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PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 5:46 pm Post subject: Digital Timer for lights in planted tank Reply with quote

 Hi  all
 I  am  thinking  of  going  in  for  a  digital  timer/panel  for  controlling  lights  &  co2  in  my  planted  tank.
 The  tank  is  still  in  process  of  being  setup.
 Experiences  of  members  using  such  devices  along  with  pictures  would  be  highly  appreciated.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 6:58 pm Post subject: Re: Digital Timer for lights in planted tank Reply with quote

 This  is  my  share
 
 Hope  it  gives  an  idea  for  your  makeup.
 Its  a  9X  plug/switch  wooden  box  with  3X3pin  and  6X2  pin  sockets.
 You  could  fit  on  your  Frontier  timer  for  the  switch  accordingly.
 
 A  switch  board  maker  should  make  the  whole  thing  for  you  at  approximately  300.  
 It  would  be  better  if  you  use  a  spike-buster  strip  though,  it  has  better  saftey.
 
 Cheers!
 
 
 
 
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 11:53 pm Post subject: Re: Digital Timer for lights in planted tank Reply with quote

 mines  quite  simple.
 
 


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 1:29 am Post subject: Re: Digital Timer for lights in planted tank Reply with quote

 saikumar,  where  did  u  get  that  timer  from?  is  that  a  DIY  project?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 11:23 am Post subject: Re: Digital Timer for lights in planted tank Reply with quote

 Hey  Saikumar,
 
 Please  share  you  timer  ckt  details,  would  love  to  make  one  like  yours.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 1:45 pm Post subject: Re: Digital Timer for lights in planted tank Reply with quote

 Sandeep
 Unlike  many  of  our  illustrious  co-members  my  back  ground  is  non  technical.  So  I  didn't  attempt  any  DIY  stuff  at  all.  I  got  someone  who  knew  what  he  was  doing  to  do  it  for  me.
 
 Got  a  Frontier  timer  from  the  electrical  store.  Drew  the  following  diagram  and  the  gave  to  the  electrical  and  electronics  repair  chap  in  the  neighborhood.  {It  helped  that  he  repairs  minor  stuff  for  the  family}.  The  wood  and  the  board  for  the  box,  the  plugs,  indicator  and  the  labor  cost  came  to  a  total  of  Rs750/-  .  The  timer  cost  me  Rs  650/-  at  that  time.  {I  am  not  mentioning  any  shops  or  individuals  names  here,  but  if  you  think  that  prices  are  still  inappropriate  please  delete  them  as  soon  as  you  have  read  them  Smile  }
 
 My  light  fittings  are  industrial  ceiling  mountable  ones  and  use  three  pin  plugs,  the  two  pins  are  used  by  the  filters,  power  heads  etc.  I  have  erratic  electrical  supply  at  home  and  have  had  timers  conk  of  once  in  a  while,  I  just  pulled  out  the  timer  and  replaced  it  with  another  one.  The  defunct  timer  were  repaired  for  me  by  Deepak  Brid.
 
 If  you  attempt  this  I  would  suggest  that  you  ask  your  electrician  to  make  the  timer  more  accessible  for  removal/repairs  and  battery  changes.  I  have  to  unscrew  eight  little  screws  to  open  the  box,  and  the  little  buggers  get  lost  immediately  and  that  screws  up  my  day  Very Happy  .  
 
 I  don't  seem  to  have  a  picture  ready  at  hand,  but  let  me  sift  through  the  thousands  of  photos  that  I  have  on  the  laptop  and  see  if  I  can  locate  one.  I  assure  you  that  aesthetically  this  will  be  much  better  than  having  a  tangle  of  wires  near  your  tank.
 
 By  the  way  both  my  tanks  run  from  this  timer  board
 

 
 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 12:16 pm Post subject: Re: Digital Timer for lights in planted tank Reply with quote

                                                   
saikumar  wrote  (View  Post):                
This  is  my  share
 
 Hope  it  gives  an  idea  for  your  makeup.
 Its  a  9X  plug/switch  wooden  box  with  3X3pin  and  6X2  pin  sockets.
 You  could  fit  on  your  Frontier  timer  for  the  switch  accordingly.
 
 A  switch  board  maker  should  make  the  whole  thing  for  you  at  approximately  300.  
 It  would  be  better  if  you  use  a  spike-buster  strip  though,  it  has  better  saftey.
 
 Cheers!
 
 
 
 
 edit-  'ed  out  pics.                

 
 Thanks
 Some  questions
 Which  Timer  have  you  used?
 Is  it  attached  to  your  board  or  is  kept  seperately?
 Are  all  sockets  in  your  board  attached  to  timer?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 12:20 pm Post subject: Re: Digital Timer for lights in planted tank Reply with quote

                                                   
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Sandeep
 Unlike  many  of  our  illustrious  co-members  my  back  ground  is  non  technical.  So  I  didn't  attempt  any  DIY  stuff  at  all.  I  got  someone  who  knew  what  he  was  doing  to  do  it  for  me.
 
 Got  a  Frontier  timer  from  the  electrical  store.  Drew  the  following  diagram  and  the  gave  to  the  electrical  and  electronics  repair  chap  in  the  neighborhood.  {It  helped  that  he  repairs  minor  stuff  for  the  family}.  The  wood  and  the  board  for  the  box,  the  plugs,  indicator  and  the  labor  cost  came  to  a  total  of  Rs750/-  .  The  timer  cost  me  Rs  650/-  at  that  time.  {I  am  not  mentioning  any  shops  or  individuals  names  here,  but  if  you  think  that  prices  are  still  inappropriate  please  delete  them  as  soon  as  you  have  read  them  Smile  }
 
 My  light  fittings  are  industrial  ceiling  mountable  ones  and  use  three  pin  plugs,  the  two  pins  are  used  by  the  filters,  power  heads  etc.  I  have  erratic  electrical  supply  at  home  and  have  had  timers  conk  of  once  in  a  while,  I  just  pulled  out  the  timer  and  replaced  it  with  another  one.  The  defunct  timer  were  repaired  for  me  by  Deepak  Brid.
 
 If  you  attempt  this  I  would  suggest  that  you  ask  your  electrician  to  make  the  timer  more  accessible  for  removal/repairs  and  battery  changes.  I  have  to  unscrew  eight  little  screws  to  open  the  box,  and  the  little  buggers  get  lost  immediately  and  that  screws  up  my  day  Very Happy  .  
 
 I  don't  seem  to  have  a  picture  ready  at  hand,  but  let  me  sift  through  the  thousands  of  photos  that  I  have  on  the  laptop  and  see  if  I  can  locate  one.  I  assure  you  that  aesthetically  this  will  be  much  better  than  having  a  tangle  of  wires  near  your  tank.
 
 By  the  way  both  my  tanks  run  from  this  timer  board
 

 
                 

 
 Thanks  uni.
 I  am  in  the  same  boat  as  yourself,  so  I  will  also  get  it  constructed  by  some  one.
 We  have  frequent  power  breakdowns,  is  there  a  way  by  which  timer  can  be  protected  by  power  surges  etc.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 12:21 pm Post subject: Re: Digital Timer for lights in planted tank Reply with quote

 Zakk
 Your  picture  is  not  visible  to  me,  maybe  firewall  issues.
 Post  it  in  IAH  gallery  if  possible.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 3:06 pm Post subject: Re: Digital Timer for lights in planted tank Reply with quote

                                                   
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 We  have  frequent  power  breakdowns,  is  there  a  way  by  which  timer  can  be  protected  by  power  surges  etc.                

 
 Should  a  stabilizer  do  the  trick  (Does  it  protect  against  not  so  strong  surges?)?  I  face  the  same  problem  and  have  heard  many  complain  about  how  frequently  they  lose  their  timers!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 3:33 pm Post subject: Re: Digital Timer for lights in planted tank Reply with quote

 Aha!!  Got  it  at  last.
 This  is  one  that  looked  nice  and  made  me  want  one.
 
 http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/community/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=11805&highlight=timer
 
 
 Better  way  is  like  Zakk,  using  spike  buster.  
 Do  these  Frontier  timers  have  any  Earthing??  if  you  do  earth  it,  it  shouldnt  conk-off  so  easily.
 
 
 My  timer,a  little  different,  its  equi  to  8  frontiers.  All  inside  the  box-  forget  it.
 Just  wanted  to  show  you  the  board  that  you  could  build/order,  and  connections  you  could  do  on  board.  Should  be  straight  forward  for  a  electrical  guy  though.
 
 ATB....and  ATB  again!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 3:36 pm Post subject: Re: Digital Timer for lights in planted tank Reply with quote

 +1  with  Asish  (jack86).
 
 I  have  lost  3  frontier  timer  in  my  sisters  tank.  Finally  brought  a  v-guard  600va  stabilizer.  Now  no  issues.   Smile  
 
 Even  spike  buster  should  work.  When  checked  a  good  spike  buster,  Its  almost  costing  the  same  price  of  a  stabilizer.  Hence  brought  a  stabilizer  finally.  Now  no  issues  with  the  timer  conking  off...
 
 I  have  followed  the  same  method  Unni  had  mentioned.  But  I  did  all  be  myself..  Smile
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 Frontier  timer  does  not  have  earth!!!  Thumb Down
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 fixed  the  link
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 Ive  a  good  digital  timer  its  german  made  dnt  worry  ill  make  you  aware  of  it   Cheering
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