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)
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.
- Go to the Set-Up / Preferences tab and turn on “Device Detection (RDM)” indicated by orange box.
- 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)”.
You have now properly configured your lighting system.
Now you can start recording spectrums, Day plans and crop plans.