Hi does anybody know of any other lighting communication protocol other than DMX512 and RDM?

I'm currently evaluating protocols and would not want to miss potential candidates.

Thank you.

  • \$\begingroup\$ you have actually googled 'lighting communication protocols' I assume because I'm surprised you've only come up with two. \$\endgroup\$ – JIm Dearden Feb 9 '17 at 13:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ haha, yes of course. That is how i ended with dmx and RDM. Simply trying to get some inputs from experience users. \$\endgroup\$ – BaldDude Feb 9 '17 at 14:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ God did invent Google for a reason. But then, he also invented stack exchange. \$\endgroup\$ – BaldDude Feb 9 '17 at 14:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ There's DALI. The company I work for also has 2 or 3 custom in-house protocols used in different product lines. \$\endgroup\$ – brhans Feb 9 '17 at 18:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ BACnet is also used for lighting. It can run over IP networks too. \$\endgroup\$ – brhans Feb 9 '17 at 18:07

Well there is ACN, specifically S-ACN which was supposed to replace DMX but is kind of complicated.

Then there is Art-Net which is something Artistic License came up with that basically encapsulated DMX in UDP, popular because it is simple (Unlike ACN!) and lets you stuff a lot of DMX down a ethernet link (512 channels starts looking a bit thin when pixel mapping a big display).

That plus DMX deals with the current common ones in entertainment lighting, there are about a dozen other more of less historical ones (PMX, D54, Martin were seen in the UK, and I think Colourtran had something in the US market, then there were the two 0->10V standards (Strand used 0-> -10V, everyone else 0 -> +10V), one wire per channel.

Outside the entertainment game there are some commonly used for architectural work: DALI and DSI, plus some propitiatory ones common in offices and the like.


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