I have two of these lights: http://innovative-marine.com/skkye-light/clamp-8-watt-white.html
specifically model 6106
Each light comes with two non-dimmable drivers, one for the day and one for the night lights.
I have an arduino R3 with a LCD Keypad Shield from SainSmart. I want to be able to control all my outlets so I can turn anything off when I want to or with a timer. I'd also like to display a time/water readings from a few sensors on the LCD screen. I'd also like to make my LED lights dimmable in order to program sunrises and sunsets.
I'm currently looking at this for an outlet setup:http://www.mikerags.com/node/24
But I don't think that helps as far as dimmability.
I'm fairly new to electronics as far as circuitry and making my own circuits, but programming is more my expertise.
Overall, here is my goal:
Control 7 outlets:
- 4 of which control the lights (2 outlets day/2 outlets night)
- 1 pump
- 1 skimmer
- 1 heater
Make LED lighting dimmable in order to program sunset/sunrise and clouds/storms
Read a temperature sensor
Can I do all this with a R3?
My biggest concern is making the LEDs dimmable and if it's even possible.
I'm looking at this to get for keeping real time:http://www.amazon.com/SainSmart-DS1307-AT24C32-Clock-module/dp/B006J4FZW4/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=CJR7UR57UTOI&coliid=I2MTJDEUDQUMA6
And I'd prefer to get a pre-made board than making my own, simply because I know it'll work and not blow something up or electrocute myself with 120v.
I was looking at this:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009T215UY/ref=s9_simh_gw_p60_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1BS40T9GKTB4FT824A9H&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1389517282&pf_rd_i=507846
but I don't think that's what I need...
Also looking at possibly these for dimmable drivers, but I don't know if these will work with arduino. The 27P works for 5-8 LEDs. Each light has 6 Day LEDs and 4 night LEDs. The more I think about it, I'm curious if I can run both days (12 LEDs) I could use 48P for both and the 27P for the nights (8 LEDs), though I have no idea if it would work wattage/voltage wise.http://www.rapidled.com/dimmable-drivers/
Any advice on where to start or any tutorials for something like this I can run through?
Thanks in advance!