The DALI protocol was first drafted in the late 1990’s and has undergone revisions as it evolved. The key tenet of DALI is interoperability, and DALI 2 helps fill the gaps in the original standard. DALI 2 adds new features, brings standardisation of control devices including the recent addition of input devices, whilst maintaining backwards compatibility.
2. Improvements and additions
2.1 Parts 101 & 102 restructured
There are many improvements in the new version including several new commands and features. For the first time, IEC 62386 includes standardisation of control devices. To accommodate this, changes were necessary in parts 101 and 102 to ensure there would be a clean split between system requirements in part 101 and control gear requirements in part 102. Part 103 of the standard introduces general requirements for control devices.
|Revision of part 101: General requirements - System|
|Revision of part 102: Control gear|
|New part 103: Control devices|
2.2 Control device standardisation - Application controllers & input devices
Publication of part 103, General requirements - control devices, also enabled further standardisation on specific parts for control devices. The roadmap outlines the first standardisation of input devices – a type of control device that provides information - an input - to the system. Another type of control device known as an application controller, can use the information provided by input devices and other sources to allow them to make decisions and send commands to control gear.
Application controllers can operate as single masters or multi-masters. The bus communication requirements for both types are described in part 103. Input devices are multi-masters, but are also capable of operating in a mode where they are simply polled by application controllers.
Highlights from part 103 can be seen in the table above.
2.3 Backwards compatibility
The changes introduced in DALI 2 are designed to improve interoperability, including situations such as replacing existing control gear with DALI 2 compliant control gear, or using DALI 2 compliant control devices with DALI 1 control gear. This backwards compatibility is described in the FAQ.
3. Status & roadmap
3.1 Current publications
New editions of existing parts of the standard – version 2 of parts 101 (system) and 102 (control gear) were published in November 2014, at the same time as the new part 103, bringing in standardisation of control devices for the first time. The first input device parts - 301 to 304 - were published in February 2017. Due to copyright, the standard cannot be shared but can be purchased from national standards organisations in most countries, or from the IEC webstore.
3.2. Planned publications
Several new parts are currently being written. These include new input devices, including parts for rotaries (relative input devices) and feature extensions (feedback and manual configuration). New parts for control gear are also being written, including features such as load shedding/demand response, lamp and gear thermal information, and power measurement.
Experts from the lighting industry make up the project team responsible for authoring, reviewing and editing the IEC 62386 standards. These experts come from various companies worldwide. To nominate an expert to join this project team, please contact the IEC national committee representative for your region.
4. Compliance testing & licensing
4.1. DALI compliance & trademark use
To ensure a high level of interoperability of products designed to IEC 62386, DALI sets the requirements for compliance and use of the trademarks. See the following pages:
4.2. DALI 2 compliance
With DALI 2, a new licensing process is being introduced. This provides some additional requirements:
- Test results shall be provided to DALI for approval. This will initially be a manual process, but later will be automated by use of a licence web-server.
- Product licences shall be purchased before the product can be approved.
- Approved products are publically listed in a DALI 2 product database. Provided the product entry in this database is visible to the public, the use of the DALI 2 trademark on the product is granted.
NOTE: Until the DALI 2 licensing process starts, use of the DALI 2 trademark is strictly not allowed.
An overview of this process is shown below: