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Neptune Systems AquaController Apex WXM VorTech & Radion Wireless Expansion Module
Neptune Systems AquaController Apex WXM VorTech & Radion Wireless Expansion Module

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Overview

*Place EcoTech VorTech pumps and Radion LEDs under Apex control
*Expansion accessory support up to 11 pumps and/or Radion fixtures
*Enjoy custom advanced control of water movement, LED effects & more!

Place EcoTech Marine VorTech EcoSmart Propeller Pumps and EcoTech Marine Radion LED Light Fixtures under Apex control for independent or integrated control over aquarium water movement and LED lighting. Neptune Systems AquaController Apex WXM VorTech & Radion Wireless Expansion Module is an expansion accessory for your AquaController Apex Controller System and Neptune Systems AquaController Apex Jr System that unlocks amazing wireless control!

Neptune Systems AquaController Apex WXM VorTech & Radion Wireless Expansion Module provides the ability to control Ecotech Marine wireless pumps and Radion LED fixtures from your AquaController system. You can control them based on time of day, in response to feed timers, or any event you can think of using the powerful Apex programming language.

Neptune Systems AquaController Apex WXM VorTech & Radion Wireless Expansion Module features 11 Independent channels to support up to 11 EcoTech Marine wireless pumps and/or Radion LED fixtures. Enjoy complete control of your lights and/or wavemaker from the Apex Dashboard or any of the Apex Mobile Apps. Connects to and powered by the Apex system via the Apex AquaBus Connections Ports.

Features

  • Wirelessly controls any of EcoTech Marine's wireless pumps (Wireless Wave Driver or EcoSmart) and Radion LED fixtures.
  • 11 Independent channels to support up to 11 pumps and/or Radion fixtures.
  • Supports EcoTech Marine's Constant, Reef Crest, Lagoon Random, Nutrient Transport*, Tidal Swell*, Pulse, Sync and Anti-Sync modes (*Requires EcoSmart pump driver).
  • Independently controls the intensity of the different LED channels in EcoTech Radion lighting.
  • Pumps and lights can be changed based on conditions and events throughout the day using powerful Apex programming commands.
  • The WXM attaches to and is powered by the Apex system via AquaBus.
  • Automatic Plug N Play for easy setup and configuration.
  • Pumps and lights can be dynamically added/removed from the system.
  • Upgradable WXM and EcoTech firmware upgrade through AquaBus via the Apex Base Module.
  • Multi-color LED Status and Wireless Status indicators.
  • 2 AquaBus ports for flexible system connections.
  • Comes with a 3 ft AquaBus cable.
  • Compatible with all Apex systems - Apex, Lite and Jr.

Physical Installation
WARNING: Your Apex Base Module must be running firmware version 4.30 or higher to support the Wireless Expansion Module (WXM). The current firmware version can be checked from the Apex Display on the Self Test screen. If needed, please upgrade the Apex Base Module firmware before proceeding with the installation. See the Apex Setup and Programming Guide for firmware upgrade instructions.

The AquaController WXM should be securely mounted as close as possible to the EcoTech Marine Wireless Wave Driver (WWD), EcoSmart driver or Radion LED fixture in a location free from moisture. Use wood screws through the mounting tabs of the expansion module case or if mounting on drywall, use drywall anchors (mounting hardware not included).

  • Mount the WXM as close as possible to your EcoTech pump or light fixture to ensure reliable wireless communication.
  • Mount all modules above the water line of the aquarium.
  • Be sure to utilize drip loops on all power cords, AquaBus cables and probe cables.

WARNING: Water damage will void your warranty! Mount all modules in locations safe from moisture exposure.

Initial Connections
Plug one end of the included AquaBus cable into one of the AquaBus ports on the WXM and the other end into an available AquaBus port on your existing Apex system. It makes no difference which AquaBus port is used and you do not need to power down the system when connecting AquaBus accessories as the system is plug-and-play.

WARNING: NEVER plug standard USB devices into any AquaBus connector or AquaBus accessories into computer USB ports. Damage to the AquaBus accessory and/or USB device may result.

Start Up
As soon as the WXM is connected to an active AquaBus, the probe module will power up and begin to initialize. When first connected to an AquaController Base Module (through the AquaBus), the WXM will automatically be assigned an AquaBus address and be added to the AquaController configuration. The LED Status indicator on the WXM will flash yellow while it is being initialized. Once initialized, the LED Status indicator will be solid green. The LED Status Indicator will flash yellow when the WXM is powered on and communication with the AquaController Base Module is lost.

Verify the Installation
Verify the WXM was initialized and added to the AquaController Apex configuration:
Apex Display: Setup> Module Setup> Modify Name - From this screen, you can see all AquaBus modules installed on the system.
Web Interface: Configuration> Module Setup - Verify the WXM is listed in the Apex Module List.

Update WXM, Pump and Radion Firmware
A new version of firmware for the WXM and EcoTech pumps may be included with Apex Base Module firmware updates. You should check the firmware version status when the WXM is first installed and after updating the AquaController Base Module firmware. See the section titled Updating Firmware in the AquaController Apex Setup and Programming Guide for instructions to update AquaController Apex Base Module and WXM firmware.

To check or update an Apex module firmware:
Apex Display: Setup> Module Setup> Update Module - Use the Up/Down arrows to highlight the Apex module to update, push Select to update.
Web Interface: Configuration> Module Setup - In the Module Configure area, in the Module box, select the Apex module to update from the dropdown list, click the Update Firmware radial button, click the Submit Module Update button, a new browser window will open to display the update status.

Radion LED Fixtures
In order to connect to Radion fixtures, your WXM firmware must be Rev 1.11 or greater and the RF Rev must be 1.2 or greater. You can view your WXM Rev versions in the Module Setup screen. In addition, your controller must be on version 4.30 or higher. If your system meets these requirements, you can skip to 'Attaching Devices to the WXM' otherwise you must update your software:

  1. First, download and apply the latest firmware version from Neptune's support web page. Firmware must be version 4.30 or greater. Remember to update the Web Pages as well.
  2. From the Module Setup web page, select your WXM module to be updated.
  3. Click on the 'Update Firmware' radial button.
  4. Click 'Submit Module Change'. Your WXM firmware will be updated.

Radion RF Update
After updating the firmware in your WXM module (see above), you must update the RF module inside the WXM. There is a new option in the Module Setup web page when you select the WXM module specifically to do this.

  1. From the Module Status page, select your WXM module to be updated.
  2. Select the 'WXM RF Firmware' option.
  3. Click on 'Submit Module Change'. You'll see a progress message in the Module Status box.
  4. Wait 10-15 seconds after you get the 'Complete' message, then unplug your WXM from the AquaBus.
  5. Wait a couple seconds then reconnect the WXM to the AquaBus.
  6. At this point, the revision levels for both the WXM and the RF should be updated. Rev must be 1.11 or greater and RF Rev must be 1.2 or greater.

EcoTech Pump Driver Firmware Update
The WWD and EcoSmart drivers must be updated to a minimum firmware level before they can be controlled by the WXM. See Table 1-Minimum Firmware Versions for minimum firmware versions.

The firmware version installed on an EcoTech Marine pump driver can be determined by counting the LED blinking sequence when the pump is initially powered on. The major revision is indicated by the number of green blinks while the minor revision by the number of blue blinks. For example, 3 green blinks followed by 1 blue blink indicates version 3.1. If your pumps were manufactured after 2010, then likely there will be no need for a firmware update to your pumps unless you are instructed to do so by Neptune Systems or EcoTech Marine. Please skip ahead to 'Attaching Devices to the WXM'.

Pump Type Minimum Firmware Version
MP40W 3.1
MP10 EcoSmart 1.5
MP40 EcoSmart 1.5

If your pumps are up to date, continue configuring your WXM and EcoTech Marine pumps by following the directions in the section titled Attaching Devices to the WXM.

If your pump needs a firmware update, it can be upgraded through the WXM.

  • To update WWD pumps, follow the steps outlined in the section titled WWD Firmware Update.
  • To update EcoSmart pumps that have not been connected or configured to connect to the WXM, they must be updated manually using the instructions in the section titled 'EcoSmart Manual Firmware Update'.
  • EcoSmart pumps already connected to the WXM can be updated using the automatic mode using the instructions in the 'EcoSmart Automatic Firmware Update' section.

NOTE: To downgrade EcoSmart pumps, the Automatic mode cannot be used, the manual method must be used in this case.

WWD Firmware Update
Follow these steps to update the WWD firmware. The update procedure is initiated and controlled at the Apex Display, these procedures cannot be performed from the Apex Web Interface.

WARNING: Place the WXM and WWD within 2 feet of each other to ensure reliable wireless communication during the entire firmware update procedure. Make sure all EcoTech pumps are powered OFF except the pump being updated. Wireless communication from other EcoTech Marine pumps can interfere with the update process.

Apex Display: Setup> Module Setup> Config Module

  1. If you have more than one WXM connected to the Apex, use the up and down arrows to highlight the WXM that is within 2 feet of the pump to be updated and press Select.
  2. Use the up and down arrow keys to highlight WWD Update and press Select. The Apex Display will indicate:
    WWD Update
    Download: XX%
  3. Once the download has completed, the Apex Display will indicate:
    WWD Update
    Download Complete
    Begin Pump
    Firmware update
    Pumps Updated: X
  4. Remove power to all EcoTech Marine wireless pumps (both WWD and EcoSmart pumps).
  5. On the pump you wish to update, press and hold the Set and Mode buttons while you apply power to the WWD pump. Continue to hold these buttons (about 10 seconds) until the WWD LED flashes red/white. Release the buttons. NOTE: Only the pump being updated should be powered on during the update procedure. Wireless communications from other EcoTech Marine pumps can interfere with the update process.
  6. Press and hold the Set button (about 10 seconds) on the WWD until the LED flashes white/blue rapidly and the update process will begin. The update process can take up to 6 minutes.
  7. Once the update has completed, the Apex Display will increment the Pumps Updated: count and the WMD LED will flash red/white.
  8. To verify the pump's firmware version, power cycle the pump and count the LED blinking sequence when the pump is initially powered on. The major revision is indicated by the number of green blinks while the minor revision by the number of blue blinks. For example, 3 green blinks followed by 1 blue blink indicates version 3.1.
  9. To update more WWD pumps, repeat steps 4 through 8.

Web Interface:

  1. Select your WXM module on the Module Setup web page.
  2. Select the WWD Firmware Update button.
  3. Click the Update WXM Firmware button.

EcoSmart Manual Firmware Update
Follow these steps to update the EcoSmart firmware using the manual update method. The update procedure is initiated and controlled at the Apex Display; these procedures cannot be performed from the Apex Web Interface.

WARNING: Place the WXM and EcoSmart within 2 feet of each other to ensure reliable wireless communication during the entire firmware update procedure. Make sure all EcoTech pumps are powered OFF except the pump being updated. Wireless communication from other EcoTech Marine pumps can interfere with the update process.

Apex Display: Setup> Module Setup> Config Module

  1. If you have more than one WXM connected to the Apex, use the up and down arrows to highlight the WXM that is within 2 feet of the pump to be updated and press Select.
  2. Use the up and down arrow keys to highlight EcoSmart Update and press Select. The Apex Display will indicate:
    EcoSmart Update
    Download: XX%
  3. Once the download has completed, the Apex Display will indicate:
    EcoSmart Update
    Download Complete
    Begin Pump
    Firmware Update
    Pumps Updated: X
  4. Remove power to all EcoTech Marine wireless pumps (both WWD and EcoSmart pumps).
  5. On the pump you wish to update, press and hold the Set and Mode buttons while you apply power to the EcoSmart pump. Continue to hold these buttons (about 10 seconds) until the EcoSmart control dial LED flashes red/white. Release the buttons. NOTE: Only the pump being updated should be powered on during the update procedure. Wireless communications from other EcoTech Marine pumps can interfere with the update process.
  6. Press and hold the Set button (about 10 seconds) on the EcoSmart until the control dial LED flashes white/blue rapidly and the update process will begin. The update process can take up to 2 minutes.
  7. Once the update has completed, the Apex Display will increment the Pumps Updated: count and the EcoSmart LED will flash red/white.
  8. To verify the pump's firmware version, power cycle the pump and count the LED blinking sequence when the pump is initially powered on. The major revision is indicated by the number of green blinks while the minor revision by the number of blue blinks. For example, 3 green blinks followed by 1 blue blink indicates version 3.1.
  9. To update more EcoSmart pumps, repeat steps 4 through 8.

Web Interface:

  1. Select your WXM module on the Module Setup web page.
  2. Select the EcoSmart Firmware Manual button.
  3. Click the Update WXM Firmware button.

EcoSmart Automatic Firmware Update
Follow these steps to update the EcoSmart firmware using the automatic update method. Pumps that are configured on the WXM can be updated using this method. The update procedure is initiated and controlled at the Apex Display; these procedures cannot be performed from the Apex Web Interface.

NOTE: Automatic update will only update an EcoSmart's firmware; it cannot downgrade firmware. If it is necessary to downgrade firmware, follow the steps in the section titled Error! Reference source not found.

WARNING: Place the WXM and EcoSmart within 2 feet of each other to ensure reliable wireless communications during the entire firmware update procedure. Make sure all EcoTech pumps are powered OFF except the pump being updated. Wireless communications from other EcoTech Marine pumps can interfere with the update process.

Apex Display: Setup>Module Setup> Config Module

  1. If you have more than one WXM connected to the Apex, use the up and down arrows to highlight the WXM where the pump is connected and press Select. NOTE: Only the configured/attached Pumps being updated should be powered on during the update procedure. Wireless communications from other unattached/unconfigured EcoTech Marine pumps can interfere with the update process.
  2. Use the up and down arrow keys to highlight EcoSmart Update and press Select. The Apex Display will indicate:
    EcoSmart Update
    Download: XX%
  3. Once the download has completed, the Apex Display will indicate:
    EcoSmart Update
    Download Complete
    Begin Pump
    Firmware Update
    Pumps Updated: X
  4. The WXM will automatically update all the EcoSmart pumps configured on the WXM.
  5. To verify the pump's firmware version, power cycle the pump and count the LED blinking sequence when the pump is initially powered on. The major revision is indicated by the number of green blinks while the minor revision by the number of blue blinks. For example, 3 green blinks followed by 1 blue blink indicates version 3.1.

Web Interface:

  1. Select your WXM module on the Module Setup web page.
  2. Select the EcoSmart Firmware Auto button.
  3. Click the Update WXM Firmware button.

Attaching Devices to the WXM
Attaching Pumps
Once you have confirmed your pumps have the required firmware version, you must "attach" the pump to the WXM so they can be controlled by the Apex system.

To attach the pump to the WXM:

  1. The pump's memory must be cleared so it can be attached to the WXM:
    1. With the pump powered on, press and hold the Set and Mode buttons (about 3 seconds) until the pump's LED flashes red/white/blue. Release the buttons.
    2. Press and hold the Mode button (about 3 seconds) until the pump's LED flashes purple/red. Release the button.
    3. Press and hold the Set button (about 3 seconds) until the pump resets.
  2. Assign the pump as a slave to the WXM:
    1. With the pump powered on, press and hold the Set and Mode buttons (about 3 seconds) until the pump's LED flashes red/white/blue. Release the buttons.
    2. Tap the Set button.
      1. If the pump was successfully attached to the WXM, the pump LED will flash blue/yellow.
      2. If the pump flashes blue/red, the attachment failed. Retry the procedure starting at step 1.
  3. Once the pump has been attached to the WXM, an Apex Outlet will be created to allow programming of the pump. The first pump attached will be named VorTech_X_1 and the second VorTech_X_2. The X will be replaced with the AquaBus number assigned to the WXM on which the pump was attached. The default outlet names can be changed using typical Apex programming procedures. See the Apex Setup and Programming guide for more information.

The EcoTech Marine pumps attached to a WXM can be viewed from the Apex Display by opening the Control/Status> WXM Status screen.

Attaching a Radion
NOTE: Once you attach a Radion fixture to the WXM, you will no longer be able to connect or control your fixture via EcoSmart Live.

  1. Again, you will use the Module Setup web page. Select your WXM module.
  2. Select the 'Reset Radions' button. Your Radion lights will briefly flash then go off.
  3. Select the 'Attach Radions' button. After a moment, your lights will be paired to the WXM module. To verify, go to your Outlet Configuration web page. You should see new outlets your Radion created.

Programming
Pumps
Once the EcoTech Marine pumps have been attached to the WXM by following the steps in the section titled Web Interface:

  1. Select your WXM module on the Module Setup web page.
  2. Select the EcoSmart Firmware Auto button.
  3. Click the Update WXM Firmware button.

ATTACHING DEVICES TO THE WXM, an outlet is added to the Apex system that is used to program the pump. Basic programming instructions are included in this manual but more detailed instructions can be found in the Apex Setup and Programming Guide in the section titled Variable Speed Port Programming and in the Advanced Programming Examples Appendix.

The VorTech outlets can be programmed using the Pump wizard built in to the Apex. Set the outlet Program Type to Pump and set the variables as described below:

Fallback - The state the pump should switch to if contact between the WXM and base module is lost (on or off).

Initial Off Time When this pump first starts, this is the amount of time the pump should be off before proceeding to the On Time (minutes: seconds).

On Time - After the Initial Off Time expires, this is the amount of time the pump should be On before proceeding to the Off Time (minutes: seconds).

Off Time - After the On Time expires, this is the amount of time the pump should be Off before proceeding back to Initial Off Time (minutes: seconds).

Feed timer - The Feed Timer that should turn off this pump (A, B, C or D).

Feed timer delay - The time after the Feed Timer expires before starting the pump back up.

However, to get the most flexibility and control of variable speed VorTech pumps, the Advanced Program Type should be used in combination with Apex variable speed Profiles. Profiles are edited from either the Web Interface or the Apex Display. A new profile type called VorTech has been added to support the WXM module. The VorTech profile type has the following VorTech Pump Control types:

Constant - The constant type allows it to be run at a constant speed from 0 to 100%.

Reef Crest - The Reef Crest Random type is used to simulate a high-energy reef-crest environment. Refer to the VorTech pump owner's manual for more information. The maximum pump intensity can be configured in this mode.

Lagoon - The Lagoon Random type is used to simulate a low-energy lagoon reef environment. Refer to the VorTech pump owner's manual for more information. The maximum pump intensity can be configured in this mode.

Pulse - The Pulse type is used to generate periodic wave pulses in the tank. The period change can be adjusted from .25 seconds to 1300 seconds. Also, the maximum pump intensity can be configured in this mode. The table below shows the on times used to generate resonate waves in our test tanks. The values used in your tank may be slightly different but these should be a good starting point.

Tank Width
(feet)
ON Time
3 .055 seconds
4 0.8 seconds
6 1.2 seconds
8 1.8 seconds
Table 2 - Starting Pulse Widths

Tidal Swell - The Tidal Swell type is an EcoSmart only mode used to generate left to right, right to left, calm, surge flows in the tank. The maximum pump intensity can be configured in this mode.

Nutrient Tran - The Nutrient Transport Mode is an EcoSmart only mode used to generate resonant waves, and a surge effect in the tank. The maximum pump intensity can be configured in this mode.

Sync - The Sync Type allows for one pump to be synchronized to another pump. The maximum intensity as well as the master pump to synchronize is specified in this profile type. Synchronizing a non-EcoSmart pump to an EcoSmart pump running the Tidal Swell or Nutrient Transport mode is not possible.

Anti-Sync - The Anti-Synchronizing Type allows one pump to be in a opposite state of another pump. The maximum intensity as well as the master pump to Anti-Sync is specified in this profile type. Anti Synchronizing a non-EcoSmart pump to an EcoSmart pump running the Tidal Swell or Nutrient Transport mode is not possible.

Eco-Back - The EcoSmart Back Type allows for one pump to run the EcoSmart Back pump mode. See the EcoSmart Pump's owner's manual for more details. The maximum intensity, as well as the master pump, to be synchronized to is specified in this profile type. Eco-Back, a non-EcoSmart pump to an EcoSmart pump is not possible.

Advanced Pump Program Example
The following program assumes that there are two pumps in the Aquarium - one on the right side, and one on the left side. This example shows how each pump can be controlled independently, and its mode of operation changed multiple times throughout the day. The following table shows how the profiles required for this program example.

Profile Name Mode Notes
ReefCrst Reef Crest Max Intensity 100%
TidalSwl Tidal Swell Max Intensity 80%
Nutrient Nutrient Export Max Intensity 90%
Pulse Pulse Max Intensity 100%,
on time to 0.55 seconds
Night Constant Max Intensity 50%
Sync Synchronize Max Intensity 100%,
sync to VorTechLeft
Anti-Sync Anti-Sync Max Intensity 100%,
sync to VorTechLeft
Slow Constant Max Intensity 25%
Table 3 - Profiles Defined for Program Example

The following programs are used for each of the VorTech outlets.

VorTechLeft
Set Pulse
If Time 8:00 to 10:00 Then ReefCrst
If Time 12:00 to 14:00 Then TidalSwl
If Time 16:00 to 20:00 Then Nutrient
If Time 22:00 to 06:00 Then Night
If FeedA 000 Then Slow
If FeedD 000 Then Off

VorTechRight
Set antiSync
If Time 8:00 to 9:00 Then Sync
If Time 12:00 to 13:00 Then Sync
I Time 16:00 to 21:00 Then Sync
If Time 22:00 to 06:00 Then Night
If FeedA 000 Then Slow
If FeedD 000 Then Off

Table 4-Pump States lists the various states of the pump at times throughout the day. If FeedA cycle is initiated, both pumps will run in a constant speed of 25%. If the FeedD cycle is started, both pumps will be shut off for duration of the feed or maintenance cycle.

Time VorTechLeft Status VorTechRight Status
06:00 to 08:00 Pulse Pulse (anti-sync to left pump)
08:00 to 09:00 Reef Crest Reef Crest (sync to left pump)
09:00 to 10:00 Reef Crest Reef Crest (anti-sync to left pump)
10:00 to 12:00 Pulse Pulse (anti-sync to left pump)
12:00 to 13:00 Tidal Swell Tidal Swell (sync to left pump)
13:00 to 14:00 Tidal Swell Tidal Swell (anti-sync to left pump)
14:00 to 16:00 Pulse Pulse (anti-sync to left pump)
16:00 to 20:00 Nutrient Transport Nutrient Transport (sync to left pump)
20:00 to 21:00 Pulse Pulse (sync to left pump)
21:00 to 22:00 Pulse Pulse (anti-sync to left pump)
22:00 to 06:00 Constant (50%) Constant (50%)
Table 4 - Pump States

Radions
By no means is this a complete guide to programming your Radions and the pending release of Apex Fusion will have a dramatic difference in the programming interface.

Once you've established communications with the Radion fixture(s), it's time to program your lights. Now would be a good time to add the new light outlet to your Dashboard (for instructions on how to do this, see the Comprehensive Reference Manual or visit the Neptune Community Forum at and look in the Dashboard forum).

  1. Test your fixture by turning your light outlet to ON. Your fixture should turn on with 100% intensity, all colors. If so, everything is working and you can set the outlet to OFF for now until it's programmed.
  2. Defining your profiles will be the first step in programming and you do this from the Configuration> Profiles Setup web page. Your light fixture has multiple colored LED's. Each color can be independently controlled in terms of its intensity (0-100%). In addition, the overall intensity or brightness of the fixture can be controlled, again 0-100%. This is established using profiles. You can have up to 32 different profiles defined with the Apex controller. Using profiles, you can define a color assortment for midday and a different color profile for mornings or evenings. This can be thought of as "the how." Follow these steps:
    1. Select an unused profile (default names are PF1-PF32).
    2. Change the default name to a unique profile name. Note that profile names are case sensitive!
    3. Select 'Radion' for the Control Type. You will see all the possible colors along with begin/end overall intensity and Ramp Time. We'll use these in just a minute.
    4. Begin entering your selected color intensities skipping those colors your fixture does not support.
      1. If there is not a color on your fixture, then adjusting the value will have no effect. For example, a Radion G2 doesn't have UV, but a Radion Pro does.
    5. 'Start Overall Intensity' and 'End Overall Intensity' are used to ramp your fixture up or down at the beginning of the day to simulate sunrise or at the end to simulate sunset.
    6. 'Ramp Time' is the duration of the ramp in minutes. For example, begin/end intensities of 30 and 100 with a ramp time of 60 will take your fixture from 30% to 100% over a 60-minute period.
    7. 'Update' to save.
  3. Now we will program "when" the Radion will run these profiles.
    1. Select your newly created Radion outlet in Configuration> Outlet Setup.
    2. Select the "Advanced" for the control type.
    3. The configuration below assumes you've created three profiles named 'RampUp', 'Day' and 'RampDn'. Both of the ramp profiles have a Ramp Time of 120 minutes. RampUp starts at 20% and ends at 100%, RampDn just the opposite. The profile Day has a start and end intensity of 100 and a Ramp Time of 1 since there really isn't any ramp.

Fallback OFF
Set OFF
If Time 08:00 to 10:00 Then RampUp
If Time 10:00 to 16:00 Then Day
If Time 16:00 to 18:00 Then RampDn

Advanced Radion Program Examples

  1. Adding Moonlights to your Radion
    1. Create a profile, name it 'moonlight'.
    2. Set all the color channels to 0 except Blue and Royal Blue which can be set to 100. You can experiment with other colors but this is a good starting point.
    3. Set the begin and end intensities to 1 and the ramp time to 1.
    4. Then in your Radion(s) outlet configuration:

    Fallback OFF

    1. If Time 08:00 to 10:00 Then RampUp
    2. If Time 10:00 to 16:00 Then Day
    3. If Time 16:00 to 18:00 Then RampDn
    4. If Time 18:00 to 08:00 Then moonlight

  2. Adding Weather Events in your Radion
    1. Begin by creating a new profile using the 'weather' control type. Name this profile as you wish. The following fields are used:
      1. Light Maximum Intensity (%): The lighting intensity during periods other than cloudy-this could be sunny or simply overcast.
      2. Cloudy light Intensity (%): The intensity of the lights during a cloudy period -this could be stormy if you use the light intensity to represent overcast.
      3. Cloud Duration (MMM): The number of minutes for each cloudy period.
      4. Cloudy Time (%): The percent of time that it will be cloudy. This is applied against the length of time you chose to run this profile. If you run this profile for 60 minutes with 75% cloudy time, then cloudy time will be 45 minutes. With a 15 minute cloud duration in the example that would mean 3 cloudy periods over the 60 minutes.
      5. Probability of Lightning (%): A metric which sets the frequency of a lightning strike during cloud cover. 0% means no lightning will occur and a 100% value means that lightning will occur almost continuously.
      6. Lightning Intensity (%): The lightning white light intensity during a lightning strike. It can be set between 0 and 100%.
    2. Once you've defined your weather profile, you can incorporate it a variety of ways. The simplest is to just set some times during the day you want weather. For example:

    Fallback OFF

    1. Set OFF
    2. If Time 08:00 to 10:00 Then RampUp
    3. If Time 10:00 to 16:00 Then Day
    4. If Time 16:00 to 18:00 Then RampDn
    5. If Time 11:00 to 12:00 Then weather
    6. If Time 17:00 to 17:30 Then weather

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