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Hey everyone,
I have my first set of LEDs on order with 2 meanwell CC drivers that have analogue dimmers built in and PWM capabilities for the future. I have to research the Raspberry Pi thing more before I pull the trigger. I'm just curious what everyone is using to control their LEDs if they aren't using Reef Pi. I was looking at MakersController but I don't know if I can use it with my drivers or not. Any advice?
 
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Hey everyone,
I have my first set of LEDs on order with 2 meanwell CC drivers that have analogue dimmers built in and PWM capabilities for the future. I have to research the Raspberry Pi thing more before I pull the trigger. I'm just curious what everyone is using to control their LEDs if they aren't using Reef Pi. I was looking at MakersController but I don't know if I can use it with my drivers or not. Any advice?
I will be honest I didn’t trust this task to be on the pi so went for a light with built in WiFi controller.
 

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I’m running a DIY LED over my tank which is controlled via a 0-10V signal in Node Red. Built with MakersLED slim housing and MakersLED 5Up drivers. LED’s are Nanobox V3.1’s.

Control is fairly simple using a RPi 4 running Node Red. Signal is connected to a Widgetlords 4 channel Analog Output board. Hardest part is the setup but once done it’s been solid.

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Hey everyone,
I have my first set of LEDs on order with 2 meanwell CC drivers that have analogue dimmers built in and PWM capabilities for the future. I have to research the Raspberry Pi thing more before I pull the trigger. I'm just curious what everyone is using to control their LEDs if they aren't using Reef Pi. I was looking at MakersController but I don't know if I can use it with my drivers or not. Any advice?
Woah I was trying to remember when I made this post - it didn’t sound like me, but I like your username. Welcome to R2R.
 
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obviously biased here. I use reef-pi to control kessil a80 in two of my pico tanks. I used to control a360 in my nano as well, but recently upgraded that one to red sea reefer 300xl, with ap9x, which has its own controller.
hope that helps
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I’m running a DIY LED over my tank which is controlled via a 0-10V signal in Node Red. Built with MakersLED slim housing and MakersLED 5Up drivers. LED’s are Nanobox V3.1’s.

Control is fairly simple using a RPi 4 running Node Red. Signal is connected to a Widgetlords 4 channel Analog Output board. Hardest part is the setup but once done it’s been solid.

91749ACB-D68D-413E-9316-C5A9FAAE4E65.jpeg


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Wow! I might have some questions for you...
 
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I’m running a DIY LED over my tank which is controlled via a 0-10V signal in Node Red. Built with MakersLED slim housing and MakersLED 5Up drivers. LED’s are Nanobox V3.1’s.

Control is fairly simple using a RPi 4 running Node Red. Signal is connected to a Widgetlords 4 channel Analog Output board. Hardest part is the setup but once done it’s been solid.

91749ACB-D68D-413E-9316-C5A9FAAE4E65.jpeg


9916D7E6-CD71-489C-9B4F-46808542B123.jpeg


B30A3935-F2FD-475C-BC1E-F29984B18F7D.jpeg


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Here's where I'm at now. I'm just using a white and a blue circuit driver (white is 3 kinds of white, green, and red and the blues are 2 different kinds of Royal Blue and "ultra" violet. The UV led was not mislabeled as ultraviolet) I'm hoping I will be happy with the way it holds it's spectrum when it dims, I may add more drivers later to separate the LEDs more. I haven't even started to think further into the controls at this point, this is a lot of work! I made the frame from aluminum L and Flat stock. Lots of drilling and riveting but I think the frame costed me $27 and is 5" wide x 56" long. I'm having it on 4" standoff brackets hung from the hood with hinges so I can lock it into position when the hood is down, then release it so it will pivot 90 degrees when the hood is up so I can do maintenance with light when the hood is up. I'll send pictures when it's hung after I'm done, the picture below is just to show the size. It's a 125 gallon.
 

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Here's where I'm at now. I'm just using a white and a blue circuit driver (white is 3 kinds of white, green, and red and the blues are 2 different kinds of Royal Blue and "ultra" violet. The UV led was not mislabeled as ultraviolet) I'm hoping I will be happy with the way it holds it's spectrum when it dims, I may add more drivers later to separate the LEDs more. I haven't even started to think further into the controls at this point, this is a lot of work! I made the frame from aluminum L and Flat stock. Lots of drilling and riveting but I think the frame costed me $27 and is 5" wide x 56" long. I'm having it on 4" standoff brackets hung from the hood with hinges so I can lock it into position when the hood is down, then release it so it will pivot 90 degrees when the hood is up so I can do maintenance with light when the hood is up. I'll send pictures when it's hung after I'm done, the picture below is just to show the size. It's a 125 gallon.
Looking good! I like the way you spread out the LED’s. Should make coverage much more even across the length.
 
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