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.
Network controled switch and variable power unit?
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.
Posted 21 November 2020 - 08:45 PM
It does require a "hub" which allows the computer software to talk to the dimmer through the electrical wiring.
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.