For installations where each individual light may be controlled separately and adjustments are only made occasionally, ART Centric Lighting offers two control options: up-to-date Bluetooth technology or traditional on-board manual control.
Bluetooth (BT) is a wireless transmission standard widely used today because it is commonly found in mobile phones. Its success mainly stems from its ease of use. It does not require a Wi-Fi network, can potentially be used anywhere without needing passwords, and does not require special devices. ART Centric Lighting units may be remotely controlled using a smartphone or tablet (with Android or Apple operating system) after installing a free app called CASAMBI.
The devices are immediately coupled and it is easy to control the lighting parameters of each fixture remotely.
Besides the ease of use and modernness of the technology, the Bluetooth system is particularly suitable for situations where the units to be controlled are not easily accessible.
The unit parameters (brightness and/or colour temperature) may be controlled using a knob on the fixture. It is a highly conventional user-friendly control system, which does not require any additional devices. However, it is only practical when the unit is installed in an easily accessible place, or when you think you will only rarely need to change the lighting parameters.
Museum lighting very often has a central control system, which allows you to control the whole installation or individual lights. These systems also allow users to program a certain number of preset scenes. This is a modern approach which simplifies the work of architects and museum curators while preparing an exhibition and during its daily management. In this case, the lights and control system are cabled up to each other in a network through which the control protocol is transmitted. ART Centric Lighting provides two alternative options for museums with this need: the DALI system or the DMX system.
Digital Addressable Lighting Interface, or more simply DALI, is a communication protocol designed specifically for digital lighting control. It is commonly used for decorative or functional lighting systems, where frequent parameter changes are not required and there is no need to update the status of lights quickly. The units have to be fitted with a special power supply unit so they may be controlled using this protocol. An external control device is connected up via cable or via an electrified track. You do not have to worry about the phase or polarity of the mains voltage.
DALI offers three addressing options: broadcast, group and single device, and up to 16 scenes may be stored in the power supply units.
DMX512, often called DMX for short (Digital MultipleX), is a digital communication standard used to control multiple lights from a single console. It is the system chosen for stage lighting because, besides being technically reliable, it also has the advantage of being able to control countless parameters, which can change very quickly. The user may also program the addresses of each unit using software and then quickly reconfigure the system layout, thus avoiding costly rewiring. You also need specially set-up units for DMX protocol, as well as a daisy chain connection network and a special control console. Thanks to its versatility, the DMX standard is also fairly successful in museum lighting, especially for extremely complex installations, where changes are frequent and the museum can count on an expert lighting technician.