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Doug Hart:
We recently installed (34) Blizzard Lighting Motif Vignette fixtures on a pedestrian bridge for the city parks and recreation. They are controlled by a Blizzard  Kontrol 5. They wanted to be able to light up the bridge with colors for different holidays.
They are pleased with the system, but it requires a city worker to go onsite at the end of the day, unlock the weatherproof box that houses the controller, and push the scene button or blackout button to turn the lights on. Same thing in the mornings to turn the lights off.

They asked me if there was a way to automate this process. In my searching, I have not been able to find a solution.
The scene would be set, it would just need something like a photocell or timer to automate the blackout.

Does anyone have an idea for a solution? They are not opposed to spending some money on it if it's a reasonable amount.
If we need to change out the control system to something else, that is certainly a possibility.

Any ideas are welcome. Thank you.

Scott Holtzman:

--- Quote from: Doug Hart on February 22, 2017, 01:41:44 pm ---We recently installed (34) Blizzard Lighting Motif Vignette fixtures on a pedestrian bridge for the city parks and recreation. They are controlled by a Blizzard  Kontrol 5. They wanted to be able to light up the bridge with colors for different holidays.
They are pleased with the system, but it requires a city worker to go onsite at the end of the day, unlock the weatherproof box that houses the controller, and push the scene button or blackout button to turn the lights on. Same thing in the mornings to turn the lights off.

They asked me if there was a way to automate this process. In my searching, I have not been able to find a solution.
The scene would be set, it would just need something like a photocell or timer to automate the blackout.

Does anyone have an idea for a solution? They are not opposed to spending some money on it if it's a reasonable amount.
If we need to change out the control system to something else, that is certainly a possibility.

Any ideas are welcome. Thank you.

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Looks very nice.....I just pulled the specs on your controller.  It does not support any automation.  You need a controller with a MIDI interface so you can control it from a computer.


Simple DMX software would do the trick to.  The Raspberry Pi is a small fanless computer that costs about $25.00 and could be programmed to do this task.

Doug Hart:

--- Quote from: Scott Holtzman on February 22, 2017, 03:20:06 pm ---
Looks very nice.....I just pulled the specs on your controller.  It does not support any automation.  You need a controller with a MIDI interface so you can control it from a computer.


Simple DMX software would do the trick to.  The Raspberry Pi is a small fanless computer that costs about $25.00 and could be programmed to do this task.

--- End quote ---

Thank you.
I thought about the Raspberry Pi, but I know very little about them.
Is there a DMX program that would run on it?

Josh Rawls:
A quick google search came up with this:

https://wiki.openlighting.org/index.php/Open_Lighting_Project

http://www.instructables.com/id/Raspberry-Pi-as-a-DMX-light-controller/

http://www.raspberrypi-dmx.com

I think you can probably make a great solution using those links. Good luck!

David Allred:
The complicated and expensive way would be to connect a photocell to a PLC that fires solenoid pistons to compress the appropriate buttons.  It would be a neat project.

What about a wireless option?  You still need an operator though.

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