technical experts, and experience demo boards that explain Dali features such as colour control, sensors, emergency lighting, groups, scenes and building-wide control, as well as D4i and Zhaga-D4i.

Visitors can also get advice on how to submit a successful application for the DaliLighting Awards 2022, which provide a showcase for the best use of Dali lighting control in projects and installations around the globe.

The stand will also host several member companies – Artilect Green, EmCom Technology, JDRF Electromag Engineering, Leedarson, Lifud Technology, Osram and Steinel – who will promote their own Dali products and services.

The Dali Alliance (also known as the Digital Illumination Interface Alliance or DiiA) is an open, global consortium of lighting companies that drive the growth of lighting control based on internationally standardised Dali technology. The organisation operates the Dali-2 and D4i certification programmes to boost levels of cross-vendor interoperability. As lighting continues to evolve and converge with the IoT, the DaliAlliance is also driving the standardisation of wireless and IP-based connectivity.