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Uniform data format for lighting design

DIAL and RELUX are jointly planning to develop a new, open data format for luminaires and sensors that can be used, among other things, in the companies' two lighting design programs, DIALux (DIAL) and RELUX.

The future lies in digital processes: this is why users and industry are placing increasing demands on electronic product data. Digital planning methods, such as BIM, require data to be processed uniformly. The two companies want to meet these challenges with an open data format for import and further processing purposes.

In comparison to the frequently used IES and LDT formats, the new data format will contain more comprehensive information about the product. This can be in the form of parameters such as geometry, photometry, texts, product images, dynamic control and controllability. The open data format has many benefits for lighting designers and manufacturers alike. Manufacturers who are actively involved in the development process need only provide one format for the two lighting design programs DIALux and RELUX. This improves the data quality available on the market and makes it more up-to-date. In addition, products can be simulated even more realistically in the planning process.


»DIALux is a powerful and open product with an open data format. With DIALux we want to make life easier for planners and manufacturers«, says Dieter Polle, CEO DIAL GmbH. »The aim is to standardize the creation of product data and continually adapt it to requirements in order to ensure smooth processing of high quality. Manufacturers as well as users receive great added value«, says Markus Hegi, CEO & Partner of RELUX Informatik AG. The cooperation partners will start work this year and report together on the current status of the cooperation.