Here's a break down of what you need to know about Colorbeam product framework.
Luminaries can be connected to to each other in a daisy chain. The amount of Luminaries that can be connected on the same load depends of the type of Luminaries used. LED tapes on the other hand, should be installed in parallel.
Luminaries and LED tapes need to be connected to a DMX driver. This is what powers and controls the lights. Luminaries use RJ45 connectors with CAT5/CAT6 cables, while LED tapes can use just about any wire (but preferably a 16 gauge or 12 gauge for very long distances). Keep in mind that the gauge of the wire being used determines how much distance between the light source and the DMX driver you can have. (More about this in the Wiring and LED Tape Installation section).
DMX drivers are then configured to listen to a specific DMX address. This is done on the DMX driver itself using the buttons and LCD screen on the device. Multiple DMX drivers and devices can be connected together, but there can only be one Master device. Having multiple master devices on the same DMX bus can cause conflicts, and thus not recommend. Also, it is recommend to use a DMX amplifier when you install more than 5 devices. The DMX amplifier helps keep the DMX signal clean since the DMX cable itself isn't braided.
The CBNA Processor, our master DMX device, is what is in charge of sending values to the DMX drivers, which in turn will activate the light sources. This also means that the CBNA Processor needs to also be connected to the DMX bus. To be able to do this, the CBNA Processor need to be configured so it is aware of all the Luminaries and DMX drivers currently on the DMX bus (there is no auto-discovery with DMX, each Luminaries and DMX drivers needs to be entered manually in it's configurator). The CBNA Processor also connects to a LAN to provide a web interface. This web interface is what will allows you to configure and control the light sources by selecting colors and creating lighting scenes. More about this in the Processor section.
Once your Luminaries are connected to a DMX driver, the DMX driver are configured and connected to a DMX bus and a CBNA Processor shares the same DMX bus and is connected to a LAN, you may now integrate with 3rd party systems like Control 4, Lutron & Crestron.
Advantage of Low Voltage Lighting
Class 2 low voltage LED fixtures, powered by 48 volts or less, offers a wide range of benefits for all residential, commercial, industrial and many other markets. A core benefit, low energy consumption and operating cost. In fact, LED lights consume 80% less energy than incandescent and last 50 times longer. Small footprint, high light output, tuning of white temperatures, color and flicker free dimming make CBNA lighting the ideal solution in so many applications.
Better color rendering
CBNA products also guaranty color rendering. This insures that you always get the desired color from the available 16 million colors available on our color palette.
Less hazardous chemicals
LED do not contain hazardous chemicals such as Mercury. Mercury is a hight toxic chemical that is know to have detrimental effects on people exposed to it and can cause environmental contamination if leaked in ground waters.
Here are some comparisons with more traditional lighting solutions;
|CBNA RGB LED FIXTURES Watts / Lumens||Halogen LIGHT BULBS||COMPACT FLUORESCENT (CFLs)|
|Wattage||9 Watts / 254 lm||35 Watts||6 Watts|
|18 Watts / 586 lm||50 Watts||13 Watts|
|36 Watts / 1021 lm||100 Watts||18.75 Watts|
|Life Spam||50,000 hours||1,200 hours||8,000 hours|
|Hazardous material||No||No||Yes 5mg mercury/bulb|
|Heat Emitted||Low (3 btu's / hour)||High (85 btu's / hour)||Med (15 btu's / hour)|
Safety and compliance. Colorbeam products are UL listed, UL pending, CE, FCC certified and title 24 compliant in California. Certifications for all of our products can be found on the individual ‘Specification Sheets’ available on our website at www.colorbeamnorthamerica.com