Zumtobel releases DC version of its continuous row lighting system

Zumtobel releases DC version of its continuous row lighting system

Zumtobel, an international supplier of integral lighting products, is seeking to revolutionise the lighting industry with the introduction of a direct current variant of its popular TECTON continuous row lighting system. This move not only promotes the use of DC networks but also unlocks the full potential of renewable energy, the company says.

By harnessing energy from local renewable sources without conversion losses, the TECTON DC continuous-row lighting system is designed to offer companies a more sustainable lighting option. Energy-intensive industrial sectors, in particular, can look forward to up to 4% additional energy savings with the direct current version, Zumtobel states.

When renewable energy sources are used, fluctuations in the mains voltage can never be eliminated. However, industrial plants rely on a fail-safe power supply and reliable lighting to ensure uninterrupted production. TECTON DC can be fitted with a battery buffer and an emergency light function to address this. This means that the light line can compensate for power failures or fluctuations in the mains supply, improving safety in industrial applications.

Like the alternating current version, TECTON DC also offers the option of infinitely variable power tapping along the entire length of the continuous row. A unique safety concept ensures that the assembly and installation of the lighting unit are completely safe, even at a high voltage of 650 volts.

TECTON DC is equally suitable for retrofitting or as a next generation standalone luminaire. Conversion is straightforward, so existing TECTON users can benefit from improved sustainability and safety in their operations with little effort. Only the input source and the light insert need to be adapted. Conversion involves replacing the TECTON ballast with a DC-compatible driver, which processes the input voltage directly and without loss. The track does not need to be replaced, making the upgrade sustainable and future-proof. With TECTON DC, the illuminated sections are potentially extendable and can be continued over more than 50 metres – which Zumtobel believes is a huge advantage, particularly for large industrial sites.

TECTON DC can also be seamlessly integrated into the ecosystem of a building at a digital level. TECTON DC delivers valuable real-time data on lighting performance and power consumption based on the DALI-2 and D4i standards. This information makes it easier to manage buildings digitally and, in keeping with Zumtobel’s concept of ‘human sustainability’, helps to control light in an even more targeted way, protecting resources more efficiently.

As a member of the Open Direct Current Alliance (ODCA), Zumtobel works with key players from industry, science, and research to develop a future-proof power grid based on direct current. This provides Zumtobel with the advantage of technical expertise, which it uses to continually expand its range of DC luminaires.

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