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sunDial quad wins PLASA Innovation Gold Award

sunDial quad wins PLASA Innovation Gold Award

UK – sunDial quad, the new trailing edge mains dimmer from Artistic Licence, has received the coveted Gold accolade at the 2019 PLASA Awards for Innovation. With outstanding dimming performance and advanced safety features, sunDial quad is set to trigger a conceptual shift in the perceived suitability of dimmable LED replacement bulbs for the professional market.

sunDial quad is unlike any trailing edge mains dimmer currently found on the market. The product offers a professional DMX512/RDM (or optionally Xicato wireless) controlled solution, with advanced safety features. There are four channels, each providing 250W (or up to 500W per pair), more than ample for LED, but also suitable for crossover markets that might have legacy incandescent technology.

The product works 'out of the box' with dimmable replacement LED bulbs (also dimmable incandescent or CFL sources). Performance is optimised through the selection (via RDM) of one of four editable dimming curves on a per-channel basis.

sunDial quad will trigger a conceptual shift in the perceived suitability of dimmable LED replacement bulbs for the professional market. Previously, the lack of a credible dimmer for this type of fixture represented a barrier to their widespread adoption. Now, the industry can be confident that switching over to this convenient and eco-friendly form of illumination will not compromise the ability to dim smoothly to low light levels – essential for control over theatre and cinema house lights, bars and restaurants etc.

The quality of dimming achievable with sunDial quad is one of its major selling points. The product’s ultra-high resolution internal dimming allows the small window of useable LED lamp dimming response to be spread out over the entire DMX512 level range. Pre-defined dimming curves can be selected via RDM on a per channel basis; there are currently four profiles that should suit most generic fixture types. Artistic Licence has also built a free database of lamp-specific dimmer curve files that are automatically generated by an in-house photometric analyser. For ultimate control, customers can edit dimming curves and upload files (using DMX-Workshop, AL's free software management tool) to perfectly match chosen lamps. The ability to upload custom dimming curves on each of the outputs makes sunDial a true ‘multi-tasker’, removing the need for multiple dimmers.

sunDial quad has been designed to be extremely resilient, with intelligent features that reduce ongoing maintenance needs. Active derating ensures that the product scales back if it approaches its maximum operating temperature. When the internal temperature sensors detect that it has cooled sufficiently, full operation is resumed. Self-healing outputs shut down in response to over-current, short-circuit and over-temperature situations. Normal operation resumes without user intervention when the fault has passed.

The standard product, is controlled via DMX512/RDM. We also offer a product variant which incorporates Xicato GalaXi technology. This allows wireless control, which is particularly suitable for heritage buildings and retrofit applications where the installation of new data cabling would be problematic. The Xicato product merges radio and DMX data on an HTP basis.

In the words of the judges: “The product solves innumerable dimming problems in one box with multiple programmable dimming curves being the icing on the cake, it is as versatile as an egg and we can say goodbye to load lamps.”

Product feature summary

  • DIN Rail or surface mount trailing edge mains dimmer

  • DMX512/RDM controlled

  • Xicato GalaXi wireless control optional

  • Scene playback and programmable data loss mode

  • Compatible with dimmable LED replacement bulbs, perfect for ‘dim-to-warm’ fixtures

  • Also suitable for dimmable CFL and incandescent sources

  • 4 outputs, 250W per circuit (or bridge mode provides 500W per pair of outputs)

  • Pre-installed with 4 editable dimming curves, selectable on a per output basis

  • lightSense accessory enables customers to generate bespoke dimming curve for any lamp

  • LED indication for DMX/RDM/playback, power, identify, outputs and fault conditions

  • Convection cooled with active derating

  • RDM sensors for temperature, frequency and power

  • Automatic heat and current management

  • CAT III rated for installation directly into distribution boards

  • Generator tolerant design: stable operation in marine applications

sunDial quad wins PLASA Innovation Gold AwardsunDial quad wins PLASA Innovation Gold Award

20th November 2019

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