DSL-EM (Environmental Monitor)
DALI powered CO2, temperature, humidity, pressure and lux meter
The only DALI-powered CO2 sensor (BACnet also available)
An aim of BMS is to create a pleasant environment using minimum energy. Environmental quality measures include temperature, humidity, light level and CO2 level. Basic automation only maintains temperature (via thermostats) and sometimes light level (daylight harvesting), but significant discomfort and mental impairment of staff and visitors is just as likely if humidity and CO2 levels are not controlled. Tiredness and poor decision making occur at just 0.1% CO2 (just twice the level in fresh air) and in a poorly ventilated room the CO2 level can rise to this in minutes. Ventilation reduces CO2 level but wastes energy in the heating or cooling of outside air brought into the building. Demand Controlled Ventilation saves energy by controlling the amount of outside air brought into a building based on CO2, temperature and humidity levels in each room. Read about the need for CO2 control here.
|The DSL Difference||
The DSL-EM allows real-time monitoring of all environmental quality parameters anywhere on the DALI lighting network with no need for additional power supplies or solar energy.
CO2 sensing is done by the most accurate non-dispersive infrared (NDIR) method at two wavelengths, which normally requires too much power to be practical on bus-powered devices. Low-power single-wavelength sensing using LEDs exists, but is inaccurate due to ageing of components and the need for regular re-calibration with fresh air. By harvesting energy, the DSL-EM can measure absolute CO2 level using the most accurate technique, twice a minute without taking any more power from the DALI bus than a proximity sensor.
Unlike other CO2 sensors, which are not compensated for air density (meteorological pressure, temperature and altitude), which can introduce large errors, the DSL-EM compensates for these effects. The dual-wavelength technique used eliminates the need to calibrate or “zero” on fresh air, or ever re-calibrate as the unit ages. Inferior CO2 sensors use “Automatic Baseline Correction” (ABC) which assumes that rooms experience fresh air (<400 ppm CO2) regularly. ABC is not required with this technology, making it appropriate for environments which may never experience fresh air (rooms in use 24 hours, factories, urban environments, agricultural facilities).
The unit has a strobe light and audible alarm to indicate CO2 levels above BMS-defined limits, a mute switch, and an optional backlit LCD display.