Lutron Electronics has announced that its newest version of its Energi Savr Node control module is the world’s first certified DALI-2 lighting control product. That means specifiers have more freedom than ever in the way they design a lighting system, while users will benefit from new lighting groups and presets.

The DALI-2 standard is the next generation of the Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI) protocol for controlling lighting, managed by the Digital Illumination Interface Alliance (DiiA) global consortium of lighting businesses. The DALI-2 certification brings the promise of significantly improved interoperability as well as additional functionality compared with current DALI (version 1) systems in the market.

Dr. Scott Wade, technical and certification Manager of the DiiA, notes: “The launch of the first DALI-2-certified control device is a major milestone for DALI. This will be the first of many next-generation products that will bring the benefits of the new DALI-2 standard to lighting specifiers and users around the world.”

The Lutron Energi Savr Node is a smart module for controlling lighting in commercial spaces, and can be used on its own or as part of the Lutron Quantum total light management system to control everything from a single building to an entire campus. The latest version of Energi Savr Node is DALI-2 certified, meaning the DALI-2 test results were independently verified by the DiiA before the certification was granted.

David Ribbons, director of sales, Europe and Africa at Lutron Electronics, says: “The launch of the world’s first certified DALI-2 control solution underlines Lutron’s commitment to provide customers with products and technologies that will simplify the specification process. With the new certified DALI-2 Energi Savr Node, customers can for the first time specify an independently verified DALI control solution, giving them confidence that it will operate seamlessly with other certified DALI-2 products.”

With DALI-2, the DALI standard has been broadened to cover more types of products, and testing has been made more detailed to improve interoperability between devices, while maintaining backwards compatibility with existing DALI-compliant devices.

As more certified DALI-2 products come on the market, it will be possible to offer a complete certified DALI-2 system covering luminaires, drivers and controls.