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WHAT IS INCLUDED

INTRODUCTION

SAFETY, GENERAL OPERATION, & DISCLAIMER

Water and Salt Spray

Static Electricity

Electricity

Other

SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions

CONTROL MENU AND INTERFACE

Main Screen Display

Menu Structure

Explanation of the Menus

Extras Menu

CONTROLLING MULTIPLE MAKERSDRIVERS

INSTALLATION AND WIRING

MOUNTING

Recommended Build Supplies

TROUBLESHOOTING MATRIX

FIRMWARE & SOFTWARE UPDATE

WARRANTY

CONTACT

WHAT IS INCLUDED

INTRODUCTION

The MakersCONTROLLER works in combination with the MakersDRIVER(s) to create sunrise, sunset and other special effects throughout the day. Once the color ratios have been independently dialed in on the MakersDRIVER knobs, the MakersCONTROLLER scales those ratios up and down to match a user defined schedule.

Installation of the MakersCONTROLLER is as simple as plugging in the cable into a MakersDRIVER. By tethering multiple MakersDRIVERs back to single MakersCONTROLLER, remote control can be provided to over 20 networked MakersDRIVERs*.

In addition, the MakersCONTROLLER  provides advanced features such as lunar cycle, basic cloud cover, and noon peak. The MakersCONTROLLER also provides a Demo/Preview mode which allows you to quickly scroll through every minute of the day and preview an entire day’s worth of lighting settings in a few minutes.

* Each MakersDRIVER acts as an active signal repeater. The MakersCONTROLLER has been tested with 21 MakersDRIVERs using 1.5ft and 24ft cables cables.

SAFETY, GENERAL OPERATION, & DISCLAIMER

You are the builder and integrator, so you are responsible for all aspects of safety. Improper use of supplies, tools, bright lights, and electricity may cause damage to yourself and/ or your property. This product is intended for qualified builders.

Water and Salt Spray

Do not allow water splash or salt spray to come into contact with the MakersCONTROLLER. Keep your fixture and MakersCONTROLLER far enough away from your tank so this is not a problem.

Static Electricity

Static discharges to circuits can destroy them or cause them to operate erratically. ALWAYS DISCHARGE YOURSELF on something metal before touching electronics.

Electricity

The MakersCONTROLLER is a low voltage device. Regardless, always practice electrical safety. If used improperly, it can hurt or kill you. Use GFCI outlets and properly ground metal surfaces.

Other

MakersCONTROLLER is not weather rated and is intended for indoor use only. Keep bags and small parts away from children.

SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions


Cable Length: 10 feet
Connector: 3.5mm audio style (stereo /3 conductor only)
Powered: Low voltage via MakersDRIVER data cable connection

CONTROL MENU AND INTERFACE

Control of the MakersCONTROLLER is accomplished through the push/turn knob and character LCD display. Push the knob to enter the settings.

Main Screen Display

Menu Structure

Explanation of the Menus

An explanation of the menus is best done using a graphic:


Extras Menu

CONTROLLING MULTIPLE MAKERSDRIVERs



As seen in the
Menu Structure, the MakersCONTROLLER has two built-in channels of remote control: CH1 and CH2. The remote control control works as follows:

The MakersCONTROLLER will never scale the light greater than what has been dialed in on the MakersDRIVER knobs. The MakersDRIVER knobs should always be used to dial in the desired color ratios.

To accomplish the greatest amount of control over full spectrum builds, follow these steps:

  1. Divide the LED circuits into warmer/white and cooler/blue colors*
  1. Example:
  1. Wire warmer colored LEDs to each of the MakersDRIVERs’ LED CH1 terminal blocks
  2. Wire cooler colored LEDs to each of the MakersDRIVERs’ LED CH2 terminal blocks
  1. Set both of the MakersCONTROLLER CH1 and CH2 Intensities to 100% (Day Default)
  2. Dial in each of the MakersDRIVER manual dimming knobs until the desired color ratio is found.
  3. If the overall LED intensity is higher than desired, dial down the intensity using the MakersCONTROLLER “Max Intensity” menu (recommended) -or- manually dial down all of the MakersDRIVER knobs equally, and then rebalance the color ratios.
  4. Configure Sunrise/Sunset times, as well as any other advanced features
  5. Verify settings and color mixing using the “Demo/Preview” mode.
  6. “Save and Exit”

*Note: This does not have to (and most likely will not) be a perfect split! Mix colors as needed to utilize driver capacity. Full spectrum colors such as cyan, deep red, or violet will be mixed into these warmer and cooler channels.

The knobs on the MakersDRIVERs always provide the greatest level of individual control. The MakersCONTROLLERs job is to scale all the knob-set MakersDRIVER intensity ratios up and down according to your schedule.

INSTALLATION AND WIRING


The MakersCONTROLLER has an integrated cable which plugs into the INPUT port on the MakersDRIVER. This integrated cable passes dimming commands onto the MakersDRIVER (and also powers the MakersCONTROLLER).

 

Installation Steps:

NOTES:

1 Confirm that the connector is fully seated in the connector socket. If the connector is not fully seated, it could cause the MakersCONTROLLER to trip its resettable fuse (<5 minutes).

2 The MakesDRIVER connector ports use 3 conductor/stereo audio type cables which are widely available. Do not use 4 conductor cables such as those used on many Apple products. If in doubt, use only MakersLED labeled cables.

3 If the INPUT/OUTPUT connections are not made properly, data will not pass from one MakersDRIVER to another, and the MakersCONTROLLER will not power up.

MOUNTING

The MakersCONTROLLER is designed to be mounted directly to the side of the MakersLED heatsink or hung on any surface which can accept a couple of screws (using the integrated screw tabs).

 

To mount to the side of the MakersLED heatsink, pinch the top and bottom of the MakersCONTROLLER enough for the MakersCONTROLLER tabs to both snap into the grooves on the MakersLED heatsink.

The MakersCONTROLLER can mounted with a variety of screws or bolts through the keyhole mounting tabs. The center mark of the two keyholes is 5.18 inches (132mm). The mounting screws or bolts do not have to be tightened down completely allowing the controller to be easily removed.

RECOMMENDED BUILD SUPPLIES

TROUBLESHOOTING MATRIX

No Display

First confirm the MakersDRIVER has power - Look for red indicator lights on side of MakersDRIVER; confirm MakersDRIVER powers Fan or LEDs.

Confirm the MakersCONTROLLER is plugged into the plug on the MakersDRIVER labeled INPUT.

I have multiple MakersDRIVERS linked together but not all of them are responding to the MakersCONTROLLER.

Confirm the cables are connected in the correct order.

MakersCONTROLLER >> input (on MakersDRIVER) >> (output on MakersDRIVER) >> (to input on next MakersDRIVER) … and so on.

I heard there is new software or features?

The MakersDRIVER has a boot loader which allow for software upgrades. As new software becomes available, we will make it available to the public.

My lights randomly change intensity.

The cloud cover option is turned on.

My moon light was working but now it has disappeared!

Lunar cycle is turned on. Also, review the manual knobs of the MakersDRIVER(s) has not been adjusted.

My lights increase 10% in the middle of the day.

Noon Peak is turned on.

FIRMWARE & SOFTWARE UPDATE

As new firmware becomes available, it will be available through the support page or through email correspondence with support@makersled.com. To review the current firmware version, go into the following menu: EXTRAS> SHOW INFO MENU.

WARRANTY

90 day limited warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. MakersLED LLC will determine the root cause of the defect, and your item may be repaired or replaced free of charge. Customers pay for shipping to our service location, and we pay for the return shipment. For any repairs determined to be the fault of the end user, it will be the responsibility of the end user to pay for any postage, time, or materials.

CONTACT

http://www.MakersLED.com

support@makersled.com