IST Launches the iDrive® Thor 36: A 36 Channel, Internet-Connected, Centralised LED Driver

The latest addition to IST’s portfolio of world-wide patented LED driver technology is the iDrive® Thor 36™, the world’s highest powered (2kW), 36 channel centralised LED driver system, which boasts a super slim 1U 19” rack-mounted chassis compatible with a wide range of embedded dimming protocols, including DMX, RDM, DALI, DSI, Art-Net 3, KiNet[1] and Ethernet as standard. Designed specifically for constant voltage lighting applications, the Thor 36™ can be dynamically configured to operate constant voltage LED systems from 12V to 27V, with each output capable of providing high frequency, high resolution output channels up to a maximum of 8A each or 80A maximum across all 36 channels.iDrive Thor 36: 36 Channel, Internet Connected Centralised LED Driver System


The great advantage of the iDrive® Thor 36™ is the dramatic time and cost saving potential on LED lighting installations. Traditionally, CV applications require a separate power supply and LED driver for each CV linear strip/fixture, but the Thor 36™ combines dimming controller, power supply and LED driver in one integrated unit, with the capacity to drive up to 36 LED fixtures at any one time. The Thor 36™ is able to dramatically reduce the complexity and associated labour costs of wiring numerous fixtures to mains and a power supply, whilst reducing the potential for wiring and power errors.


The Thor 36™ offers far more than a standard power supply.   Advanced control technology combined with the powerful ieOS operating system means users are able to dim the constant voltage fixtures in 8-bit or 16-bit mode, giving unprecedented accuracy for dimming and colour control. In addition, each output can be individually controlled using linear or logarithmic dimming. The fact that the Thor 36™ drivers can be installed remotely significantly aids commissioning and maintenance of the LED lighting installation.


Key Features:

  • Multiple dimming control protocols as standard
  • Independent short-circuit protection and current measurement on each output
  • Reduced production time by eliminating the need to build custom-made chassis
  • Reduced commissioning time due to simplified set-up
  • Superior 16-bit dimming down to less than 0.0015%
  • Ability to tap into ERIC (Energy Reduction Interface Controller) to measure power consumed and 100s of other parameters
  • No noticeable flicker; camera compatible
  • High quality, long life 2000W PSU’s


To date, the Thor 36™ has been installed on a number of prestigious projects where ease of installation and of future maintenance was essential, including the Marriot Hotel, Aruba; the Erasmus University, Rotterdam; the Art-house Theatre, Dordrecht; Oud-Amelisweerd Museum, Bunnik and the Academy Building, Utrecht.


The Thor 36™ is currently in stock and available for all constant voltage installations. For more information and to find out how your white light projects can benefit from the Thor 36™, please contact


[1] KiNet is the Ethernet protocol used by Philips Color Kinetics to control LED fixtures.