What is Clipsal C-Bus?
C-Bus is a microprocessor-based control & management system for Buildings & Homes. It is used to control lighting & other electrical services such as pumps, Audio Visual Devices, Motors, etc. Whether simple ON/OFF control of a lighting circuit, or variable (analogue) type control, such as electronic dimmable fluorescent ballasts, C-Bus can be used to easily control virtually any type of electrical load.
To ensure fast & reliable operation, each C-Bus device has its own in-built microprocessor & “intelligence”, allowing units to be individually programmed.
C-Bus uses a patented method for updating the status of units. This method does not require a central computer or central controller to handle databases or lookup tables to operate. The status of each C-Bus unit is initiated at specific time intervals, without the need of a central controller. Each device is allocated a specific time frame to broadcast its status, synchronised by a self-generated system clock pulse. This allows large amounts of data to be transmitted in a very small time frame, effectively & reliably on the network, leading to low processing overheads & low bandwidth requirements.
The primary reasons to use C-Bus are:
Highly robust & reliable control system, but low cost per node.
Wide range of tools available to allow 3rd party companies to interface to both PC based & embedded systems.
A single C-Bus cable connection can control an unlimited number of devices.
Ultimate flexibility in switching & control – functions can be changed, added, removed, moved, reprogrammed, at any position on the network, at any time – without any cumbersome hard-wiring.
C-Bus is simple to install & commission.
C-Bus can control any type of load, digital & analogue.