Helvar says it has brought new scalability to its intelligent wireless lighting control solution ActiveAhead, through an upgrade to its ActiveAhead Node Advanced. The upgrade has resulted in the ability to connect to DALI devices; thus, the benefits of ActiveAhead can now be brought into new types of applications and use cases utilising DALI addressing.

Helvar ActiveAhead Node Advanced can connect and control individual DALI luminaires and selected Helvar DALI devices such as sensors and relays. With these additions, the easiness of ActiveAhead can be brought to new application areas such as warehouses, new types of offices, retail, and many others.

Adding the DALI addressing capability to Node Advanced enables new use cases and makes the setup options more flexible. In addition, Node Advanced will recognise the connected DALI devices on the DALI line and provides each of them with an individual address. This new capability enables the possibility to tune light output levels individually on the load level. You may, for example, have different types, shapes and sizes of luminaires connected to the Node Advanced and still have the desired overall lighting in the space. You can also have wall panel scenes which recall different output levels for the luminaires allowing you to have, for example, presentation mode with near screen lights dimmed lower or off. ActiveAhead Node Advanced also creates exciting opportunities with DALI lighting tracks on which spotlights are often needed to be individually tuned to achieve the desired illumination in the space.

Furthermore, this new version of Node Advanced includes support for Helvar system sensors. Several system sensors can be connected to one Node Advanced if the space so requires, making the solution even more flexible. Moreover, having the individual addresses visible via the ActiveAhead mobile app makes troubleshooting convenient. For example, in case there are wiring faults or broken devices on the DALI line, it will be faster to find and correct them when the devices can be individually identified.