The Grow Room Automation

The Grow Room goes beyond a regular program by providing customizable automation. Automation means automatic monitoring of environmental conditions (sensors) coupled with control of components (AC outlets, motors, servos, etc) based on timers or logic rules. Logic rules can be saved, exported and copied to other projects making setup fast and easy. If you do not see a particular sensor or control component below that you would like to see included in The Grow Room, please take a moment to Contact Us and let us know and we'll see what we can do.

Available Sensors


Sensor Description Purpose
Air/Water Temperature Measures Air/Water Temperature Monitoring Air and Water Temperatures. The Grow Room can monitor up to 15 temperature sensors showing variations or averages. Air Temperature is critical for proper growth. Precise Air Temperature is critical for optimal growth. Proper water temperature assures all nutrients remain available.

Humidity Measures the moisure level in the air Monitoring Humidity Levels. The Grow Room can monitor up to 5 humidity sensors showing variations or averages. All humidity sensors also contain 1 internal temperature sensor. Precise humidity is critical for optimal growth. Humidity levels too low will cause irreparable damage or death. Humidity levels too high will cause reduced growth or stalled growth.

Soil Moisture Measure the amount of moisture in soil Monitoring of moisture levels in soil. For those that still use soil, knowing the moisture level is critical for optimal growth. Can also indicate poor drainage if moisture levels are constantly too high. Use to determine when to water and how much to water
pH Measures the pH level of nutrient supply water Monitoring pH Levels. The Grow Room can monitor up to 2 pH sensors showing variation or average. All pH sensors can be used with or without a control box. Precise pH levels are critical for optimal growth. pH levels too low or too high will cause various nutrients to become unavailable resulting in irreparable damage or death.

TDS Measures the TDS level of nutrient supply water Monitoring TDS Levels. The Grow Room can monitor up to 2 TDS sensors showing variation or average. All TDS sensors can be used with or without a control box. Precise TDS levels are critical for optimal growth. TDS levels too low or too high will cause nutrient deficiencies or over fertilization resulting in irreparable damage or death.

CO2 Measures the PPM of CO2 in the Air Monitoring CO2 Levels. Enhancing your system with CO2 has consistently shown increased growth levels. CO2 is critical for optimal growth, whether it is naturally occurring or supplied for increased CO2 levels...plants need CO2 to grow.
Threshold Meausre a Yes/No True/False condition in a threshold sensor Threshold sensors are sensors that trigger a Yes/True condition when the sensor passes a certain level and a No/False condition otherwise. Examples of threshold sensors that are supported and available are

Sensor Trigger
IR Motion Sensor Warm body motion in monitored region
Light Sensor Sufficient light
Flame sensor Flame in monitored region
Infrared sensor Breaking the infrared light beam
Water Flow Sensor This threshold sensor differs from the other water/fluid flow sensor in that it only senses if water is flowing and does not measure the actual amount of water that is flowing. This would be more applicable to a drainage pipe that needs to be monitored for possible obstructions.
Light Intensity (LUX) Measure the amount of light being provided at any given position Measuring the amount of light actually being provided can help take the guess work out of the question "Do I have enough light?". The Grow Room supports up to 2 light sensors which can also provide difference information that answers questions like "When do I add side lighting, what is the penetration capability of my lights or how much light does the edge of the area receive vs. the center?".
Barometric Pressure Sensor (Air Pressure) Measures the surrounding air pressure Air pressure fluctuates depending on altitude and weather. For individuals needing to do cross correlation analysis between two locations that signficantly differ in altitude or weather. Air pressure can change exactly how much a plant will transpire and the rate at which gases are exchanged. This has been scientifically documented and therefore is included in The Grow Room's sensor selection.
Distance Measure the distance between the sensor and an object Measuring the distance between objects provides a means to automate light position vs plant height by creating a rule to raise or lower a light (via motor/chain). Or just to alert you when your plants may be too close to the light (and you manually reposition the light). This provides a means to supply the plants with maximum benefit of the light being produced. Since you create the rules, there is no reason to be limited to just these particular applications.
Waterproof Distance Measure the distance between the sensor and the top water level (note: requires a minimum of 30cm to operate) For hydroponics, a reservoir is critical for the system. Use of a waterproof sensor mounted above the water (so it never touches the nutrient solution) provides a means to do a multitude of tasks. It can automate accurate recording of water consumption by the plants, trigger (or alert you) as to when to add water (which can also be automated if you use an electric water valve linked to the control box), notify you of problems if you have an Ebb & Flow system that is no longer "Flowing" because the pump stopped working. Again, since you create the rules, there is no reason to be limited to just these particular applications.
Current Measure the amount of current being used through The Grow Room's power box Measuring the amount of current being used can provide information for cost analysis, efficiency analysis and component failure notification.
Water/Fluid Flow Measure the actual amount of water/fluid flow Measuring the amount of water/fluid flowing through a particular hose can be used to make sure critical water pumps are working and working as expected. Obstructions in the water flow (from roots for example) can impeded water flow to the point of damaging plants. Water flow reduction past a certain acceptable level can be addressed before it becomes serious. May also point out failing pumps that have not yet completely failed.


Available Controls


Type Description Purpose
AC Outlet Controller
4 Channel
4 Individually controlled AC Outlets (Max 1200 Watts Total) Control anything that plugs into an AC outlet for which any single or combined total usage does not exceed 1200 Watts. Circuit protection at 1200 Watts.
AC Outlet Controller
8 Channel
8 Individually controlled AC Outlets (Max 1200 Watts Total) Control anything that plugs into an AC outlet for which any single or combined total usage does not exceed 1200 Watts. Circuit protection at 1200 Watts.
AC Outlet HO Controller
2 Channel
2 Individually controlled AC Outlets (Max 2300 Watts Total) Control anything that plugs into an AC outlet for which any single or combined total usage does not exceed 2300 Watts. Circuit protection at 2300 Watts.
Stepper Motor Controller
2 Channel
2 Individually controlled stepper motors (motors sold separately) Use to control automation of pH Up/Down and/or Nutrient Dosing.
Use for raising or lowering something.
Stepper Motor Controller
4 Channel
4 Individually controlled stepper motors (motors sold separately) Use to control automation of pH Up/Down and/or Nutrient Dosing.
Use for raising or lowering something.
Stepper Motor Controller
6 Channel
6 Individually controlled stepper motors (motors sold separately) Use to control automation of pH Up/Down and/or Nutrient Dosing.
Use for raising or lowering something.
Servo Controller
5 Channel
5 Individually controlled servos (servos sold separately) Can control air ducts, flaps, angles. Precisely control the position of an item between 0 and 180 degrees.


Rules


Rule Description Purpose

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