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> WHAT LED LIGHTING CONTROL METHODS ARE THERE?

CLS has a wide product range available. You can find all control methods a fixture is compatible with on the product pages, but in general our fixtures are compatible with eight control methods; Casambi, DALI, DMX512, Wireless DMX, Magno Dim, Local Dim, 1-10V Dim and Mains Dim.  Read more about these control methods and how they work below.

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> 1. CHOOSING A CONTROL METHOD

We know the choice of a control method is mostly dependent on the venue. Which infrastructure is already available, or what wishes do the new lighting need to comply with. Other reasons for choosing a certain control method may be the integration in an existing situation, or in an audio/video installation. Also the amount of fixtures that are going to be installed may be of influence, because of the way of programming. We’ve written interesting case studies about some projects, that explain the choice for a control method in different situations. Some are:

> 2. COMPATIBILITIES WITH CLS LED FIXTURES

At CLS, we have a wide product range available. You can find all control and dimming methods a fixture is compatible with on the product pages. In general, we offer eight control methods: 

  • Casambi
  • DALI
  • DMX512
  • Wireless DMX
  • Magno Dim
  • Local Dim
  • 1-10V Dim
  • Mains Dim

Below you can find a short explanation of each method. 

2.1 Casambi

Casambi is a wireless LED lighting control system using Bluetooth technology. The Casambi app allows users to group fixtures, create scenes, and adjust brightness and colour for individual or grouped lights. Schedules can be set for automatic on/off and dimming, aiding in energy efficiency. Wireless switches are available for physical control within Bluetooth range. The system also supports sensor integration and cloud connectivity for remote access and monitoring.

2.2. DALI

DALI, which stands for Digital Addressable Lighting Interface, is a standardized communication protocol for lighting control. It is widely used for controlling and dimming LED lighting fixtures. DALI allows for individual control of each light fixture in a system, offering greater flexibility and efficiency in managing lighting environments.

2.3. DMX512

DMX512 (Digital Multiplex 512) is a widely used protocol for controlling lighting equipment, including LED fixtures. It is commonly used in theatres, concerts, architectural lighting, and other applications where precise control of lighting is required. Here you can read all about the working of DMX with CLS fixtures.

2.4. Wireless DMX

Wireless DMX (Wireless Digital Multiplex) is a technology that allows the wireless transmission of DMX512 signals to control lighting fixtures in a DMX universe.

2.5. Magno Dim

MAGNO dimming allows the user to set the desired intensity with the help of a magnet. Placing the magnet at the indicated position will slowly adjust the level output. Removing the magnet will automatically store the output level.

2.6. Local Dim

The LED fixture has a potentiometer where you can simply adjust the level output.

2.7. 1-10V / 0-10V Dim

This method is a simple and accurate way to control the intensity of multiple LED fixtures, with the same output level. A 2 wire data cable is needed to connect all LED fixtures to the 1-10V / 0-10V dimmer.

2.8. Mains Dim

The LED fixture intensity can be controlled with a triac dimmer, also known as phase cut dimmers. The minimum output level with this method is relatively high.

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> WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT CONTROL METHODS?

Want to know more about the control methods we offer? Look at our product pages to see which methods are compatible with every product, or contact us. We are happy to help.

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