Jump to content


Photo

DIM4 Sunrise/Sunset controller for DIY LEDs by LEDGroupBuy.com


  • Please log in to reply
91 replies to this topic

#1
Milad LEDGroupBuy.com

Milad LEDGroupBuy.com

    LED Police

  • Sponsor
  • 2,314 posts
  • Joined 10 Jan 2011
  • St Louis

***UPDATE*** IN STOCK NOW

If you haven't heard already, we just released the DIM4 Sunrise/Sunset controller for DIY LEDs.
Its designed by an engineer that is also a reefer and LED expert.

Posted Image

Its designed to control 4 channels of:
3 CREE XP/XM LED string (@500mA)
OR
Drivers

What does that mean to you? For every channel on the DIM4 (4 channels) you can either have a bunch of drivers on each channel or 3 CREE XP/XM LEDs in a string or fans to cool your heatsinks. If you are just doing the 3 LED strings or fans, you do not need any additional drivers. (Yes! your moonlight issue just got solved)

Some examples of configurations:

Nano config
Channel 1 - 3x CREE XM-L Neutral White
Channel 2 - 3x CREE XP-E Royal Blue
Channel 3 - 3x CREE XP-E Royal Blue
Channel 4 - Blank
(Any channel above can also be used for moonlights)
(2A Power supply or greater needed)

Large tank config
Channel 1 - 1x 120w Inventroincs driver for Neutral Whites
Channel 2 - 4x 40w Inventroincs driver for Royal Blues
Channel 3 - 3x 120mm Fans to cool heatsinks
Channel 4 - 3x CREE XM-L Neutral White for moonlights
(2A Power supply or greater needed)

And..... are you ready for this? NO PROGRAMMING NEEDED. Through the LCD screen you set a 5 things per channel. Max Driver current (for direct driven LEDs), Start time, Full on time, End Full time, Offtime. Through these 5 settings the controller will know when to turn on (Sunrise), when to get to the max (end of the sunrise), when to start dimming (sunset), and when to turn off (end of sunset). This is very different than the arduino based controllers where you have to actually type in code via a computer - no computer needed.

If you have questions or comments please post them on this thread so we can get them answered for you.

Edited by Milad LEDGroupBuy.com, 19 December 2011 - 09:11 AM.


#2
Trick

Trick

    Nano Reefer

  • Members
  • 1,520 posts
  • Joined 26 Mar 2010
How many amps does each channel run at?

Nevermind, just saw it on the website, 500ma.

#3
Milad LEDGroupBuy.com

Milad LEDGroupBuy.com

    LED Police

  • Sponsor
  • 2,314 posts
  • Joined 10 Jan 2011
  • St Louis

How many amps does each channel run at?

Nevermind, just saw it on the website, 500ma.


yup for direct LEDs, its 500mA - So perfect for Nanos and also perfect for some nice moonlighting.

#4
bensanders

bensanders

    engineered reefs

  • Members
  • 1,449 posts
  • Joined 16 Nov 2010
  • Austin, TX
Will this work with the TRC drivers that nanotuners sells?
sandman's 40br
40br LED build
DIY Vortech Battery Backup

"I think it odd that a cephalopod would invent itself a god"

#5
Milad LEDGroupBuy.com

Milad LEDGroupBuy.com

    LED Police

  • Sponsor
  • 2,314 posts
  • Joined 10 Jan 2011
  • St Louis

Will this work with the TRC drivers that nanotuners sells?


If its the DS or DT versions then yes. Inventroincs DS or DT, TRC DS or DT and meanwell ELN series D and meanwell HLG series B.

#6
fishnlou

fishnlou

    Nano Reefer

  • Members
  • 111 posts
  • Joined 11 Jan 2009
I'm guessing, if you are controlling drivers then instead of setting the max current you set max voltage? There is independent control of each channel right?

#7
Milad LEDGroupBuy.com

Milad LEDGroupBuy.com

    LED Police

  • Sponsor
  • 2,314 posts
  • Joined 10 Jan 2011
  • St Louis

I'm guessing, if you are controlling drivers then instead of setting the max current you set max voltage? There is independent control of each channel right?


Yes and yes. You are controlling voltage not current.

#8
Paleoreef103

Paleoreef103

    Nano Reefer

  • Members
  • 2,483 posts
  • Joined 07 Dec 2007
  • Iowa City, Iowa
So, you mentioned True Violets, but they're not on your website. I'm assuming that's something that is in the pipe?
My Thread. 40 breeder, LEDs, SWC 150 BMK, Vortech and Tunze powered
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn

#9
MFChop

MFChop

    Nano Reefer

  • Members
  • 498 posts
  • Joined 11 Aug 2011
  • NY / CT
Ordering one with the next group by, Ill let everyone know how it is

#10
Milad LEDGroupBuy.com

Milad LEDGroupBuy.com

    LED Police

  • Sponsor
  • 2,314 posts
  • Joined 10 Jan 2011
  • St Louis

Ordering one with the next group by, Ill let everyone know how it is


MFChop you should do a review thread on it too. Im sure most will appreciate it because there have been alot of people waiting for it. FYI if you are just purchasing the DIM4 we stock them so it would be out next day.

#11
MFChop

MFChop

    Nano Reefer

  • Members
  • 498 posts
  • Joined 11 Aug 2011
  • NY / CT

MFChop you should do a review thread on it too. Im sure most will appreciate it because there have been alot of people waiting for it. FYI if you are just purchasing the DIM4 we stock them so it would be out next day.



Will do, along with the LED setup I PMed you about......

Random but my 4th channel will be open do you think it could use it power a fan? Not sure if its even possible this is my fist DIY LED setup

That way a fan is operational during the daytime when all the LEDs will be on / hottest

Edited by MFChop, 01 September 2011 - 08:07 AM.


#12
Milad LEDGroupBuy.com

Milad LEDGroupBuy.com

    LED Police

  • Sponsor
  • 2,314 posts
  • Joined 10 Jan 2011
  • St Louis

Will do, along with the LED setup I PMed you about......

Random but my 4th channel will be open do you think it could use it power a fan? Not sure if its even possible this is my fist DIY LED setup

That way a fan is operational during the daytime when all the LEDs will be on / hottest


Never thought of that, but ya you could even control the fan. Its basically adjusting 10v on each channel. Fans can run at even 7-8v (I believe, ill have to test this). The lower voltage you run them, the slower they go and the quieter they are. If you just want to run it at full, you can pickup:

http://www.ledgroupb...-3-pin-fan.html

You can directly plug this into one of our power supplies (5A probably for you) and use one of the ends to connect directly to the controller for its power and the other end to connect to a fan.

#13
Milad LEDGroupBuy.com

Milad LEDGroupBuy.com

    LED Police

  • Sponsor
  • 2,314 posts
  • Joined 10 Jan 2011
  • St Louis

Will do, along with the LED setup I PMed you about......

Random but my 4th channel will be open do you think it could use it power a fan? Not sure if its even possible this is my fist DIY LED setup

That way a fan is operational during the daytime when all the LEDs will be on / hottest



Also one more thing to note. You will need to set the start on time and full on time very close together for the fan because it will not turn until about 7-8v

#14
MFChop

MFChop

    Nano Reefer

  • Members
  • 498 posts
  • Joined 11 Aug 2011
  • NY / CT
Noted Thanks

#15
Milad LEDGroupBuy.com

Milad LEDGroupBuy.com

    LED Police

  • Sponsor
  • 2,314 posts
  • Joined 10 Jan 2011
  • St Louis
I was just doing some tests and it looks like most Fans will turn on around 5V and are extremely quiet at 10v and still move alot of air. The DIM4 will handle about 2-3 larger 120mm fans on one channel and more of the smaller ones (500mA max)

#16
Milad LEDGroupBuy.com

Milad LEDGroupBuy.com

    LED Police

  • Sponsor
  • 2,314 posts
  • Joined 10 Jan 2011
  • St Louis
DIM4 are all sold out. We are now taking pre-orders for them.

#17
MFChop

MFChop

    Nano Reefer

  • Members
  • 498 posts
  • Joined 11 Aug 2011
  • NY / CT
Ahhhh what I was just about to put in my order

Its all set ordered everything anyways :)

Edited by MFChop, 10 September 2011 - 02:36 PM.


#18
Milad LEDGroupBuy.com

Milad LEDGroupBuy.com

    LED Police

  • Sponsor
  • 2,314 posts
  • Joined 10 Jan 2011
  • St Louis

Ahhhh what I was just about to put in my order

Its all set ordered everything anyways :)


We should have them in stock in 30days or less.

#19
MFChop

MFChop

    Nano Reefer

  • Members
  • 498 posts
  • Joined 11 Aug 2011
  • NY / CT

We should have them in stock in 30days or less.


Great hopefully all my stuff comes in at once, sooner than later lol

#20
Milad LEDGroupBuy.com

Milad LEDGroupBuy.com

    LED Police

  • Sponsor
  • 2,314 posts
  • Joined 10 Jan 2011
  • St Louis
We are most likley going to the ship the LEDs out before the DIM4s come in and just cover the shipping cost on our end so everyone can get their builds going.

#21
Deckoz2302

Deckoz2302

    Stony Reefer

  • Members
  • 6,087 posts
  • Joined 29 Aug 2011
  • Raleigh, North Carolina
I see this groupbuy ends in 18 days, Id like to get several things, but was wondering why I dont see the true violet?

OceanariumProject_zpsdcf024fc.jpg

#22
Milad LEDGroupBuy.com

Milad LEDGroupBuy.com

    LED Police

  • Sponsor
  • 2,314 posts
  • Joined 10 Jan 2011
  • St Louis

I see this groupbuy ends in 18 days, Id like to get several things, but was wondering why I dont see the true violet?


We had an issue with the manufacturer of the True Violets. We are working with another manufacturer to get them in, we may have them before the end of the Group Buy.

#23
zangmann

zangmann

    Nano Reefer

  • Members
  • 11 posts
  • Joined 16 May 2011

We should have them in stock in 30days or less.


Any progress on this? Got an exact ETA?
Looking forward to starting my build.

Thanks!

#24
Milad LEDGroupBuy.com

Milad LEDGroupBuy.com

    LED Police

  • Sponsor
  • 2,314 posts
  • Joined 10 Jan 2011
  • St Louis

Any progress on this? Got an exact ETA?
Looking forward to starting my build.

Thanks!


We should have them next week. They will be in stock before end of group buy.

Edited by Milad LEDGroupBuy.com, 08 October 2011 - 10:41 AM.


#25
MFChop

MFChop

    Nano Reefer

  • Members
  • 498 posts
  • Joined 11 Aug 2011
  • NY / CT
Have these gone back in stock yet? Havent gotten mine yet :(

Edited by MFChop, 26 October 2011 - 05:03 AM.