I have decided to take the plunge and integrate my LED
reef light with an arduino controller. Not good with programming, but intend to learn since I have programming left to do before I get my EE degree.
Better get a jump start!
First things first...Got to figure out what to buy, and from where. I know sites exist that sell the stuff, but some seem to be quite rediculously expensive! $20 for a real time clock? (Sparkfun) Is that for real?
The actual arduino board seems to be $30.00 standard everywhere. Can anyone confirm that the RTC really costs that much? If so, so be it.
My plans for now:
1-Turn LEDs on and off at preset times.
2-During turn on, the leds should gradually increase in brightness.
3-During turn off, the leds should gradually decrease in brightness.
4-After lights out, a moonlight should light up. Before lights on, the moonlight should turn off. (No dimming of the moonlight).
Later additions would include controlling the powerheads, heaters, and random test probes. All test results will output to an LCD screen.
So, for what I want to do now, should the arduino board and the RTC all I need to get started?
The coding looks alot like C++ (which I was FORCED to take ) so I shouldnt have TOO much trouble coming up with commands to turn on and off my Meanwell drivers.
I will use an RC (resistor capacitor) filter to smooth the PWM output from the arduino along with a 10v supply and transistor to dim the meanwell analog supplies.