Here's a break down of what you need to know about the Colorbeam product framework.
Recessed luminaries can be connected to each other in a daisy chain. The amount of Luminaries that can be connected on the same load depends of the type of recessed luminaries used. LED tapes on the other hand, should be installed in parallel.
Recessed luminaries and LED tapes need to be connected to a driver with a built in DMX decoder. This is what powers and controls the lights. Recessed luminaries use a RJ45 connector with a category cable, 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).
Drivers with built in DMX decoders are 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 Gateway, is our master DMX device, the Gateway 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 Gateway needs to also be connected to the DMX bus. To be able to do this, the Gateway configures all DMX devices on the bus with there individual address. The Gateway connects through the ethernet port and also sits on the network. This web interface is what allows you to configure and control the light sources by selecting colors and creating lighting scenes. More about this in the Gateway section.
Once your Luminaries are connected to a DMX driver, the DMX driver are configured and connected to a DMX bus and a Gateway 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 carbon footprint, high light output, tuning of white temperatures, color and flicker free dimming make Colorbeam Lighting the ideal solution in so many applications.
Better color rendering
Colorbeam Lighting products offer a huge selection of color pallets, up to 16 million options. This insures that you always get the desired color.
Less hazardous chemicals
LED does not contain hazardous chemicals such as Mercury. Mercury is a hight toxic chemical that is known to have detrimental effects on people who were exposed to it and can cause environmental contamination if leaked in ground waters.
Here are some comparisons with more traditional lighting solutions;
|Colorbeam 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 Span||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)|
Colorbeam products are UL listed, CE, FCC certified and title 24 compliant for California. Certifications for all of our products can be found on the individual ‘Specification Sheets’ available on our website at www.colorbeamlighting.com