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KNX vs DALI

DALI is a well known commercial Lighting control protocol that can be used with or independent to KNX. DALI allows the addressing of individual ballasts in lines of 64 devices for measures of light level control & reporting. For many years DALI has been a good solution for commercial projects but studies have questioned the cost benefit of using DALI and this is where KNX comes in.


Advantages of DALI

  • Simple topology with no radial circuit requirements
  • Requires less distribution board space
  • Allows smooth dimming curves

Disadvantages of DALI

  • Estimates vary between 50-100% increase in cost of DALI over traditional phase dimming
  • DALI is not as simple to commission, test and fault find
  • DALI products are not tested for conformity
  • DALI is ‘send and forgot’ meaning there is no fail safe for a lost ‘telegram’ (command)
  • Often complex management systems

KNX offers much of the the same functionality as DALI systems but without the need to individually address each Light fixture meaning a huge cost saving from the absence of specialist ballasts per fitting and labour to address same. KNX focuses on the inputs (Switches, Sensors, Thermostats) and controls the corresponding outputs as banks of fittings. For example each row in a Classroom setting could be a separate dimming circuit controlled by a multi channel light sensor (for Daylight Harvesting). KNX also allows for expansion beyond lighting, for example: HVAC control, Audio/Visual, Security, Remote Access and end-user visualisation.

Utilising KNX in your project as a direct replacement for DALI can offer serious savings whilst allowing a greater level of control and a more secure setup however the option to integrate DALI within a KNX system is rapidly becoming the choice of specifiers. This configuration provides the full suite of functionality and control including the ability to dynamically check ballast, lamp and battery state in luminaires for the purpose of maintenance.

For more info on DALI get in touch or have a look at our product offering below:

  • Zennio DALIBOX, KNX-DALI Broadcast Interface, 1 Channel
    Zennio DALIBOX, KNX-DALI Broadcast Interface, 1 Channel
    £357.00 + VAT
  • Zennio DALIBOX, KNX-DALI Broadcast Interface, 6 Channel
    Zennio DALIBOX, KNX-DALI Broadcast Interface, 6 Channel
    £261.00 + VAT
  • Zennio DALIBOX, KNX-DALI Broadcast Interface, 4 Channel
    Zennio DALIBOX, KNX-DALI Broadcast Interface, 4 Channel
    £222.00 + VAT
  • Theben KNX DALI Gateway Interface
    Theben KNX DALI Gateway Interface
    Product on sale
    £368.40 + VAT
  • Theben theRonda S360-110 DALI UP WH
    Theben theRonda S360-110 DALI UP WH
    Product on sale
    £101.52 + VAT
  • Theben theRonda P360-330 DALI UP WH
    Theben theRonda P360-330 DALI UP WH
    Product on sale
    £149.30 + VAT
  • Theben theRonda P360-110 DALI UP WH
    Theben theRonda P360-110 DALI UP WH
    Product on sale
    £119.44 + VAT
  • Theben thePrema S360 DALI UP WH
    Theben thePrema S360 DALI UP WH
    Product on sale
    £147.82 + VAT
  • Theben PlanoSpot 360 DALI Recessed Presence Detector
    Theben PlanoSpot 360 DALI Recessed Presence Detector
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    £289.70 + VAT


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