The Pharos Designer EXT is an extension for the Pharos Designer TPC and together they form a standalone, mains-powered lighting controller with versatile output and show control options.
The perfect extension
The TPC is a powerful lighting controller with Ethernet-based output and integration options. However, many DMX and DALI installations don’t need the added complexity of network infrastructure. The EXT provides local DMX and DALI output for the TPC, as well as power and other hardware interfaces.
The EXT adds physical connectivity to the TPC: PoE power, local DMX and DALI ports, RS232 serial and 8 digital/analog inputs for triggering
Compact DIN-rail compatible housing for mounting within an electrical cabinet, with easy-install plug-strip connections
Plug and play functionality – all system setup is done on the TPC, so it’s easy to add an EXT to your system
Powers and provides additional physical interfaces to the Pharos Designer TPC, forming a self-contained solution
The EXT is an optional extension for a single Designer TPC. Together they can function as a standalone control system, or scale with other Designer devices over a network. The EXT supplies power and data to the TPC via a single cable, and provides physical interfaces including both DMX and DALI.
Control up to 64 DALI devices from the EXT, with support for commissioning with DALI discovery and configuration commands. Designer 2 includes a convenient drag-and-drop interface for DALI patching and timeline programming. DALI emergency ballasts are also supported with the ability to schedule automatic Function and Duration tests, automatic querying for battery level and lamp hours, and a full test result and error reporting web page.
Timing is everything. Whatever the stimulus, Designer Trigger can handle it. You can control your lighting with responsive, reactive programming. Designer Trigger is a rules engine that uses conditional logic and a broad range of interfaces and protocols. Send and receive any command, to and from any system. Conditional logic is supported, along with a powerful built-in scripting language for unlimited flexibility. Read more
Each input is individually configurable in one of three modes. As a Contact Closure an external volt-free switch may be connected across the input. As a Digital Input an external voltage source (up to 24V) can be connected across the input and thresholds for ‘high’ and ‘low’ triggering can be set. As an Analog Input a variable external voltage can be measured within a configurable range.
The EXT has an RS232 serial port, whose data rate and format settings (baud, parity, stop bits, etc.) are configurable in software.
The EXT requires no additional configuration in the Pharos Designer 2 software – everything is programmed via the TPC in the Designer project file, as if the TPC supported all the additional hardware interfaces directly.
Made for permanent installation, with installer-friendly 0.200” (5.08mm) plug-in rising clamp terminals, a rugged, compact enclosure, and easy DIN rail mounting.
Ethernet interface to allow some or all of the TPC’s control channels to be sent as eDMX.
Powered from 100-240V AC mains.
Connects to its TPC via a Cat 5e or Cat 6 cable, which carries power and data.
Local DMX output for the TPC’s 512 control channel capacity
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Connect an external volt-free switch between input and ground (internal 2.2k pull-up to 5V)
Connect an external voltage source between input and ground (24V maximum; internal 2MOhm pull-down to 0V); software-configurable low/high threshold
Connect an external voltage source between input and ground (24V maximum); software-configurable range
RS232; configurable port; send/receive free syntax in ASCII, HEX or decimal
Control for up to 64 DALI devices; DALI discovery and configuration commands
Use DALI messages from other systems or wall panels as triggers to TPC
Emergency Lighting Schedule automatic Function and Duration tests; automatic querying for battery level and lamp hours; test result and error reporting web page
Bus Power Detection
A separate DALI bus power supply is required – but the EXT can detect and report bus power errors
CE compliant, UKCA compliant, ETL/cETL listed
Mains-powered; 100-240V AC / 50-60Hz / 0.1A (10W typical)
0°C to 50°C (32°F to 122°F)
8 unit wide DIN rail mounting enclosure (DIN43880 / EN60715 (35/7.5 rail))
0.5 kg (1.1 lbs)
20 x 15 x 12 cm (8″ x 6″ x 5″)
0.7 kg (1.6 lbs)
RJ45 socket with Link/Data LEDs for direct connection to TPC only (100m max distance)
RJ45 socket for 10/100Base-TX Ethernet with Link/Data LEDs; Fixed IP or DHCP; Power-over-Ethernet (PoE)
Isolated DMX port, RDM compatible *
Host (up to 64 devices) or Device *
Order Code & Variants
Designer Extension for TPC connectivity (DMX, DALI, IO, serial, mains-powered)
Pharos Designer TPC required