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Here’s a brief overview of the basic wiring topologies and the driver modules for each.  There’s only 4 wiring categories to remember, and the first two are similar, and the last two are similar.

  1. Remote Constant Current
  2. Remote Switched Voltage
  3. Addressable
  4. Addressable with Power Wire

Remote Constant Current
Lights share a driver in the panel.  This is the most common configuration because it puts the driver in the closet panel, where it is easily serviced, and it’s constant current, so there’s no driver circuits of any kind at the light(s).  Lights are just an LED or array of LED chips.  The SIB usually has some communication with the card to tell the card what current setting to use, and more advanced cards can provide additional fault detection, usage odometers, etc.

  • 60W Maximum (or the limit of the specific CC driver model).
  • Typically 1-4 lights per port.
  • Common fixture styles are: downlights, spotlights, panel lights, troffers, and 4ft linear types.
  • Up to 16 devices: SIBs (lights) & Switches.
  • Protocols: 485, CAN, NOP.
  • SIB case or cap is BLUE.
  • Most common card is the “CC2.485.R1”.  This card has 2 drivers for tunable white lights, the RS485 protocol, ReNetA card shape, and the port uses wire configuration #1 (common Anode).
  • Other port wire standards include #2 (independent 2 channel) and #3 (3 and 4 independent channels). For example, use ColorBeam RGBW lights with a NOP.3 driver card.

 

Remote Switched Voltage
48V panel power is switched on/off by this driver.  They can be dimmed and are optimal when paired with strips, or dimmable DC bulbs with drivers inside and screw in or push-in base styles.

Use any AC style fixture WITHOUT an AC/DC driver inside, or remove driver.  This opens up a giant selection of fixtures.  We recommend using our DC bulbs.  Check to see if we have the style you require.  E27 base are the most common.

  • 60W Maximum across all fixtures attached to the port.
  • Common fixture styles are: 48V strip LEDs, screw-in bulb fixtures, poke in bulb fixtures.
  • Up to 16 devices: SIBs (lights) & Switches.
  • Protocols: 485, CAN, NOP.
  • SIB case or cap is ORANGE.
  • Most common card is the “SV2.485.R1”.  This card has 2 channels for 48V tunable white strip lights, the RS485 protocol, ReNetA card shape, and the port uses wire configuration #1 (common Anode).

 

Addressable
Each light has its own drivers and controls at each light fixture. This card safely supplies power to the wire and translates the communication protocol from the PDM to the Port.  Unlike CC and SV cards, device types on the port wire can be mixed, and individually controlled.

  • 60W Maximum when using Cat5/6.
  • Up to 16 devices: SIBs (lights) & Switches.
  • Protocols: 485, CAN, DALI, DMX, KNX, POE, and more.
  • SIB case or cap is GREY.
  • Most common card is the “FV.485.R0”.  This card has the electronic fuse, RS485 protocol, ReNetA card shape, and the port uses wire configuration #0 (single channel).
  • MANY advanced lighting products use this wire configuration, such as Power Over Ethernet (PoE) lighting.

 

Addressable w/Power Wire
This is identical to the Addressable standard above, but run a larger power wire alongside the Cat5.  The Cat5 carries the data and accessory power, and a 16-2 wire brings the power to the fixtures.  This is ideal for high power fixtures and lights including: track lights, ceiling fans, high power strips, track lights.

  • SIB case or cap is GREY and may contain a stripe on the case.
  • Can deliver 300W per 16-2 wire.
  • Connect 16-2 to a 48VDC power supply.

 

Conclusion:

LumenCache ReNetA is the most open and compatible platform for powering and controlling lighting and more.

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