Optimizing High Mast Lighting. Choosing the Right Luminaires and Control Systems

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Evolution of Urban Illumination
From Arc Lamps to LED Luminaires

Urban lighting has a rich history that predates the familiar small urban poles we see today. 'Moonlight Towers,' or high poles, illuminated cities long before the conventional lighting we now know. The use of powerful arc lamps marked the inception of these towering light sources, with the first lighting tower installed in Paris in 1816 by French engineer Boverie de Ternay.

Optimizing High Mast Lighting. Choosing the Right Luminaires and Control Systems
The Rise of High Mast Lighting and the Need for Advanced Control Systems

The Rise of High Mast Lighting and the Need for Advanced Control Systems

This 'Tower on Rue de la Loi' paved the way for brighter and more efficient urban illumination, replacing traditional torches and candles. As arc lamps gained prominence, cities in Europe and North America began adopting lighting towers for various purposes, from street lighting to illuminating ports, stadiums, and industrial areas. The legacy of these early towers lives on in historical sites like the well-preserved 'Moonlight Tower' in Austin, Texas.

DALI Technology Revolutionizing High Mast Lighting Control

DALI Technology Revolutionizing High Mast Lighting Control

Over time, urban lighting took two distinct paths: regular lighting for cities and high mast lighting for highways and major intersections. The challenge arose in managing these towering poles efficiently. Initially, single arc lamps were centrally controlled, but advancements led to groups of lamps, requiring more sophisticated control methods. The introduction of controllable LED luminaires marked a significant breakthrough.

Dali Benefits

The Benefits of DALI Technology
in High Mast Lighting Management

Modern 'light towers' now feature tall poles with movable consoles, equipped with multiple LED luminaires directed at different areas, each demanding unique control modes. DALI (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) technology, coupled with controllers like GSM Node and LiTouch, has revolutionized high mast lighting management:

Cost Reduction

Utilizing a single control controller for the entire pole streamlines costs.

Individual Control

QULON software and DALI interface enable precise individual control over each luminaire, allowing adjustments in brightness, color, and other parameters.

Group Control

DALI supports group control, enabling simultaneous management of luminaires, facilitating the creation of diverse lighting scenarios.


DALI allows smooth brightness adjustments, perfect for varying lighting requirements based on different conditions.

Status Tracking

DALI provides detailed information about luminaire status, simplifying maintenance and repairs by identifying faults and failures promptly.

Efficiency and Energy Savings

Implementing DALI technology allows for energy-saving strategies, such as reducing brightness or turning off luminaires when movement is absent, optimizing energy consumption.


Enhancing Urban Spaces with
Advanced High Mast Lighting Solutions

From its early beginnings in 1816, 'light towers' have remained indispensable. The integration of DALI technology with control systems has significantly enhanced the flexibility and efficiency of high mast lighting management. This adaptability ensures lighting systems can meet various scenarios and requirements, making urban spaces safer and more vibrant.