I am (almost) clueless on the subject, but I have read enough posts on TC420 and TC420 led controllers to, hopefully, give you a starting point. ~$30 on Amazon and such.
Where is @jeffkrol
, when you need him? :-)
I have seen that, however I need at least 6 channels, and that only provides 5, and has Zero storm features at all.
I mean I need 6 channels, with storm features. If that isnt there, and I just do ramping I could get away with 5 or less. But if it had more, oh the fun I could have :P, with letting the light "Move", throughout the day :P.
my stormx knockoff allows morning midday evening, might need you to code that in yourself though.
What I don't know is who actually uses cloud/lightning settings?
Man this site loves eating my messages, guess I have to triple post....
What is the storm X knockoff? Does it have timers per channel, like the TC 421?
I have made a change in design, I think I am going to use LDDs instead. This way I can cloud control on a per white basis. So each white cob (97CRI 5600k Vero 29s, Hard AF to get my hands on!) 4 of them, and the WWs (might just do red or the Ambers from Citizen, and my blues, each have their own channel.
In doing so, with the whites, and like a bluefish, I could even "Move" the sun, so that the leds pass from one side to the other, getting brighter and dimmer from side to side as the day progresses.
As to the Storm feature, I will very much use it. I am the candidate for it fully
In a reef, I see no point in it either. However this Naturalistic vivarium, is for a Chameleon. Chameleons are extremely sensitive to light, and changes in it. They are also not too happy about being sprayed by misters 3+x per day, however it is needed to fulfill their needs.
The storm clouds, along with Fans that will come on 15-20 mins before, and a fogger than will run 10mins prior to a Misting (will have rain hopefully later, just mist for now) will give natural cues, that rain is coming. Just like it does in the wild, instead of being woken up by instant extreme lighting, and then being sprayed by out of nowhere water, the cues will be there.
Chameleons are extremely fragile when it comes to stress, and spraying them with water out of nowhere has to be pretty stressful, so this should I hope provide a better life, and raise the bar, of keeping we have for this critters. Its just theory for now, and experimentation is needed, it could be a waste of time, or it could change the way we look at chameleon keeping.
The theory is, and my idea to change. The sun doesn't pop on, Temps dont go from 60 to 90 in 5 mins, and rain doesn't just start full blast out of nowhere. Fixing these things, to be more realistic as they are in nature, is a better way to keep the animal.
To be honest most of the issues are software problems and that is beyond my err "expertise"..
Hardware is fairly simple. There are
converter boards to change 5V PWM to say 10V analogue and vice versa..
Suggest working w/ Reef-pi people to see if one can build to suit........
Like you see though each has their own "vision" and generally gets way blown out of proportion to individual needs..
All of what is wanted can be done.. "easily" doesn't come to mind though..
571 pages of designing to ones ind. needs..
Thanks, I will check that out. Truly, thats what I should be doing, as the way I was going about it, has me using all kinds of controllers/Thermostats/timers to achieve my needs. A central brain like that, is my best option, I was just being lazy.