|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.