Clipsal C-Bus - v 7.1.3
Extra Vegetables' Control4 driver for Clipsal C-Bus by Schenider Electric allows you to integrate a C-Bus lighting system into Control4.
This provides the same features and customer experience as Control4's native lighting control. You can dim and switch loads and there is also the facility to represent C-Bus relays as motorization devices within Control4.
Clipsal C-Bus keypads are fully supported by the driver. It is also possible to dynamically change the labels on C-Bus DLT switches from within Control4. This makes it possible to use C-Bus switches as simple AV keypads as well as light switches.
Multiple Applications for approx 12,000 lighting circuits, Clipsal Scene driver, Blind/Shutter driver and supports the 5500CN IP interface as well as the serial interface for control.
From version 7.1 of the driver Control4 Light V2 drivers are included. These are compatible with Control4 Advanced Lighting Scenes and Light Groups.
The Extra Vegetables Control4 drivers for the Clipsal C-Bus by Schneider Electric lighting system implements the following features:
•Reliable Serial Control through C-Bus Serial or IP Interface.
The driver communicates through the Clipsal C-Bus serial or IP interface. This provides reliable communication between the two systems.
•'Cloud' based driver - simple to deploy, transparent to customer.
A 'cloud' based driver attaches devices such as lighting circuits to a 'cloud' that represents the C-Bus network. Each device is then simply addressed to match the corresponding group address on the C-Bus network. None of this is evident to the customer. A light is a light regardless of whether it is on the C-Bus network or a Control4 outlet module.
•Support for dimmable and non-dimmable lighting loads.
Not all light types are dimmable. Just as you would connect some to a C-Bus dimmer and some to a C-Bus relay you make the same virtual choices within Composer. This ensures that only dimmable lighting loads are presented to your customer with faders. Mutltiple lighting applications are supported allowing approx 12,000 lighting circuits to be controlled.
•Support for motorization devices .
C-Bus relays are multi-purpose and this flexibility is echoed in the driver. If you use a relay to control a fan you can represent this as a fan directly within Control4. Shutter controller for blinds and curtains also avilable.
•Dynamically label Clipsal C-Bus DLT switches.
C-Bus DLT switches have small LCD screens which can be labelled to represent the keys function. Now you can change these labels via programming within Control4; something that's not easy to do with Clipsal alone. You can use this to show status or other information.
•Use C-Bus switches as AV keypads.
The manual shows you how you can use a DLT switch as a convenient AV keypad. From a single button you can select various sources and indicate these on the switch. Full details in the manual.
•Use Clipsal or Control4 to manage lighting scenes.
You have a choice of either storing your lighting scnenes on C-Bus or Control4. No matter which route you choose you can always recall lighting scenes from the Control4 interfaces/
•Compatible with Control4 OS 1.7, 1.8 and 2.x.
All 'Driverworks' versions of Control4 are supported. There are no differences in the feature sets between versions.
There are currently the following limitations with the driver:
The driver supports multiple applications which allows approx 12,000 lighting circuits to be controlled. However this is on a single C-Bus network of approx 250 devices. The network bridge is NOT supported. For multiple networks add multiple Serial or Ethernet interfaces and control them individually from Control4.
The following are required for successful deployment of the driver.
•Control4 1.8 (or higher) + HC800 Controller for larger systems
The introduction of any two-way driver into a project adds to the processor load. In line with Control4's recommendations we suggest that an HC800 is used for systems of more than three rooms.
This driver is an independent commercial release by Extra Vegetables Ltd. It is not authorized or supported either by Control4 or Clipsal. Extra Vegetables fully support the driver through its authorized dealer network.