Frequently Asked Questions & Tips

Fans

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The measured speed (rpm) is only displayed if the EC fan used provides a corresponding signal.Whether the signal is transmitted depends on the respective EC fan. In addition, the cable used must also transmit the speedometer/rpm signal. This value is for information only and has no influence on the function.

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To control EC fans, a controller for EC fans is required.

The power supply of the EC fan is connected to a normal power socket. The speed adjustment and the switch-off are only controlled via the 0-10V signal from the controller.

If an EC fan is connected to a socket that is designed and set for AC fans, it will not work and the fan and controller may break.

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The power supply of the EC fan is connected to a normal socket. Speed adjustment and switching off is only done via the 0-10V signal from the controller.
A positive side effect: An EC fan does not occupy a socket on the controller.


If an EC fan is plugged into a socket that is set for AC fans, it will not work and the fan and controller may break.

In order for the EC fan to be operated with a controller, it must have a corresponding input. We offer cables and adapters that can be used to connect all common EC fans.

In addition, the EC fan must be voltage controlled. Fans that have built-in temperature control usually cannot be operated with a controller.

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For new acquisitions, we definitely advise EC fans!


The speed of EC fans can be controlled without any hum. In addition, the speed can be reduced to 10%, which is not easily possible with AC fans.


An EC fan always consumes only the energy that corresponds to its speed/load. Therefore, the somewhat higher initial costs are recouped after a short time.

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Yes, GrowBase and GrowBase Pro are equally suitable for controlling EC and AC fans.

CO₂

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Without special laboratory equipment, it is easy to calibrate the sensor or sensors in fresh air.

For this purpose, the sensor can be placed e.g. at an open window.
The CO₂ concentration in the earth's atmosphere is 400 ppm. Fresh air in a city is between 400 and 450 ppm.

The calibration procedure is described in the manual.

Short version:
1. set filter to 7 & transfer
2. place the sensor in fresh air for a few minutes
3. set calibration value & transfer
4. set filter to desired value again and transfer (recommended: 0)

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If all factors (climate, lighting, nutrients etc.) are optimal for the plants, the factor that limits an increase in the photosynthesis rate is the CO₂ content of the air.


You should therefore have all these factors well under control so that the CO₂ addition can have its full effect.


With GrowBase and GrowBase Pro, the CO₂ content of the room air can be controlled and thus a considerable increase in yield can be achieved.

Lighting

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All LED lights with a 0-10V or a 1-10V input can be connected.


For some LED lights we offer ready-made cables.


However, other luminaires can also be connected. The pin/cable assignment of the luminaire must be known. The pin assignment of our controllers is shown in the manual.

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An LED light with a 0-10V input will turn off completely when the signal drops below 1V.

Accordingly, the supply voltage of the LED does not have to be switched off to turn it off.


An LED light with 1-10 V input remains dimmed to 10% even if the signal drops below 1 V.

To switch off 1-10V LEDs completely, the supply voltage of the LED must be switched off. This is where the 4th socket of our GrowBase Pro comes into play, as it is optimized for switching LEDs.

Climate

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The upper limit for the respective setpoint temperature of the heating is "setpoint room temperature" MINUS 1°C.

This applies in each case for day/night/(CO2*).

To increase the upper limit for the heater setting, the respective setpoint for the room temperature must therefore be increased.

This is done to avoid heating and cooling by ventilation/air conditioning at the same time. 


*Since version ...12b there is also a separate heating setting for the CO2 phase.