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Setting up an Alina System


Here are some tips in setting up an Alina System.

Setting up a numbering Schema

In order to control the lights in a meaningful fashion, it is important to define and understand which light is (physically) where.
Having a logical numbering scheme will help tremendously:


Start with the Addressing:

  • You most likely have some kind of “plan view” layout of your grow-bed lights
  • All these lights now should get some “logical” numbering scheme so that they can be easily found later and are not random “all over the place”
  • For example: On “a piece of paper” (or the electronic equivalent) start on the top left of the plan view and call that light device #1 and DMX Adddress 11, go to the light on the right, and call that #2, DMX Address 21 and so on and so forth.
    (Or basically employ some kind of numbering scheme/order that makes sense to you)

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Note: The DMX address usually start fixture 1 at 1, then fixture 2 could be at 10, fixture 3 at 19. 
I like to start them 11 so that the fixture # matches the Address, fixture 1 at 11, then fixture 2 would be at 21, fixture 3 at 31.  fixture 10 at 101.
It really does not matter much and it is merely a convenience.

Once you have that document as a plan view, move over to the RAYNTouch.

  • Assuming you are starting from scratch.
  • If everything is connected, go to the setting menu by touching the gear on the left hand side of screen.
  • In the file menu, save any work you may already have done.
  • In the file menu, click the “NEW” button (CAUTION: everything will be cleared). Click Ok to confirm.

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  • Go to the Set-Up / Preferences tab and turn on “Device Detection (RDM)” indicated by orange  box.

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  • Go back to the “Lighting Tab” and all lights online should become visible here
  • Most likely they are in a “random” order and a lot of DMX numbers may be shown in red (meaning they have conflicting or the same DMX addresses)
  • To figure out “which light is where”, select one light and press the “identify” button
  • The selected light should start to blink
  • Identify the matching light on your paper plan and in RAYN-Touch enter the respective device and DMX numbers and select the correct Zone for that light
  • Repeat until all lights are identified and there are no more “red” DMX numbers.
  • Go back to the Preferences Tab and turn of “Device Discovery (RDM)”.

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You have now properly configured your lighting system.


Now you can start recording spectrums, Day plans and crop plans.

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