Latest News 2013

  • 11/2013

    The new “Lighting Handbook”

    The concise reference guide “The Lighting Handbook” has been completely revised and reprinted.
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    In the “Lighting Handbook”, practicians will find everything worth knowing about lighting technology and lighting applications. In addition, the Zumtobel Lighting Handbook includes reference values as well as information on lighting control, control gear and emergency lighting, thus facilitating project design.

    » Click here to download the Lighting Handbook..

    The printed version is available from your » nearest Zumtobel contact.

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  • 11/2013

    Configuration of luminaire variants using myPRODUCT

    With immediate effect, Zumtobel makes it possible for you on its website to configure luminaires yourself according to your personal requirements. This means that more than 1,000,000 alternatives are added to the product catalogue.
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    In order to create a custom product variant, simply select the product range required on our website. Then go to the configurator, e.g. “myIYON” for the IYON product range, and from a variety of additional functions choose the options that suit your project requirements best.

    You can then forward the options you have chosen directly to our sales staff, who will be pleased to send you a quotation and answer any questions you may have.

    The following example (in English) based on the IYON LED spotlight demonstrates how easy it is to create your custom luminaire using myPRODUCT.

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  • 10/2013

    Zumtobel research on lighting quality in offices

    With its “The Light.” study, Zumtobel launches one of the most comprehensive user surveys in the history of the organisation.
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    The objective of the global study is to have the lighting quality in offices evaluated by you, the users.
    Your answers will make a valuable contribution. Based on the findings of this study, it will be possible for the very first time to define lighting quality in offices with a focus on users, beyond conformity with relevant standards.

    The survey will not take more than 10 minutes to complete.

    » Click here to go to the survey.

    For each completed questionnaire, Zumtobel will donate € 3 to the » Light for the World charity. We would appreciate if you forward the link to the questionnaire to your friends and acquaintances. Every feedback will count!

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  • 10/2013

    Zumtobel goes social

    Zumtobel is putting the social into social media by involving employees from right across the company in social media activities.
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    This new Social Marketing concept lets employees set the agenda in social media, using a basket of channels to show their professional knowledge and specific experience and to tell the world their Zumtobel story.

    These stories cover the core principles of the Zumtobel brand – knowledge, design, innovation and projects – and support our objective to create the best light for people and the environment.

    Zumtobel are realising their Social Marketing concept through a combination of established social media channels and a high quality international blog and content curation site at »

    This innovative site collects and promotes applied lighting knowledge, bringing together relevant and informative social media content from Zumtobel and trusted third parties.

    Users can read the latest blog entries, post comments, watch videos and find out about Zumtobel activities on the individual social media channels.

    A comprehensive hashtag concept enables lightlive users to quickly and easily find content on specific topics by simply clicking on the relevant hashtag.

    » Twitter: @Zumtobel_Light

    » LinkedIn

    » Vimeo

    » Youtube
    » Google+

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  • 09/2013

    Performing economic efficiency calculations was never easier than with ecoCALC!

    The new version 3.0 of the ecoCALC calculation program allows to copy product information directly from the Zumtobel website using the drag & drop function. Thus it is no longer necessary to enter luminaire data manually when performing economic efficiency calculations.
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    The drag & drop link marked by the ecoCALC Z icon can be found in the online catalogue product information for each article, next to the drag & drop links for export to Dialux and Relux. You can either click the link or drag it to the ecoCALC calculation program in order to import luminaire and component data. More than 16,000 products, luminaires and components are available in the online catalogue in this manner.

    As manual luminaire definition is no longer required for all luminaires and components included in Zumtobel's current online catalogue, analysing lighting solutions becomes more efficient, easier and less prone to errors. Of course, luminaires can still be defined manually.

    In addition to the luminaire's technical data relevant for economic efficiency calculation, such as installed load, lamp type with maintenance characteristics, dimming behaviour or maintenance type, also product images, descriptive text and article numbers are transferred, so that the results of the calculation will become easier to understand and to check.

    ecoCALC's advantage is that it allows analysis not only of individual luminaires, but also of entire lighting solutions, independent of manufacturer and time of construction. Both energy consumption and all costs associated with operating a lighting solution are taken into account.

    Other practical functions of ecoCALC you may not yet know about:
    •    Flexibly adjustable presentation diagrams with improved layout
    •    Solution and product images can be added
    •    Additional product-specific information such as article number or product description can be displayed
    •    Analysis of complex operating scenarios using a variety of lighting scenes or types of use in an extended mode
    •    Additional mode for analysing outdoor lighting
    •    ecoCALC is fully compatible with Windows 8 and all Windows operating systems from Windows XP

    A few more things you should know: ecoCalc...
    •    ....features a wizard mode and extensive contextual help for your convenience.
    •    …supports you in optimising your maintenance cycles and the associated costs.
    •    …analyses whether the required illuminance levels will be maintained over the entire course of the lighting solution's service life and also provides a graphic representation of the results.
    •    ….has so far been downloaded by several thousands of customers.
    •    …contains some 2000 data sets including lamp and control gear characteristics

    Download the latest version of ecoCALC and benefit from the new functions: »

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  • 08/2013

    Call made for ZUMTOBEL GROUP AWARD 2014

    From 1 September until 30 November 2013, projects can be submitted for the architectural award including prize money of a total of EUR 140,000.
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    This is the fourth year that the Zumtobel Group calls for submissions for its 2014 architectural award to enhance quality of life and sustainability in the built environment – the ZUMTOBEL GROUP AWARD – INNOVATIONS FOR SUSTAINABILITY AND HUMANITY IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT.

    From 1 September until 30 November 2013, architecture firms and engineering studios, urban planners and landscape architects, universities and recently established technology companies, NGOs as well as public and private initiatives can submit their current projects.

    Three categories
    The ZUMTOBEL GROUP AWARD is awarded in the following three categories, each presented by one of the international lighting group's three brands:

    • Buildings
    • Urban developments & initiatives
    • Applied innovations

    “Buildings” category by Zumtobel
    In the “Buildings” category presented by the Zumtobel brand, outstanding building projects that have been completed within the last two years (from 30 November 2011 to 30 November 2013) can be submitted. This category includes both new buildings and refurbishing projects. The award-winning project should meet the highest aesthetic demands and also involve innovative solutions for optimised use of resources, environmental protection and the improvement of living conditions. The jury will place a special focus on the application of cutting-edge technologies.

    Curators and awarding of prizes
    As in the previous years, the Zumtobel Group Award 2014 will be curated by Kristin Feireiss and Hans-Jürgen Commerell of Aedes Architekturforum in Berlin. From all the projects submitted, a preliminary jury will select 14 projects per category. The main jury consisting of internationally renowned experts from various disciplines will nominate five projects per category early in summer 2014 and will choose from them one award-winner in each category. The prize award ceremony will take place in autumn 2014.

    For further information on the ZUMTOBEL GROUP AWARD, please refer to

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  • 08/2013

    ISO TC 274 Light & Lighting founded

    On 2 July 2013, the ISO Technical Committee (TC) 274 Light & Lighting was founded in Berlin.
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    18 active and 16 observer countries will in future be responsible for standardisation in the field of applied lighting technology at global level. The aim is to specify global standards for internationally operating companies and organisations using consistent terminology, methods of calculation and procedures in order to facilitate international consulting and understanding.

    The committee is chaired by Martina Paul, CIE Secretary General. Peter Dehoff, Director International Associations and Standards at Zumtobel, is the Austrian representative on the ISO TC 274 Light & Lighting.

    » For more information, please refer to the ISO website

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  • 07/2013

    Sustainability report published by Zumtobel Group

    For the fourth time, the Zumtobel Group has published its annual sustainability report. The sustainability report includes a Magazine section and a Facts section, documenting the advances made in the 2012/13 financial year.
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    The sustainability vision “Through light, we care.” is the basis of all business processes of Zumtobel and the other two brands within the Zumtobel Group – Tridonic and Thorn.

    One example from the current sustainability report: in the 2012/13 financial year, the Zumtobel plant in Dornbirn carried out analyses of its material flow cycles. By increasing the efficiency of resources and materials used and creating sustainable cycles, potential energy savings of EUR 1 million have been opened up at this plant alone.

    In addition to this example, the current report also contains detailed information on the challenges faced as well as the sustainability strategy and the targets achieved in the year under report. Among other things, the report addresses in detail the spheres of quality management, research and development, production and supply chain as well as social commitment.

    75% of all industrial and office lighting in Europe is obsolescent or inefficient
    The report also presents examplary projects and products as well as interesting facts: for instance, 75% of all industrial and office lighting in Europe is obsolescent or inefficient even today.

    The report was published in German and English and takes its lead from the recognised Guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI G3.1). This allows for transparency and makes it possible to compare companies' sustainability achievements.

    Click here to download the Magazine section of the sustainability report.
    » In English
    » In German

    Click here to download the Facts section:
    » In English
    » In German

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  • 06/2013

    Zumtobel to Sponsor Smart Lighting Summit

    Zumtobel a Gold Sponsor at future-driven conference.
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    Endorsed by City of Melbourne, the Australian Smart Lighting Summit will take place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on 5 & 6 August 2013.

    As governments and corporations look to reduce costs and save energy, lighting is becoming a significant area of interest, and a growing opportunity for architects, engineers, electricians and manufacturers of smart lighting solutions. Lighting leaders will communicate the opportunities in smart lighting, present case studies where new technology has been implemented and propose ideas to revolutionize Australia's lighting industry.

    Zumtobel's Technical and Lighting Applications Manager, Graham Whittaker, is a keynote speaker at the event and will deliver a presentation focused on the future of lighting for the Outdoor Built Environment.

    » More information on the Australian Smart Lighting Summit


  • 06/2013

    Zumtobel wins 'Best Stand' at SPARC 2013

    SPARC, the Southern Hemisphere's leading lighting tradeshow, conference and networking event for lighting professionals, took place from 4-6 June alongside the spectacular Vivid Sydney Festival.
    Zumtobel exhibited at SPARC and once again received the honor of "Best Stand", an award we have received each time the event has been held.
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    On display were many new Zumtobel LED innovations in lighting, specifically, the smaller, more interactive lighting solutions such as SUPERSYSTEM, MICROTOOLS and XPO. The opportunity was also taken to demonstrate the brand new 100mm version of the PANOS INFINITY LED downlight platform.

    General illumination was provided by tunable PANOS INFINITY, which not only demonstrated the excellent colour rendition and stability of the product across its various colour temperatures, but also gave an insight into our knowledge of LED usage and lighting quality.  Also on display was an Art & Culture demonstration. Part of which demonstrated the ARCOS LED projectors which were used to frame artwork on the walls.

  • 06/2013
    Lighting Solution

    “Harpa” wins Mies van der Rohe award

    Harpa, the new concert hall and conference centre in Reykjavik, is the winner of this year's Mies van der Rohe award, Europe's most renowned architecture prize. The project includes a very special lighting concept implemented by Zumtobel.
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    On 7 June 2013, the winner of the Mies van der Rohe award was presented in Barcelona. The EUR 60,000 award dedicated to contemporary architecture is granted every two years by the EU Commission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation. This year, the award was given to the Harpa concert hall and conference centre in Reykjavik, which is illuminated by a Zumtobel lighting solution.

    Revitalised harbour
    Since August 2011, congresses, conferences, concerts have been held at “Harpa”, which is also the residence of the Icelandic Opera and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. This makes the building, which incorporates a 1800-seat concert hall and three smaller halls, a cultural highlight also on an international level. One of the reasons the jurors gave for honouring this project was that the building helped revitalise the harbour by providing a better connection to the city.

    The seamless interplay of local and global influences is also reflected by the designers involved: basically, Henning Larsen Architects and Batteríið Architects from Denmark and Iceland, respectively, and acoustics designers from the New-York-based firm Artec Consultants.

    Lighting art and artificial lighting
    Of particular importance for the project was, however, Danish-Icelandic artist Ólafur Elíasson, who created the design for the building's unique glass shell and its illumination, which was implemented in collaboration with Zumtobel, his long-standing expert partner when it comes to lighting solutions. His lighting concept was based on the desire to set the stage for light as a transcendent event where the source of light remains invisible.

    In collaboration with Ólafur Eliasson, Zumtobel developed a new type of luminaire which, thanks to its design and colour, can be integrated nearly invisibly into the façade's prismatic structure, illuminating it with LEDs.

    Five finalists
    “Harpa” came out victorious against the four other finalists: Metropol Parasol in Sevilla, the Ghent Town Hall, Superkilen in Copenhagen and a senior citizens' home in Portugal. The “Emerging Architect Special Mention” prize was awarded to María Langarita and Víctor Navarro for the Nave de Música Matadero (Red Bull Music Academy) in Madrid.

    » Click here to see more details and pictures of this project

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  • 04/2013

    SPARC - International Lighting Event 2013

    Zumtobel to exhibit at SPARC 2013 

    Following our success at the inaugural Australian lighitng exhibition in 2011, Zumtobel will once again be exhibiting at the SPARC International Lighting Event, held on the 4th - 6th June in Sydney.
    In 2011 the Zumtobel stand won awards for the "Best Stand" and "Best Lit Stand"; the 2013 stand promises an interactive, educational and memorable display, featuring industry leading lighting products.
    Find us at Stand 45

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    Reigniting the SPARC in 2013

    SPARC enables participants to see, touch and experience the latest in lighting technology and attend educational seminars and social networking events.
    The potential of spectral power distribution, the use of Social media in the lighting industry, the path and prospects of lighting design, global trends in media facades and media architecture, and the role of light in life and health - these are just some of the presentations during SPARC International Lighting Event 2013 in Sydney this June.

    Zumtobel Lighting, Stand 45
    SPARC 2013
    International Lighting Event
    4th - 6th June
    Overseas Passenger Terminal
    Circular Quay

  • 03/2013

    ''LightGeist'' - Zumtobel's workshop for all lighting practitioners

    Zumtobel Australia's unique "LightGeist" lighting workshop is designed for anyone seeking more knowledge in professional lighting. Since it's inception in 2009, LightGeist has been presented by resident lighting guru (and Technical Manager) Graham Whittaker to over 500 industry members, ranging from architects, interior designs and landscape architects to electrical consultants, lighting designers and government authorities.
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    Zumtobel is a recognised education provider with bodies such as The Australian Institute of Architects and The Design Institute of Australia. We are also seeking formal recognition with other industry bodies. As a result, participants can receive formal recognition of their attendance from their representative body.

    LightGeist aims to give the participant a better understanding of light and lighting. The term "LightGeist" is a play on the German expression "Zeitgeist" (a link to Zumtobel's Germanic origins!) which literally translates as "spirit of the time". LightGeist explores the current spirit of the lighting world. What is new? What is changing? What does the future hold?

    Needless to say our lighting world is changing more rapidly than ever before. New technology such as LED and Lighting Controls have proved massively influential. LightGeist explores these topics and gives participants a hands-on approach - you'll find LEDs are not LEDs! Concurrently, the constant demand to be more and more energy efficient is explored. Many government initiates aim to improve energy-efficiency and while there are indeed many gains to be made, we must also considers the pitfalls of approaching a lighting solution myopically on energy efficiency. Good energy-efficiency should not come at the expense of lighting quality. LightGeist presents a harmonised view of how both lighting quality and energy efficiency, which can exist in unison for the benefit of the end user.

    Starting in Spring 2012, LightGeist will be presented in two formats:

    • LightGeist - a broader, holistic look at lighting, presented in a 1 day workshop
    • LightGeist App - a half day workshop (3 hours) focused on lighting for various application areas

    Below you can download the calendar of upcoming workshops and an overview of both formats.

    If you are interested in attending, please email [email protected] or call your Zumtobel Lighting Account Manager.

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  • 03/2013

    Zumtobel wins two “red dot design awards”

    Prize-winning LED luminaires: SFERA and DISCUS Evolution
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    Two Zumtobel products have won the “red dot award: product design 2013”: the SFERA free-standing LED luminaire and the DISCUS Evolution LED spotlight system could not fail to impress the jury thanks to their outstanding product design. These innovative products are exemplary for successful design based on users' requirements.

    With the SFERA free-standing LED luminaire, Zumtobel sets new standards – especially with respect to adjustability and individual lighting quality. But SFERA's energy efficiency is impressive as well, thanks to a combination of the adaptive SENSCONTROL III lighting management system and the innovative SWARMCONTROL technology used for the first time in SFERA, which allows the configuration of the luminaires into a swarm without any additional software, providing for quick adjustment to altered room layouts.

    Click here for more information:  »

    DISCUS Evolution
    The DISCUS Evolution LED spotlight system results from further development of an existing luminaire and cannot fail to impress on account of its perfectly matched light source and optic. The spotlight's flat design is now even more contemporary and minimalist. The delicate yet robust design of the spotlight created by the internationally renowned Vienna-based EOOS design studio was created for accent lighting and the sales-boosting presentation of goods.

    Click here for more information: »

    This year, 1,865 manufacturers, designers and architects submitted a total of 4,662 products. The awards will be handed over and celebrated at the red dot gala at the Aalto Theater in Essen on 1 July 2013, in the presence of international guests, among them designers, business experts, politicians and media representatives. The prize-winning products will then be on display at the red dot design museum for four weeks.

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  • 03/2013

    Zumtobel to host ArchiTECH

    On the 14th of March, Zumtobel is hosting ArchiTECH; a project based CPD event organised by the Australian Institute of Architects.
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    ArchiTECH presents a case study of the Australian War Memorial project.

    Kiong Lee from JPW will present the project from concept to its award winning result. Following this we will hear from some of the manufacturers and consultants in regards to their collaboration in making this project a success.

    Attendees will receive three formal CPD points.

    Where:    Zumtobel Light Centre
                    333 Pacific Highway
                    North Sydney
    When:    Thursday 14th March
                    9am - 12pm

    For further information, costs and registration please visit the AIA website.

  • 02/2013

    Interested in learning Dialux?

    Zumtobel hosts regular day-long training sessions on DIALUX, free lighting design software. As recognised education providers with the Australian Institute of Architects, Dialux Training by Zumtobel attracts up to 5 formal CPD points in the design category. Training sessions are run on-demand by our inhouse Lighitng Solutions Department.
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    DIALUX is simple, effective and professional light planning software including thorough energy evaluation. It can be used for all application areas, including outdoor scenes. DIALUX EVO is soon to be released, an evolution of this popular product. DIALUX EVO boasts the ability to plan whole buildings with real time tuning of light scenes, as well as a simpler and more powerful user interface.

    To enquire about DIALUX Training, please email [email protected] or contact your » Zumtobel Lighting Account Manager.

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  • 02/2013

    Energy consumption over service life – a comparison

    Zumtobel uses product-specific environmental product declarations (EPD) to document the environmental impact of its products. This makes it easy to compare products, provides transparency with respect to the substances used and allows continuous product improvement.
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    EPDs are product-specific environmental datasheets verified by independent testing institutes that document a product's environmental impact over its entire service life, resulting in enhanced product comparability.

    Comparison between MELLOW LIGHT V LED (52 W) and MELLOW LIGHT V TC-L (55 W)
    The example shown in the diagram illustrates the progress in product development. Although slightly more energy is required for manufacturing the LED model, it becomes apparent that the overall environmental impact of the LED luminaire – due to its reduced power consumption – is lower than that of the comparable luminaire featuring conventional lamp technology, if the utilisation period is taken into account.

    Basis of calculation
    Primary energy consumption* is calculated from the energy required for raw materials and their processing, transport by truck to the customer over a distance of 1500 km and a utilisation period of 15 years in a typical office application, based on the European energy mix.

    Click here to view the EPDs of the two products:

    * Primary energy consumption
    The term primary energy is used in the power industry to denote the energy that is available using natural forms of energy or energy sources such as coal, gas or wind. In Europe, roughly 3.3 kWh of primary energy are needed to generate 1 kWh of electricity.

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  • 02/2013

    DISCUS Evolution LED spotlight system wins iF gold award

    On 22 February 2013 in Munich, as many as four products by Zumtobel received 2013 iF product design awards.
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    At the second iF design awards night held at Munich's BMW World, four Zumtobel products received an iF product design award.
    The DISCUS Evolution LED spotlight system, the ELEVO LED spotlight, the PAN recessed LED luminaire and the ONLITE PURESIGN 150 escape sign luminaire could not fail to impress the jury thanks to their outstanding product design and efficient lighting technology.

    iF gold award for LED spotlight system
    The DISCUS Evolution LED spotlight system won the coveted iF gold award. Entries included a total of 3011 products submitted by 1920 competitors. 981 of these products have won an award. 75 of all award winners were also given an iF gold award during the awarding ceremony.

    DISCUS Evolution
    The DISCUS Evolution LED spotlight system results from further development of an existing luminaire and cannot fail to impress on account of its perfectly matched light source and optic. The spotlight's flat design is now even more contemporary and minimalist. The delicate yet robust design of the spotlight created by the internationally renowned Vienna-based EOOS design studio was created for accent lighting and the sales-boosting presentation of goods.

    The spotlight's innovative thermal management using a passive cooling system with radial fins is an integral part of the design concept. DISCUS Evolution is available with a black or white housing and suitable both for installation on tracks and for recessed installation.

    » Read more on DISCUS Evolution

    » Click here for more information on Zumtobel's prize-winning products

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  • 02/2013

    New Zumtobel video “Your Light in a World of Change”

    A short video on Zumtobel's vision and application know-how
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    In times of technological, economic and social changes, our living and working spaces are permanently changing. Zumtobel has therefore identified the need for a new quality of light and produced a new video focussing on the company's vision to provide perfect light for people and the environment.

    It impressively demonstrates Zumtobel's application know-how based on the leading actor's daily routine.

    » Watch the video and see for yourself!

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  • 01/2013

    New DIMLITE design app for iPad

    DIMLITE is the ideal first step into the world of intelligent lighting management. The corresponding Zumtobel DIMLITE app is a free and easy-to-use design tool for electricians and electrical consultants.
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    DIMLITE, a simple lighting control system for individual rooms, was developed to facilitate the first step into lighting management, providing core functions such as dimming, lighting scenes, presence-based and daylight-based lighting management.

    The free Zumtobel DIMLITE iPad app quickly provides answers to questions such as:
    •    How do I meet the room user's lighting demands?
    •    Which control unit is appropriate for my purpose?
    •    How do I connect the individual components?

    As a result, the DIMLITE app produces a pdf file that includes the schematic circuit diagram and a parts list. Only a few steps are necessary to obtain this file:

    1.    Select the number of luminaire groups, luminaires per group and control signal (DALI or DSI).

    2.    Specify whether the component is to be installed in a switch cabinet or recessed into the ceiling (depends on the number of luminaire groups).

    3.    Is daylight-based lighting management required?

    4.    Design of schematic circuit diagram based on possible functions.

    The app also includes practical guidelines providing information on the functions and commissioning of DIMLITE, together with examples of how and why to use DIMLITE. The app is available in German, English, French, Italian, Dutch and Spanish.

    » Click here to download the app

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