Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Cape Coral, Florida
I'm working on doing a similar setup but with Raspberry Pi, so it is easier to network, and just ... well, because I wanted to do something with pi.
Was any solution found to the power toggle? I'm thinking of running all four colors to minimum intensity as "off" instead of using power, though that's not exactly a pleasant option. My second thought was to put a photo sensor that has the light visible, when the power is toggled, and if it goes the unexpected way (on -> dimmer) then toggle again, but that sounds really kludgy also. The final alternative which is more hardware intensive than may be worth it is to put a relay in and run either AC or DC through it before the light, instead of using the IR code for power.
All of these are a lot more complex than a discrete on/off code, but I gather you never got one?
PS. Is there any interest in a Pi version, if so when I get this done I'll post something. At present I have a web-based remote image where you click buttons and all work, but no scheduling. My intent is a simple minded web based scheduling as well, and then if I get ambitious some sensors in the tank to display as well.
[EDIT] PS: I found I could turn it off reasonably quickly by sending a white command followed by 50 white-dimmer commands (50 is automated, minimal pause, it's maybe 5 seconds or so). Another alternative but it depends on preprogramming would be to set a preset (e.g. M4) to completely dim on all LED's, then invoke that as "off", but that depends on the user not changing anything. So this handles a pseudo "off" discrete code, I have no idea how to do an "on" without knowing the initial state, but in terms of using it as a scheduler in this way I can just not ever send a power toggle.
Last edited by Linwood; 06-28-2014 at 10:32 PM.
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