The project we are discussing here is a very special one that turned out to be basis for several other flexible applications. As the designs improved the building team aimed at creating some complete projects that were superior to generic code snippets. The server room environmental monitoring system developed by them is a high performance low cost system whose features are identical with their commercial counterparts that will exceed the price of this by several hundred dollars. Along with a low cost platform, they will offer low cost sensors for several important equipment that insure that the device stays absolutely safe and sound.
The lighting used in this project was very simple that can be picked from any small light shop. However, if you can look for a lighting system that uses a digital ballast, it will make your project a more energy efficient one. It is a better option that the previous old coil designs. Optimum light usage and climate control can be done with the help of grow tents. Next thing that you need to focus on is a sproutboard i.e. a simple breakout board that has been designed for arduino platform. With this simple monitor you will be able to keep a check on all environmental variables, react dynamically to all and send notifications in case a problem comes up.
Another device to make things simpler for you is a power switch tale. The simple device permits the microcontroller to take care of a high voltage device with very low voltage commands. There is one more additional component that will be used for the sensor board designs for making the sproutboard. The simple sensor board will allow the user to monitor humidity and temperature with a simple wire interface.
You will have to start by putting up the light tent and get shelving which will fit inside the tent. Make hooks from the shop light kit that will help you in raising and lowering the lights. Ensure that each shelf is located on such distance from each other that plants get enough space to grow in an unobstructed manner. Wiring should be clean because you will be keeping electricity and water in the same zone. Run the sensors within the tent through an access panel while the sproutboard is connected with Ethernet and power.
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