Originally Posted by Brian_Nano12g
Another development in the Current world...
There was a recent product announcement at a convention called SuperZoo 2013 by Current. They are releasing timer controllers for their lighting systems. To find out more, read this thread (particularly starting with post #6):
Current USA PRODUCT LAUNCH
For DIY tinkerers and advanced users (beyond my skill set), check out this Guide: Arduino based LED controller for Current Satellite LED+
by Indychus on TPT.
Very cool. I've actually had this concept in mind for over a year but don't have the electronics skill to pull it off myself.
I noted that someone is doing something like this with an Arduino (and the Satellite+) which was my tool of choice also, though I was originally going to design the whole light from the ground up. Life intervened and I haven't gotten very far. I'm glad that Current has. This is exactly what I want to have/do.
My concept probably takes it to its extreme where the lighting controller could actually make daily adjustments and go through a year's cycle of lighting programmed for any spot on earth, though what that would do to managing algae growth and ferts in a planted tank I have no idea. Probably better to have the same length days year round from that perspective.
And I'm still loving my light. My mid to low light plants are thriving, my fish are happy and it was money well spent.