March 21, 2014 at 6:30 pm #591
First off, I am very happy with the quality of this controller. The ramps are smooth and the live dimming helps tone in the color temperature you are looking for. Below are some issues I am having, I am sure it is user error:
1) My channels seem to be misaligned. I have two identical fixtures (4 channels each) and decided to wire them separately so the cloud effects could work independently on each half of the tank. It seems that I cannot align the respective channels between the two fixtures. For example, I would like channels 1 and 5 (ch1 RB fixture 1 and ch5 RB Fixture 2) to be of the same value. Once the granularity of the adjustments start to jump (i.e. above ~100), I cannot get them to the same value. I can set one at 625, but the other stops at 635. This is a very small percentage difference, but annoying at the same time.
2) I think I have set up the moonlight properly, but they will not come on. I set channels 1 and 5 (again RB channels) at 105. At first, I assumed it was timing and the controller was set at a new moon, but after a month, I have never seen the moon lights on. I do have moonphase set to “ON”, is there anything else I should check?
Any help would be appreciated.April 5, 2014 at 10:04 am #603
1. Weird, I’ll take a look at the firmware to see why this is happening.
2. Currently the moon phase only works in Auto Sunrise mode – I assume you are using Manual? The next firmware update will enable moon phase in all Manual/Auto modes. Bug me and I can send you an advance release of this firmware if you’re up to flashing the board with an FTDI cable.April 5, 2014 at 2:04 pm #604
I took at look at #1 and I think it is happening because the default value loaded in the EEPROM is 500, which is not one of the default levels (factors of 35, being 490 and 525). A way to regain alignment is to go all the way back down to the fine adjustment range <=70 then scroll back up, and then the counters should be aligned. I'll see about changing this for the next firmware release.April 5, 2014 at 4:42 pm #605
1) That makes sense. I’ll give it a try.
2) Correct. That sounds great. Can you email the release? No problem on the FTDI refresh.
One more question: The Dallas DS18B20 temperature sensor uses a one wire bus and should be able to support multiple sensors on the same bus. I have one installed in each of my fixtures. With my old controller (an Arduino based controller I coded/wired myself), I took the greater of the two readings to trigger the fan on and off. While I haven’t seen it documented, what should I expect if I wire both on the same bus to the Storm X? I assume the controller polls the bus to determine the address(s) of the sensors on the bus. If this functionality doesn’t exist, I can probably modify the sketch to add it (I honestly haven’t reviewed it yet), but that will be a pain for future firmware releases.
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