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Network controled switch and variable power unit?

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#1 George P Dunham

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Posted 21 November 2020 - 06:33 PM

I am looking for a low price unit to power my flat panel that is network controled and can vary power for adjusting light level.  All my equipment is network switched but I need a software controllable brightness and on/off for the flat panel.  I believe my best option is to control it on the 12vdc side.



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Posted 21 November 2020 - 07:13 PM

If you don't want to DIY, the Spike-A-Flat panels have a usb controller that can do this. They have a stand-alone program or you can use an ASCOM driver/Alnitak emulator written by Andy Galasso.

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Posted 21 November 2020 - 08:45 PM

My club uses one of these to remotely control our flat lamps. It requires a pc to operate it but I imagine you are already controlling things via a pc already.

https://www.insteon.com/dimmer-outlet

It does require a "hub" which allows the computer software to talk to the dimmer through the electrical wiring.

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Posted 22 November 2020 - 10:13 AM

Thanks for the input.

 

I have been thinking about the best way to do work this out. 

 

I use Digital-Loggers network power switch.  My filter setup is manual for a hyperstar setup up so don't really need to dim or brighten via software, just turn the panel on and off.  The Digital-Loggers switch supports scripts and the automation software supports scripts.  I should be able to manage this by a script.  I guess I will need to learn how to do that. 




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