With the innovative features built into every room controller, building lighting control is easier, simpler and reduces installation risk. The below comparisons are made between zencontrol Room controller and other manufacturers DALI gateways. Times are based on the commissioning job by an agent/ engineer and not the installation by the electrician.
Zencontrol – next Generation Light Management
The Room controller represents a significant paradigm shift within lighting control. Building upon traditional LCM and DALI Gateways, the Room controller makes a generational jump.
Full featured and controllable
Out of the box the room controller is designed to work, however a commissioning agent can tailor the product to work for almost any custom requirement.
Time taken to setup a full DALI line with 10 rooms, 2 switches / room and 2 sensors / room in absence or presence mode
Time to address and arrange a full DALI line.
Time to make 1’000 changes on a DALI line, including connecting/ getting the current value and writing value
Replace / Repair
Time to setup a single DALI fitting after failure, including adding to group and allowing switch and sensor control.
Fixed Loads? No Problem!
Every channel on the Room controller can be toggled to act as a fully complaint DALI relay. This relay can be used to control other non-DALI loads, seamlessly integrating their control with other DALI products. The Room controller will automatically detect non-DALI loads and automatically setup them up associating the control to the previous channel.
Commissioning errors sorted
Issues associated with duplicate DALI addresses, which can be caused when relocating fittings, pre-addressed devices or poorly designed products are automatically fixed with zencontrol. The original device will retain its address while the newly added device will be moved to the next free location, reducing the time spent fault finding.
The Room controller groups and sets up the rooms automatically, allowing the lighting, switches and sensors to work out of the box. Switches and sensors can work in absence or presence, with time outs of 10 / 15 / 25 / 30 minutes, without a commissioning agent. Throughout its entire lifespan, any additional or replaced products will also be addressed, grouped and setup automatically reducing downtime and expensive call out fees.
No more running around, zencontrol products address DALI devices automatically and is complete before you even need it. Add additional fittings at any time knowing they will be addressed and added to the system.
With the zencontrol room controller, wiring becomes simpler and easier. Compared to traditional LCM wiring, less custom lead lengths are required making installation for the luminaire manufacturer and the installer easier. For each room simply connect all light fittings, sensors, switches and emergency lighting together and back into a single channel on the Room controller.
Wiring the Room controller could not be easier.
The zencontrol roomcontroller advantage
Control systems take a long time to set up and commission, the solution: zencontrol does all the hard parts. Save time, money and reduce risk with the automatic setup features in zencontrol products. Our smart controllers make light work of the tasks which burden installers.
Random addressing of luminaires
Scanning settings from luminaires, switches and sensors
Readdressing new devices
Fixing address conflict
Setup of switches and sensors
Grouping of Rooms
Syncing data changes made by the installer / users
5…10⁺ mins per 64 fittings
2…10 mins per 64 fittings
2…10 mins per 64 fittings
2⁺ mins per fitting
2⁺ mins per fitting
5…10⁺ mins per group
1…10⁺ mins dependent on text
Logical Numbering, automatic
The Room controller makes your job easier by sequentially numbering all devices found in a room, even after you add more devices. Sequential numbering makes the process of commissioning and fault finding easier.
Build to Integrate
A modern building requires many building services to be connected. zencontrol makes integration easy with several supported methods:
▪ RS232 connections
▪ Modbus over IP
▪ BACnet over IP (server)
▪ Volt free I/O (low level triggers)
▪ Cloud based API
▪ KNX over IP
Additionally, as BACnet, Modbus and KNX support is at the application controller level, no additional controller between the lighting control system and BMS is required. This reduces cost, increases speed and removes the risk of a single point failure.
Shorts can happen: the DALI ballast or drivers can short the DALI line or poor wiring or setup can lead to a DALI line short. Finding a DALI short is a timely process which can sometimes leave the lights uncontrollable for some time.
The zencontrol room controller is able to identify the room in which a short is present and isolate it from the rest of the DALI line. This significantly reduces the fault-finding time and leaves all other rooms operational.