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DALI Lighting Awards 2021

>> DALI Lighting Awards 2021 - Winners

Company: Delmatic
Project: Expo 2020 Dubai
Location: Dubai, UAE
Category: Entertainment and Architectural

Judges' comments

The WINNER of the DALI Lighting Award in the Entertainment & Architectural category is Delmatic for the Sustainability Pavilion and Mobility Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai, UAE.

DALI systems provide highly sustainable, scene-setting control, monitoring and smart data sharing throughout these Expo Pavilions. The system provides control and monitoring of around 51,000 DALI assets, including 50,000 DALI lamps and 770 DALI sensors.

A key challenge was to deliver an energy-efficient lighting-control system to meet the diverse scene-setting requirements of the various spaces within the pavilions, while also contributing to the Expo’s goal to build a lasting legacy of sustainable infrastructure.

DALI presented a flexible, scalable, site-wide solution to meet the diverse lighting-control needs of the Expo, with versatility of lighting layouts and scenes, and the opportunity to adapt to meet the requirements of future tenants.

The dynamic and robust DALI lighting control system played a significant role in meeting the Expo’s sustainability targets and supporting the Sustainability Pavilion’s LEED Platinum rating – the highest accreditation for sustainable architecture – and the Mobility Pavilion’s LEED Gold rating.

The judges described this as a stand-out architectural lighting project on a very large scale, with strong use of DALI technical capabilities combined with many notable creative and design features. They were impressed by the efforts to design with future-proofing and reconfigurability in mind, all enabled by DALI.


Parties involved
Client Expo 2020 Dubai
Architect Grimshaw (Sustainability Pavilion), Foster + Partners (Mobility Pavilion)
Consultant Buro Happold (Sustainability Pavilion), WSP Engineering (Mobility Pavilion)
Contractor Al Shafar Gen Contracting, Alec Engineering and Contracting
DALI lighting controls Delmatic

Project overview

Expo 2020 Dubai delivers one of the most sustainable world expos. Following the Expo, the pavilions will be repurposed into a science centre and office spaces.

DALI technology was selected to provide accurate, energy-efficient digital dimming and real-time management and monitoring of the lighting network, to achieve desired lighting schemes and enhance the pavilions’ ambience.

The system was designed with its legacy in mind, to ensure the quantity and location of lighting controllers, devices and sensors would meet the needs of future tenants, be easily scalable, and efficiently reconfigured and adapted.

The system controls and monitors around 50,000 DALI lamps, with 770 DALI sensors, as well as switches and control units. DALI Buswire modules provide configurable flexibility through graphical addressing of each luminaire, while the DALI broadcast application in fixed areas avoids the need for on-site addressing of DALI ballasts, to speed installation and reduce commissioning time.

DALI sensors maximise energy efficiency by adjusting lighting levels in real-time to occupancy and daylight detection. Custom-configured DALI touchpanels and switches offer local switching, dimming and scene-setting control. The DALI systems combine with open technology Lon and BACnet to share real-time data and maximise operational efficiency.

Sophisticated DALI and DMX lighting scenes and scenarios are managed and configured through Delmatic's graphical user interface, without accessing equipment or needing wiring changes. The interface monitors and displays the operational status of every DALI lamp and driver, flags failures in real time, and generates relamping plans so luminaires are sustainably replaced at the optimum time.