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21. February 2017
Lighting Technology ›

In lighting design, when working independently of any manufacturer interests, one is often faced with the question of which product to use for a desired application. The technical requirements are, of course, defined in the plans but still the question remains: which manufacturer has the best product with the best price/performance ratio? On the market there are numerous similar products whose differences it is very difficult to recognize.

07. December 2016
Software ›

DIALux catalogue updates:

abalight, Arlight, ASTZ, Bright Special Lighting, Castaldi, Dextra, EATON, Endo, ESYLUX, Fagerhult Belysning, Gewiss, Glamox...

07. December 2016
Software ›

In the new version, DIALux evo 7, which will be released in the spring of 2017, it will be possible, for the very first time, to import IFC files....

07. December 2016
Smart Building Design ›

The »Apartimentum« in Hamburg is a residential development of technically sophisticated luxury apartments behind a late nineteenth century (Gründerzeit) façade. The investor Lars Hinrichs is offering fully networked »Flat rate Living« – at monthly rents in the four-to five-digit range with Nest thermostats, IP-controlled water faucets, push notification when mail is deposited in the letter box and a front door which is opened via bluetooth from the smartphone. There is also talk of energy saving of »up to 30%«, but it is comfort, security and exclusivity which is in the foreground. The message is ambivalent because it encourages the latent prejudice that smart buildings are a luxury which we can do without.

18. November 2016
Software ›

DIALux catalogue updates:

ABB DTS, Airfal International, ASMETEC, ASTZ, Aura Light, Bright Special Lighting, Collingwood, EATON, Eaton's Crouse-Hinds...

19. October 2016
Software ›

DIALux catalogue updates:

Airfal International, Ares, ASMETEC, ASTZ, Bright Special Lighting, Collingwood, DEFA, Dextra, Dialight, EATON,...

Everyone has heard of BIM (Building Information Model) and everyone talks about it. Yet not everyone knows what it is exactly nor do we know that it will mean for planners and their work in the future. Here are a few answers to frequently asked questions about BIM. BIM is not a software; BIM is not a data format; BIM is not new; BIM does not work only in buildings; BIM is not a solution to all problems in the building sector; and yes, it is possible to construct buildings successfully without BIM.

14. September 2016
Software ›

DIALux catalogue updates:

abalight, Appleton, Arlight, Artemide, ASMETEC, ASTZ, Ateljé Lyktan, Aura Light, Bright Special Lighting, Collingwood,...

The Zigbee function protocol is used primarily in private buildings, and several articles by professionals in the field describe both its benefits and drawbacks. But what is the situation when Zigbee is used in non-residential buildings? DIAL provides the »Troubleshooting« service on site which draws on many years of experience in the field of building automation. The following concrete example of a lighting installation in a non-residential building illustrates the procedure when tracing errors (troubleshooting).

14. September 2016
Lighting Design ›

Within a period of just a few years the LED has become the dominant artificial light source and has taken over in nearly all fields of lighting. We have witnessed a disruptive change which has made any previous technology obsolete. How much further will this trend go? What is an LED capable of and what is it not able to do and where do we find »ecological niches« for non-semiconductor light sources?

29. August 2016
Lighting Design ›

Exactly five years ago, in August 2011, a new version of EN 2464-1 for lighting in work places was released. This new version added new criteria and procedures to the previous version. The question is, however, whether these innovations have proved their worth. After our experience with this standard how do we assess it today?