> HOW TO SET UP DMX CONTROLLED CLS FIXTURES

To make DMX work correctly with CLS fixtures, we’ve put together some important information to keep in mind when you’re going to install your fixtures. Think about how to set an address, splitter cables, terminators and how to use your rail and DMX together. 

Table of Contents

> 1. HOW TO WIRE YOUR DMX UNIVERSE

The daisy-chain of your DMX-Universe is very simple to make, and you can do it in a few steps. 

  1. First connect the power to your controller and fixtures.
  2. Then on your first fixture, put the DMX-data cable in the DMX IN.
  3. Then start the daisy chain, by putting a DMX cable in the DMX OUT on the first fixture, and in the DMX IN on the second fixture.
  4. Continue this for a maximum of +/- 32 fixtures max.
  5. Set your fixtures to DMX channel mode and set an address.
  6. Program your fixtures, with the set address, and the amount of faders needed to use all functions.

> 2. HOW TO SET AN ADDRESS

> 2.1. DMX512 + Wireless DMX

Most of our fixtures are compatible with DMX512 and Wireless DMX. Each fixture can be addressed individually, allowing you to program an intensity value for each fixture, that can be adjusted quickly at any time from a remote-control system. In addition, the fixture offers ‘memory on board’ functionality. This means that a pre-programmed intensity value can be stored in the fixture’s internal memory module. It is therefore not required to provide a continuous control signal to the fixtures. 

> 2.2. DMX CONTROLLER

When you are going to program your DMX Universe, you need a DMX controller. These come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but to configure DMX controlled CLS fixtures, you need a DMX controller with a digital interface, and a simple magnet. 

> 2.3. MAGNETICAL ADDRESSING

You can address any CLS fixture with a magnet. This can be any magnet that is strong enough. You can check this by putting the magnet on the dot on the back of the fixture. If the fixture flickers 3 times, the magnet is strong enough. 

> 2.4. LOCATION ON FIXTURE

To always put the magnet on the right location on the fixture, we added stickers. They look like a circle, with a smaller circle within. To assign a starting address to a fixture, you need to set the right data output on your DMX controller and put the magnet on the right spot. The fixture will flicker 3 times, to confirm the new address. 

> 2.5. Step-by-step guide

When you follow these steps, you can successfully give your fixtures a starting address:

  1.  Set channel 1, for a data output value between 1-255, or channel 2 for a data output value between 256-512 on your DMX controller.
  2. Choose the channel you want the fixture to be set on (1-512).
  3. Set the data output to the right channel.
  4. Hold the magnet to the indicated spot on the back of the fixture to confirm (the fixture will flicker 3 times when done correctly) (If all LEDs flash 10 times, something went wrong. Please try again.).
 
To assign multiple fixtures to the same address, confirm the same address on all fixtures you want to control simultaneously.
The programming table in the manual of the corresponding fixture shows the fixture-specific controls. In general, the toggle below shows the controls of CLS fixtures. For fixture-specific information, go to the product overview, to download the manual. 
 
Note: CLS fixtures are always programmed on channel 1 by default.
 

> 2.6. CLS DMX ADRESSER UNIT

CLS has a DMX adresser unit available, to easily give your fixtures an address.                                                                                                                                            To read more about the addresser, and how it works, read the DMX addresser unit page. 

> 3. AMOUNT OF CHANNELS NEEDED FOR CLS FIXTURES

> 3.1. Most frequent options

In CLS fixtures, there are a few lighting options that can be chosen.    These are:  

> White light (W)                                                                                                              > Tunable White (2 types of W)                                                                                    > ColourFlow (RGBW or RGBA)

And a few optional channels, to make dimming easier:

> Optional channel, Soft Dim                                                                                       > Optional channel, Master                                                                                          

> Table of CLS LED colour options and amount of channels needed

To program these, you only need to look at the amount of colours. So a fixture that has only white LEDs will need 1 channel, and a fixture that has 4 coloured LEDs will need 4 channels. If you choose to add the Soft Dim option, you will need an extra channel, so with a RGBW fixture, you will need 5 channels to use all of its options. 

Note: the soft dim and master channel always come after the needed amount of channels, so when you have a colourflow fixture, soft dim will be channel 5 and the master channel will be channel 6. 

> 3.3. Programming table channels 1-14 CLS fixtures

To correctly program your fixture you need the right channel. The drop-down below shows the function of every channel for CLS fixtures.

DMX

Function

Data

Parameters

Description

CH1

Set address

001 to 255

0

0 = no change

Use this DMX channel to set an address from 001 to 255. The configured DMX address is called “n”

1…255

DMX address = 1…255

DMX

Function

Data

Parameters

Description

CH2

Set address

256 to 508

0

0 = no change

Use this DMX channel to set an address from 256 to 508. The configured DMX address is called “n”

  1…255

DMX address = 256…508

DMX

Function

Data

Parameters

Description

 

CH3

 

Static

behaviour

0

no change

 

If no DMX is present the fixture will respond like set in this function

1

Last DMX value

2

Output off

3

Load static values

DMX

Function

Data

Parameters

Description

 

CH4

 

Soft dim

0

no change

Soft dim will interpolate between the DMX values. This function makes the dim curve smoother.

1

off

2

on

DMX

Function

Data

Parameters

Description

 

CH5

 

Master

control

0

no change

If master is first channel is selected the channel will be DMX channel “n”. If master is last channel is selected the channel wille be “n+x”

(“x” is calculated in the output patch)

1

no master used

2

master is first channel

3

master is last channel

 

DMX

Function

Data

Parameters

Description

 

CH6

 

Output 1

patch

0

no change

 

Each output channel can be patched to respond to the
desired DMX channel. This enables the user to mix up the colours according to
the controller that is used.

1

DMX channel n

2

DMX channel n+1

3

DMX channel n+2

4

DMX channel n+3

Example: all outputs are patched as 1

All outputs will be controlled by DMX channel “n”. If master is used total DMX channels will be 2, otherwise it uses 1 channel (“x” = 1).

Example: output 1&2 are patched as 1 and 3&4 are patched as 2

Output 1&2 will be controlled by DMX channel “n”. 

Output 3&4 will be controlled by DMX channel “n+1”. 

If master is used total DMX channels will be 3 otherwise it uses 2 channels (“x” = 2).

 

DMX

Function

Data

Parameters

Description

 

CH7

 

Output 2

patch

0

no change

 

Each output channel can be patched to respond to the desired DMX channel. This enables the user to mix up the colours according to the controller that is used.

1

DMX channel n

2

DMX channel n+1

3

DMX channel n+2

4

DMX channel n+3

Example: all outputs are patched as 1

All outputs will be controlled by DMX channel “n”. If master is used total DMX channels will be 2, otherwise it uses 1 channel (“x” = 1).

Example: output 1&2 are patched as 1 and 3&4 are patched as 2

Output 1&2 will be controlled by DMX channel “n”. 

Output 3&4 will be controlled by DMX channel “n+1”. 

If master is used total DMX channels will be 3 otherwise it uses 2 channels (“x” = 2).

DMX

Function

Data

Parameters

Description

 

CH8

 

Output 3

patch

0

no change

 

Each output channel can be patched to respond to the desired DMX channel. This enables the user to mix up the colours according to the controller that is used.

1

DMX channel n

2

DMX channel n+1

3

DMX channel n+2

4

DMX channel n+3

Example: all outputs are patched as 1

All outputs will be controlled by DMX channel “n”. If master is used total DMX channels will be 2, otherwise it uses 1 channel (“x” = 1).

Example: output 1&2 are patched as 1 and 3&4 are patched as 2

Output 1&2 will be controlled by DMX channel “n”. 

Output 3&4 will be controlled by DMX channel “n+1”. 

If master is used total DMX channels will be 3 otherwise it uses 2 channels (“x” = 2).

 

DMX

Function

Data

Parameters

Description

 

CH9

 

Output 4

patch

0

no change

 

Each output channel can be patched to respond to the desired DMX channel. This enables the user to mix up the colours according to the controller that is used.

1

DMX channel n

2

DMX channel n+1

3

DMX channel n+2

4

DMX channel n+3

Example: all outputs are patched as 1

All outputs will be controlled by DMX channel “n”. If master is used total DMX channels will be 2, otherwise it uses 1 channel (“x” = 1).

Example: output 1&2 are patched as 1 and 3&4 are patched as 2

Output 1&2 will be controlled by DMX channel “n”. 

Output 3&4 will be controlled by DMX channel “n+1”. 

If master is used total DMX channels will be 3 otherwise it uses 2 channels (“x” = 2).

DMX

Function

Data

Parameters

Description

 

 CH10

 

Static output 1

0

no change

Each output channel can be set to a static intensity.

If no DMX is present and static behaviour is set to “load static values”. The outputs will be set to the configured intensity values.

1

 

output off

2…255

intensity 2…255

 

 

DMX

Function

Data

Parameters

Description

 

 

CH11

 

 

Static output 2

0

no change

Each output channel can be set to a static intensity.

If no DMX is present and static behaviour is set to “load static values”. The outputs will be set to the configured intensity values.

1

 

output off

2…255

intensity 2…255

 

 

DMX

Function

Data

Parameters

Description

 

 CH12

 

Static output 3

0

no change

Each output channel can be set to a static intensity.

If no DMX is present and static behaviour is set to “load static values”. The outputs will be set to the configured intensity values.

1

 

output off

2…255

intensity 2…255

 

 

DMX

Function

Data

Parameters

Description

 

 

CH13

 

 

Static output 4

0

no change

Each output channel can be set to a static intensity.

If no DMX is present and static behaviour is set to “load static values”. The outputs will be set to the configured intensity values.

1

 

output off

2…255

intensity 2…255

 

 

DMX

Function

Data

Parameters

Description

CH14

Load default settings

0

no change

This function resets all settings to the Factory
setting. Check Factory settings.

1

Load Factory
settings

Factory settings

Address

Static behaviour

Soft dim

Master control

Output patch 1

Output patch 2

Output patch 3

Output patch 4

Static output 1

Static output 2

Static output 3

Static output 4

1

1

Off

Off

1 (R)

2 (G)

3 (B)

4 (W)

255

255

255

255

 

> 4. TRACK AND DMX

When you are going to install DMX-controlled CLS fixtures, there are a number of things that need to be taken into account. These can be found in the manual on every productpage. Below we have summarized a few. 

> 4.1. connecting the ground wire

There is 1 common mistake when connecting the ground wire. We regularly hear that the fixtures on the rails do not work properly, flicker or contain many disturbances. This is often caused by a ‘ground wire loop’. The track is grounded on both sides, creating a loop. The ground on a DMX rail is 1-sided, so it only needs to be connected on 1 side.

> 4.2. maximum amount of fixtures on a rail

In general, it is recommended to connect a maximum of 32 fixtures to a DMX-Universe. In principle, this is no different for track, but to ensure that all fixtures perform optimally, we have looked at our recommended maximum number of fixtures on a rail. This number differs per fixture, and can be found in the manual of the product that will be installed.

> 4.3. inrush current

When all fixtures on a rail are switched on at the same time, the power supply receives a peak load. This peak can be more gradual by means of a current limiter. This limiter prevents your fuses from blowing out by curbing the current above a certain value.

> 4.4 . Max. length track

In addition to a maximum number of recommended fixtures per track, there is also a maximum recommended length for the track itself. This is about 20M. This recommended length is for the data stream that runs through the track. The fixtures are sensitive to disturbances in a track because the data line is straight in it. 

Note: couplers make the disturbances worse. 

> 5. MANUAL

To best install your CLS-fixtures, you can find an instruction manual on every product-page. Choose your product series in the overview, and your product, to download the manual. In the manual you can find the corresponding programming table, and additional information relevant to installation

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