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Which LED Controller for DIY?


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Milad LEDGroupBuy.com

you first got to ask yourself which drivers you have. The only one that will control 0-10v drivers is the DIM4. The rest are designed for PWM drivers.

 

Once you answer that, then you gota figure out if you just want to control your lights or other stuff.

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Milad LEDGroupBuy.com
i haven purchased drivers yet but i would like controller to operate leds and maybe fans

 

Here is the break down:

 

DIM4

0-10v drivers only (Inventronics, Meanwell "D" drivers)

can direct drive LEDs (for moon lights)

can drive fans

 

Typhoon, Rapid controller

PWM drivers only (Inventronics, Meanwell "P" drivers)

cannot direct drive LEDs

cannot drive fans

 

i dont know much about the jadriuno but i think its similar to the typhoon.

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here is list of JArduino features:

 

Main Features:

 

5 separate LED Channels for White, Blues, Royal Blues, UV, and Red

6th Channel for a Sump/Refugium LED Light

7th Channel devoted to a Real Time Lunar Cycle

Advanced LED testing features

Water & Heatsink Temperature Sensors

Control of a Heater and Chiller

Audible & Visual Alarm Notices for Defined Temperature Variances

LED Heatsink Temperature Sensor

Dynamic Speed Control for Heatsink Fans (Display & Sump Lights)

Wave Maker / Powerhead control

Automatic Fish Feeder

24HR & 12HR Time Formats AND Month DD, YYYY & DD/MM/YYYY Date Formats

Settings & Preferences stored in EEPROM (Arduino Memory)

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Milad LEDGroupBuy.com

doesnt tell me much. you need to know "how" they are controlled not that "they are controlled".

 

here is list of JArduino features:

 

Main Features:

 

5 separate LED Channels for White, Blues, Royal Blues, UV, and Red

6th Channel for a Sump/Refugium LED Light

7th Channel devoted to a Real Time Lunar Cycle

Advanced LED testing features

Water & Heatsink Temperature Sensors

Control of a Heater and Chiller

Audible & Visual Alarm Notices for Defined Temperature Variances

LED Heatsink Temperature Sensor

Dynamic Speed Control for Heatsink Fans (Display & Sump Lights)

Wave Maker / Powerhead control

Automatic Fish Feeder

24HR & 12HR Time Formats AND Month DD, YYYY & DD/MM/YYYY Date Formats

Settings & Preferences stored in EEPROM (Arduino Memory)

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its driven by one driver which drives everything manual here along with supplies needed so it seems like you need to really know how to do some wiring and also price can be more money because all of supplies needed

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Milad LEDGroupBuy.com
milad will you ever put out a second version of controller with bigger display

 

There is a second version coming (no ETA yet)

 

Its just going to have some more channels and few other things.

 

You really dont need a bigger display. I set my personal one, once and havent touched it since. Its all automatic and does its thing. set it and forget it!

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Jarduino is going to be more work and tinkering because its not a product. You will need to figure out how to connect RTC to the Mega board, configure the screen, etc. But its also the most flexible, you are not limited to any number of colors. If you know how to modify code you can have whatever controls you want. To answer Milad's question Jarduino is just an Arduino Mega board + RTC + touchscreen and uses PWM pins to control whatever you connect to them externally. There is a 6-channel driver shield that I am using and also planning to experiment with meanwell LDD drivers, that in my opinion is the perfect driver for those who want to control individual colors. IMHO # advantage of this kind of control is that you dim down to 0%. Cannot be beat for $5 per channel + PS. Personally if I had time and resources I would find a way how to productise Jarduino-like hardware. I think that would be a good product for the DIY community.

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to setup a jarduino everything is on the google code page inside the manual it has everything you need to buy where to buy from and how to hook it all up... its just a little scary for a guy like me with limited knowledge

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