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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-07-2014, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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E-Series "Siesta" Period?

I am the proud owner of an E-60 and was wondering what the options might be, if any, for creating a mid-day break in my lighting schedule. I have always had two separate photoperiods per day in my past tanks because I like to enjoy them in the morning and evening while I'm home, and having one excessively-long photoperiod is problematic.

With other fixtures I simply use a timer to accomplish this. With the E series controller however, there is only one set of on/off times that can be stored as far as I can tell. Does the controller support multiple on/off times? This might sound weird, but part of me is hoping that this functionality is not possible just so I can start having fun w/ an Arduino

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It does not.

IIRC There was some discussion about this in the past. I'm entirely unsure of what follows, but I believe it stores the on/off time (and brightness) through a power outage, while the clock gets reset.

I think the end result is that you can put the e-series onto an outlet timer and still get the fade in/out for siesta periods (although you will not have moonlight).

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Thanks for the response. Ya I tried some moonlight for a while and wasn't a huge fan (any color set at 1 looked artificial and white set at 1 actually looked too bright), so my moonlight setting now is just all lights off.

I will go ahead and use an outlet timer for now but I've been inspired by some of the DIYers on this site who are playing around w/ an Arduino to set up light timings. I've decided to try my hand at creating something similar using a Raspberry Pi that will allow for nearly an unlimited # of separate photoperiods using any of the presets or modes fully configurable through a web interface. Overkill of course, but it's a learning exercise first and foremost
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