All the best-selling LED street lighting fixtures of AEC Illuminazione are Zhaga-D4i Luminaire certified. AEC Illuminazione has become part of the Zhaga consortium and its street lighting fixtures have aligned themselves with the recent rules imposed by the consortium, obtaining the very important Zhaga-D4i Luminaire certification, essential to ensure indisputable advantages to customers who aspire to Smart city and to participate in public lighting tenders.
But what is the Zhaga-D4i Luminaire certification?
Zhaga-D4i is a joint certification program between Zhaga and the DALI Alliance (DiiA).
Who established the Zhaga-D4i certification?
Zhaga is an international consortium that aims to standardize the specifications of the interfaces between LED luminaires and communication nodes. The purpose is to allow interchangeability between the products of different manufacturers. DALI Alliance (DiiA) is the global industry organization for DALI®, the internationally standardized protocol for digital communication between control devices.
How is the Zhaga-D4i certification born?
The Zhaga Consortium has partnered with the DALI Alliance in order to produce an important certification, the Zhaga-D4i Luminaire, which presents a new standardization value for the world of connected smart lighting. The Zhaga-D4i Luminaire certification combines the technical specifications of the Book 18 Zhaga version with the D4i specifications connected to the DALI interface. The Zhaga-D4i Luminaire certification translates into a set of well-defined technical specifications, concerning mechanical and electrical characteristics of the components, in order to make them open ecosystems. The certification was established to ensure the interchangeability of components of lighting fixtures from different manufacturers and therefore, without any brand restrictions.
How is the Zhaga-D4i certification obtained?
The first step to obtaining the Zhaga-D4i luminaires certification is, first of all, to obtain the Zhaga-D4i certification from a third-party certifying institution enabled “testing Lab” (DEKRA, Intertek, TUV, VDE or ITE predom), which will verify the correspondence of the luminaires in compliance with book 18. Subsequently, the consortium will verify the certification obtained and publish the certificate on the official website.
What is the customer benefit?
For a very long time, all the street lighting fixtures equipped with Zhaga have created problems and limitations in use for the end customer as, being a closed system and therefore not interchangeable, it could be managed by a single manufacturer thus binding the customer to a single and exclusive brand. Today, however, a customer, by purchasing Zhaga-D4i certified AEC luminaires, will purchase products that are interchangeable with those of other suppliers. All this can be translated into industrial terms in a total absence of electrical and mechanical constraints or limitations.
The Zhaga Consortium together with the DALI Alliance have in fact given life to this Zhaga-D4i certification for the following reasons:
– eliminate any type of limitation of use for the end-user;
– guarantee plug&play interoperability of street lighting fixtures and control nodes regardless of the manufacturer;
– participate in any public lighting tender.
The D4i certification was a real first big step towards Smart City lighting. For this, it becomes essential to know how to choose between producers who develop products with this certification and producers who have not instead become aware of this generational change given by the Zhaga D4i. AEC Illuminazione presents all its best-selling products with the Zhaga D4i certification.
AEC urban street lighting fixtures Zhaga-D4i certified