TPC + EXT
The TPC + EXT is the perfect combination if you’re looking for a mains-powered DMX and DALI lighting control solution with versatile output and show control options, that can be used standalone or integrated.
The TPC (Touch Panel Controller) is an elegant lighting controller with a customisable, 4.3″ capacitive touch screen. With control of playback selection and lighting levels at your fingertips you can gracefully transition between scenes, timelines, effects and pixel-mapped media. The intuitive user interface lets you create multiple pages of controls, configure their appearance and get immediate visual feedback.
The EXT provides local DMX and DALI output for the TPC, as well as power and other hardware interfaces. The EXT and TPC are configured as one in the Designer Software, as if the TPC supports the additional interfaces directly. The EXT is provided in a compact DIN-rail compatible housing for mounting within an electrical cabinet.
Touch screen user interface is fully customisable using the free Pharos Designer software. Create multiple pages of controls including buttons, sliders, keypads and colour pickers, and configure their appearance and visual feedback. Make it eye-catching by importing your own graphics or picking from one of our attractive themes.
DMX & DALI
The combination of TPC + EXT provides you a system that controls 512 channels of DMX/eDMX (Art-Net, sACN, KinET) for any type of fixture. Additionally you have full control of up to 64 DALI devices, including Type 8 support for colour and tunable white control.
As the EXT can be mounted close to all cables in an electric cabinet, it’s possible to keep the TPC near the user and connect it to the EXT using just a single cable (up to 100m). Mains powered and installer-friendly connectors enable extremely easy installation of this versatile solution.
The intelligent Pharos Engine gives you complete control of your installation. Based on individually controllable and independently running timelines and scenes, it lets you build dynamic, precise, fully customisable pre-programmed lighting displays, all while giving you the freedom of real-time manual overrides, flexible multi-zone control, prioritisation and more.
Timing is everything. Whatever the stimulus, Pharos Trigger can handle it. You can control your lighting with responsive, reactive programming. Pharos 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.
Design the big picture; control every pixel. Create a 2D map of your fixtures within the Designer software, then use Pharos Mapping to create visually striking effects or play video across the entire array. Powerful controls allow you to build maps fast with pixel precise adjustment.
The control you need in your browser – from anywhere. Pharos Controllers can be connected to a network, making it possible for you to remotely manage your installation. The built-in web server lets you check the Controller’s status, inputs and outputs, trigger timelines, view a full history log and much more.
Programmed and configured using the free Pharos Designer 2 software – available for Windows or Mac OS X – with upload over Ethernet.
Hardware and firmware are self-sufficient, so no PC needs to be left on site. Rugged, compact unit designed for 24/7 operation and reliability.
Multiple Pharos Controllers can be seamlessly linked together to work as one via a standard Ethernet network. For additional integration options, simply add Remote Devices to further extend the network.
Microprocessor-based system supports firmware updates via the network from Designer software or the web interface.
5 Year Warranty
Designed and manufactured in the UK, with quality and reliability our top priority.
CE compliant; ETL/cETL listed; California Title 20/24 Compliant
Pharos control products are highly flexible, customiseable and scalable. Our controllers work seamlessly with our remote devices and accessories for a huge range of protocol options.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for below, please get in touch with one of our sales team who will be happy help you build a solution for your project.
LEDs in any colour configuration (RGB, RGBW, 8-bit, 16-bit, tuneable white)
Moving heads, yokes or scanners
Downlights, spotlights, uplights, etc. via controllable dimmers, relays or ballasts
Fountain jets for fountain animation or other animatronics
Pharos offers a cloud library with over 13,000 fixture profiles, for easy download of your luminaires
ANSI E1.31 (with per fixture priority)
Art-Net, Art-Net 2, Art-Net 3, Art-Net 4 (configurable broadcast override)
KiNET V1 (DMX out) and V2 (Port out); PDS/Data Enabler discovery
Pathway Connectivity protocol
2 ports (max 512 channels each) USITT E1.11-2008
Control for up to 64 DALI devices; DALI discovery and configuration commands
Synchronises with up to 40 Pharos Controllers over network
Multiple protocols can be in operation simultaneously. Limited by patched channels, not universes used
Triggering & Integration
Commences playback automatically on receiving power
Buttons, sliders, colour picker, etc
Battery-backed real-time clock for calendar and time-based triggers
Sunrise/Sunset/Twilight and Lunar phases
Trigger on changes or entering a range
UDP, TCP, Multicast; send/receive any Ethernet message
sACN or Art-Net
Use DALI messages from other systems or wall panels as triggers in Pharos
RS232; configurable port; send/receive any syntax in ASCII, HEX or decimal
RS232/485 via RIO; send receive any syntax in ASCII, HEX or Decimal
Supports discovery and addressing via Designer software
Built-in or custom designed
Full conditional logic support
Lua scripting for total flexibility
Portrait or landscape
Free editable layouts
Any number of pages
Convenient and custom navigation via configurable navigation bars
Custom font support, including fonts with extended character sets e.g. Chinese, Korean, Japanese
Wide selection of themes available to download, or create your own with Designer’s theme editor
A wide array of customisable buttons, sliders, colour pickers, labels, keypads and clocks
Fully integrated with Pharos Trigger, so button states, graphics, and captions can change according to any number of preset triggers
Learning IR allows any standard remote control to be used to activate button presses/state changes
Keypad for PIN-code entry; multiple user levels
CE compliant, ETL/cETL listed
Mains-powered; 100-240VAC / 50-60Hz / 0.1A (10W typical)
Removable SD Card (supplied)
0°C to 50°C (32°F to 122°F)
10-50% relative, non-condensing
Wall mounted, partly recessed in UK 2-gang 35mm or custom US 2.5” backbox (supplied separately)
0.25 kg (0.55 lbs)
20 x 15 x 12 cm (8″ x 6″ x 5″)
0.6 kg (1.3 lbs)
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)
Hardware watchdog and recessed reset button
RJ45 socket for 10/100Base-TX Ethernet with Link/Data LEDs; Fixed IP or DHCP; Dual IP address for eDMX
4.3” capacitive touch; 480×272 24bpp; 340 cd/m2; magnetic overlay
Learning IR sensor for remote control
Built-in ambient temperature sensor
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 *
Master (up to 64 devices) or Slave *
Individually selectable operating mode for contact closure, digital or analog input (24V maximum) *
* Install-friendly 0.200″ (5.08mm) plug in rising clamp connectors (included)
NOTE: an Ethernet cable is not supplied with the TPC+EXT package
Order Code & Variants
Touch Panel Controller Black-on-Nickel (512 channels eDMX) *
Touch Panel Controller Black-on-Black (512 channels eDMX)
Touch Panel Controller Cream-on-Cream (512 channels eDMX)
Touch Panel Controller White-on-Nickel (512 channels eDMX)
Touch Panel Controller White-on-White (512 channels eDMX)
Extension for TPC connectivity (DMX, DALI, IO, serial, mains-powered)
* TPC BN is default colour and shipped as standard