DeeBridge is a solution comprising an Ethernet to DALI bridge device and easily operated user interface application. This solution enables intuitive control of luminaires within a DALI installation via an Ethernet network using a PC, tablet or smartphone. The software runs on Windows, Android and iOS. The device comes housed in a standard 2U sized DIN box which allows for installation on electrical switchboards. It is powered by an external 12 V DC Power Source Unit (not standardly supplied with the device but available on request).
- Allows for intuitive control of DALI installations from computer, tablets and smartphones
- Application runs on Windows, Android and iOS
- Provides dimming control via buttons, switches and sliders
- Offers standard or advanced Tunable White and RGB control as well as lighting scenes and timers
- Integrated web server for initial setting
- Wireless control via external Wi-Fi router
- Fast scanning of the DALI network
- Auto commissioning
- Pre-set and customisable lighting scenes
- Status function
- Basic schedules
- Human centric schedules
- Firmware updates
- Floorplan function for Windows and Mac
- DALI voltage: 12–25 V DC
- DALI consumption: < 9 mA
- Inputs: Voltage range open 5 V DC / closed max. 0.3 V DC
- Current range: max. 1 mA
The device comes housed in a standard 2U sized DIN box which allows for installation on electrical switchboards. It is powered by an external 12 V DC Power Source Unit (not standardly supplied with the device but available on request). Figure 2 depicts a simplified connection schematic of the Ethernet to DALI bridge device.
Before hardware installation and setup you will need:
- A fully functional and configured DALI installation
- A 12 V DC power supply
- A PC with the capability to connect to a Local Area Network (LAN) using a RJ45 connector
- Knowledge about how to perform the IP configuration of your PC
- Knowledge about the IP configuration used for your LAN
For the correct installation of the Ethernet to DALI bridge device please follow these steps and refer User guide.
Fast scanning of the DALI network
Network scanning is now carried out directly in the DeeBridge device so there is no need for additional communication between the devices and their apps. As a result, scanning is much faster than before, approximately 20 seconds for a full DALI network of 64 devices.
After scanning of the DALI network, the app will automatically recognise which DALI devices have no address, a duplicate addresses, or are ok. Then it will begin the commissioning process where every DALI device on the bus is assigned a suitable, individual address. How long the commissioning process takes depends on the number of DALI devices on the bus and their addressing status. The longest time will be taken to commission a new, unaddressed DALI installation with 64 devices. This can take up to four minutes; around four seconds per device.
Pre-set and customisable lighting scenes
Lighting scenes are one of the preferred ways of control for DALI installations. For this reason, the app includes a series of five pre-set scenes as well as the option to create up to four customised group lighting scenes to perfectly match the device possibilities of the network and user needs. Pre-set scenes cover dimming, TW, and RGB control.
The status function is a feature included in the latest FW update. To enable this feature, upgrade your DeeBridge
device to FW version 3.3. DeeBridge periodically checks the status of each DALI device. The results of the check
are sent to the application once per minute. If all previously discovered devices work correctly, the status icon will show ‘Installation OK’. If there is an error such as lamp or control gear failure, a warning sign will appear. The
relevant warning icon will also appear next to the group icon of the corresponding device, and next to the single
device within the group. When you open the device with a warning, you will find a description of the error.
The timer function is a feature related to the latest HW and FW versions of DeeBridge. To benefit from this feature, you will need to upgrade your FW to the latest version 3.3. This HW version of DeeBridge contains a real-time clock module and allows for the creation of 4 independent timers with 30 second time steps (basic timers) and 15 time steps (Human Centric sequences). Timers run independently of the app once activated, and will override other settings from the app. Each timer if defined by its label and the days of the week it is active.
Basic timers can be used to control any group based on a DALI group address (labels are white). Transitions between time steps are sudden without fading.
Human centric schedules
Human Centric sequences have smooth transitions between time steps. There must be a minimum of 2 time steps with each sequence in order to create a transition (DeeBridge internally calculates the linear interpolation between time steps). The defines values of each time are only reached as the specific time. Human Centric sequences are related to CCT regulation, therefore, only Tunable White groups can be selected when creating a new timer, and only one group can be selected for each timer. You can add commands using the same method as basic timers. In the dialog that appears when adding a time step, you will see a graph with current points, a clock for time setting, and two sliders for changing of CCT and brightness settings.
The ‘Update FW’ button allows for simple updating of FW when an update is available. A list of FW versions will appear, all of which are compatible with the detected DeeBridge device. You can also reload older FW versions.
Floorplan function for Windows and Mac
We have not forgotten those who use DeeBridge on a Windows computer. For these users, we have added the Floorplan function, which offers features that have become necessary for modern, large industrial lighting installations. Larger installations come with a unique set of challenges including the ability to remember the position of devices relative to each other. Floorplan offers a simple and intuitive overview that allows for effective orientation and shows device locations, definitions, and functions with a single click of the mouse.