What is the Revolution Deva RLC-1 Controller?
The Revolution DEva RLC-1 grow light controller is a custom-designed controller to take full control of up to 512 grow lights. It can be used to simply turn them on and off at whichever times you set it to, or it can be used for its more complex dimming functions, which is where the fun really starts! It is designed to be able to control two separate rooms independently of each other, with up to 256 lights in each room. These can be run on flip-flop style and still be able to go through the individual sunrise and sunset functions for each room separately. This is just the tip of the iceberg, it really is an incredible piece of kit when you think about it.
How does the Revolution DEva RLC-1 Light controller work then?
Plug and Play:
The Revolution DEva RLC-1 grow light controller couldn’t be easier to use. You use standard RJ45 cabling to connect the DEva lights in series, up to 512 on to one single controller. Once they are all connected to the controller it is simply a case of programming the times for turning on and off. This is all done through a very stylish and intuitive interface, that is quickly set up to have complete control.
Controls banks of lights:
You can programme the unit to have two banks of lights running independently of each other, with 256 lights running on each bank (or zone). This means you can run two rooms in a ‘flip flop’ style, meaning when the lights go off in one room, they turn on in the other. This can be highly advantages in closed loop scenarios, with supplemental Co2: the air from the room that’s dark room helping to cool the room that is lit.
You can dim your lights anywhere from 1150w down to 600w in 1% intervals, this can be controlled manually if you desire, or you can automate it and set the times for sunrise and sunset hours to mimic the natural world. This is particularly useful for steering plant growth during key times in their life cycle – like transitioning to flower, or to help relieve them from excessive transpiration/water loss during particularly hot days.
When you have your DEva lights connected to the RC-1 controller, there is no large inrush, or spike of electricity when they are turned on. The controller keeps them ticking over, essentially on ‘idle’, until it is time to fire them up and then gently introduces a current to each unit to start them nice and softly, for no noticeable impacts on your main power supply.
Controls exterior equipment:
As if controlling just your main grow lights wasn’t enough, the Auxiliary outputs can be used to control a huge range of other grow equipment. For example, once you connect the Maxiswitch relays to the Aux points, you can control (but not dim) an entirely separate bank of lights (e.g CMH daylight supplemental lights)
We all know that unfortunately life never goes 100% smoothly. Things can, and will, go wrong when you least expect it! You needn’t be off your guard with DEva grow lights however, as the RLC-1 controller tracks all sorts of data for you! From lamp hours to brownouts or blackouts times, any issues with power supplied to the lamps is all noted down for you, so you can fix any potential issues before things get too bad!
Overall, the sort of functionality and control that you get from the RLC-1 is truly astounding, allowing you to control not just your lights, but pretty much anything all from one sexy little interface. Check out this video we made where we spoke to Mr Ritchie from Maxigrow about all the ins and outs.
How to use your Revolution DEva RLC-1 Controller
Installing the Deva RLC-1 controller is (thankfully) a pretty straight forward task. You simply use a combination of normal telephone cable and audio cords, to daisy chain all your lights together in a row, and connect them all in series to the controller. All it is then a case of is programming the times and operating parameters using the simple user interface.
As mentioned two banks of lights can be run in series with this controller and be run completely independently. So, for example one bank could just have turned on beginning its sunrise programme, while the second bank has just finished its sunset hour and has turned off. This gives huge potential for operating two separate rooms, allowing for super-efficient ‘flip-flop’ style grow rooms.
The aux outputs on the controller allow you to connect the Maxiswitch controls to then run all sorts of equipment. There are two auxiliary outputs, one controlling equipment when the lights turn on, and the other when the lights are off. So, for example you would control a n extra bank of CDM lights using the ‘on’ port, and heaters and de-humidifiers with the ‘off’ port. Everything is then programmed via the interface on the RLC-1 controller itself.
The interface on the controller has been designed to be as intuitive and as easy to use as possible. With a few buttons you can swiftly navigate through all of the functions and quickly programme a whole host of parameters for your grow room equipment to follow. Play God with your grow room!
What’s in the Box:
The Revolution RLC 1 Digital Lighting Controller Contains: 1x Revolution RLC 1 Digital Lighting Controller, 2x Temperature/humidity probes, 1x 6 Volt power supply plug, 1x Instruction manual, 1x Mounting kit (for wall mounting) Dimensions: Revolution RLC 1 Digital Lighting Controller Dimensions: 16cm x 8cm x 4cm Power cable length: 120cm Telephone cable length: 290cm Probe cable length: 590cm
For product specifications such as dimensions and voltage, please download the brochure-