Possible lighting controller ?

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  1. Stressed Eric

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    Hey all, while browsing around I found this and the creative wheels started turning, it's an electronic domestic irrigation controller and has some potential as a lighting controller for complicated tanks. It has 4-6 output channels, with 4 programmable on/off times per channel per day, and is able to be programmed per day of the week. It's made for controlling low power 220v water valve solenoids so will need relays to power up our stuff. It also has an over-ride and an inhibit function, don't know what that could be used for tho, it's for a rain sensor to inhibit watering the garden when it's raining..... It's also waterproof and has a lock-able front cover. The best part is that it was on special for just under R800 which makes it cheaper and neater than normal timers and is about 250h x 150w x about 100d. Whatcha think ?
     
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    So it is a normal garden irrigation coputer. Can be done, I got two that controls my irrigation. Very simple to opperate. Even have a backup battery - 2 normal penlights - in case power goes out. So it does not loose its settings. and you can basically setup a lot of different sequences. Per day, weekends, program A and B etc...

    But you have to get relays. And built that into another box. But advantage is that access to this box is not that crucial, can be at the back.

    But as far as I know, the way they work. As long as they sent a current down one line, the line will be on. No power, and the solenoid will turn off.

    but the problem is, the way mine works, the next line goes on when previous line switch off. So you set line one with a time and duration. Then line 2 only duration, line 3 also only duration. So when used to do lights. You need to setup the relay box so that line one does first set of lights. Then line 2 must do first and second set of lights. And so forth, plus the reversal sequence at the end of day. So first set of lights have to be connected to the first and second relay. Having 3 set of lights in sequence will be a lot more complicated in the relay box. But the timer is easy.
     
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    cool idea stressed eric,

    Riaan you are quite right about the relays, just one thing i think one would have to look at what model you buy as mine works differently...ie has 4 stations and they can all run at once, or can be set to run at intervals ie station 1 on, 5 minutes later station 2 etc etc.

    When its wrmet outside i'll go check the make :)
     
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    Hey stressed eric,
    Where are these controllers available from?
    Cheers
     
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    keep us posted.....
     
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    Shane I bought mine at builders...in the irrigation department

    BTW mine is an Orbit controller
     
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    thanks FransSny,
    Are you using it on your tank?
    Cheers
     
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    No Shane ...never thought of it untill Stressed Eric came up with the thread.....at this stage im just tagging along
     
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    Here's a picture of the unit....

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    On sale at Agri-centre in Pmb, I think the baby is going for just under R600, the bigger ones with 12 outputs are around a grand.

    I'm seriously thinking of using one - I see there is a common line on the relay output so one could easily use a 24v DC supply, take this through a multicore cable up to the main DT lighting unit and be able to individually control the lights through a relay mounted in there.

    And if it doesn't work at least I'll be able to water my garden from my lounge.....:razz:
     
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    StressedEric so did it work?
     
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