If you weren’t already aware, HydroGarden are now an official distributor of Gavita Lighting! One of our favourite products is the Gavita Master Controller, and we’re about to tell you why...
Using a Gavita Master controller to control your e-series fixtures offers you maximum control, ease of use, plug and play installation and safety. Just connect the controller cables to the fixtures with the included T-splitter (see diagram), set the dials on the fixtures to EXT (External control), plug the controller and the fixtures directly into mains and you are set to go.
We offer 2 models - the EL1 and EL2. For one room without auxillary equipment or alarm contacts the EL1 is most suitable. If you require switched auxillary equipment during lights on/off or a 2 room 12/12 setup, choose the EL2.
The controller can switch all the interconnected fixtures on and off with its internal timer, adjust them to your required output level (in percentage or exact output power) and even simulate sunrise and sunset to gradually adjust the climate in your grow room when your lights go on or off. This electronic controller replaces expensive lighting timers and contactors while preventing ballast current in-rush when switching on your lights.
Two very important features are the autodim function and emergency shut-down. When the temperature in your grow room rises beyond the control level of your climate control your crop can be damaged beyond recovery. The temperature probe senses this and will automatically dim the lights to not overshoot your safe temperature, and maintain it. The display and warning LED indicate when this happens, and indicate if this has happened while you were away so you can correct the problem. If for any reason your climate control completely fails and the temperature rises to unacceptable levels the system will perform an emergency shutdown of all connected equipment.
The alarm contact of the controller (EL2) can be connected to your alarm system for instant notification.
You can connect all of your e-series fixtures to one controller, even divided in 2 separate rooms with their own temperature sensor for auto-dim at high temperature and emergency shutdown at extreme temperature. For auxiliary equipment, you can connect up-to two accessory Gavita ECM contactor modules, one to switch equipment when lights are on (for example a humidifier, CO2 equipment or air conditioning) and one for during lights off (for example a room heater).
For more information on the Gavita Master Controller, or any other Gavita products, please contact the HydroGarden sales team on: 02476 651 500 or our Lighting Brands Manager Harry.