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Ever wanted to achieve unlimited freedom to control your home or business indoor lightning, outdoor lightning as well as indoor environment controlling applications?With the Intelligent Dimmer Controller 4 (InDiCo4) you will be able to customize your home- or business environment according to your, or your customer’s specific needs.
The InDiCo4 will give you unlimited freedom to control the environment of your choice - home- or business. The InDiCo4 will control up to 4 0-10 volt dimmers - the dimmers can then control light, pool light, ceiling fans, ventilation or other dimmable devices.
I have previously worked on number of hardware/software projects - one of them a volume-controlling unit (Controls the line signal) that works with the LK-IHC system - now my audio volume is controlled via my IHC remote control.
IHC Volumne controller IHC Volumne controllerSo at a Halloween get-together with some friends, an electrician asked me if it was also possible to make the same controller for light dimming, and how much it should cost - from there on the idea for the “Intelligent Dimmer Controller 4” arose - and now I want to see if it can fly…
When the InDiCo4 is used in an IHC environment, the 4 dimmer ports can be used in scenario programming or ordinary IHC programming. All this will give you the option to control the specific requirements of the environment of your choice.
As a standalone device, the easy configuration options for the InDiCo4 provides unlimited possibilities to turn one or more dimmable source (Light, Fans, ventilation) to the best possible level. The versatile 24 volt input will give you the option to activate the inputs via an almost unlimited number of devices. The build-in timer will let you control on/off times and levels for each dimmer output.
The diversity of the Port Dimmer Controller 4 provides a wide range of user scenarios:
Indoor light scene set for your customized comfort and home environment lighting preferences, set according to time of day Outdoor light scene with on/off controlled by a sun sensor and 50/100% controlled by a motion sensor Stair control system, with low light as standby, full light on button press, or motion detection. When lights turn on, the timer starts – when the defined timer time is exceeded, light goes off/down to low.Fan control according to work hours and requirements, e.g. set to turn off outside office hours, turn to low in office hours and to full when the specific room is in use, controlled by motion detector Benefits
If able to control lighting and regulate lighting and/or ventilation in accordance with your specified time and/or movements, you will be able to gain several benefits:
As a private person, you can make your home environment safer and more energy efficient if able to customise lighting to your everyday routines. As an electrician, you can provide residents or businesses with full control of their lightning environment and consequently huge savings. Assist in controlling your indoor environmental control system - turn fan speed up/down, turn on/off - all based on a number of measuring devices (Humidity, light, sun, temperature, motion etc.)
Key features for the Intelligent Dimmer Controller 4:
Self contained unit Easy programming - No external configuration units or software/pc needed Internal clock - Almost unlimited input methods- A wide range of options for dimmers/lamps to control - DIN rail mounting
Programming is performed via buttons and LCD on the unit – hence no external device is needed to program or change configurations. Tested dimmers (But not limited to these):
- Servodan universal dimmer (partnumber 330-00701) - LED Dimmer controller - http://www.aliexpress.com/item/0-10V-Dimmer-Controller/453536683.html
IHC 24 volt and data connection External 24 volt power supply Possible input controllers:
IHC 24 volt output module As an IHC output module connected directly to the controller Motions detectors (24 volt systems) Sun sensor (Light sensor) Variety of buttons Internal timer The best day in this project was when i got this picture from my hardware vendor:
Prototype first view Prototype first viewThe components for the prototype was mounted on the board, ready to veld...
Next big event was when I got power on the board and started to get things working, in the below picture I have mounted the InDiCo4 (middle center), top print with LCD and buttons (Bottom right) power supply (middle right), test buttons (center bottom) and IHC Input module (middle left). Top left is my Jtag interface to the 4 port dimmer controller, and the corner of my development laptop. Top right is a 12/24 volt dimmer from china and a no-dimmable 210mA LED from the local store.
Working board with all parts Working board with all partsWhy use the IHC Input module? because it communicates like the IHC controller. This makes me mobile instead of using my live IHC house system for testing (and I avoid a nagging family when the light goes out)