Check out this guys setup. He might have some good ideas for you.
From: J. H. <phnx.misterhouse@...>
To: Misterhouse Users <misterhouse-users@...>
Sent: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 6:07:39 PM
Subject: [mh] Advice for Misterhouse reptile habitat.
I have a Ball Python and an fascination with home automation. I have
been planning an 'Uber-Cage' for him for the last couple of years and at
some point realized that if I went ahead and automated a few aspects
that, well- points for General Awesomeness and Learning Experience
points to boot.
Here is what I'm thinking.... this is what I need to control- Day Lamp,
Night Lamp, Basking Lamp, Infrared Heat Bulb, Water Pump, Aquarium air
pump, Ultrasonic Fogger, Temperature, Humidity, Intake Fan and Exhaust Fan.
10 control systems +/- 2 or 3 by the end of the build. Day, Night and
basking lamps would all be time controlled (Bask and Infrared may be one
by end of build), Infrared (Bask?) would be temperature controlled, Pump
is of the garden pond variety- Run 24/7 for the most part, could be
manually switched for maintenance, would be nice to have a water level
sensor of some type in the reservoir. Aquarium pump- mostly to keep the
water moving and freshly aerated- again, 24/7 for the most part. Fogger
would run for a short time to boost humidity, could be time controlled
(5 minute run every 2 hours or something). Ideally controlled by
humidity sensor readings.Temp and Humidity- Didn't I see a
Temp/Hum.combo iButton? I'd like to take readings in at least 2 places,
possibly 4 (at the end I expect this to be on a scale of ~/+ 500 gallons
(US/Dry)). Temp and Humidity readings are vital, I'm not going to let a
computer cook/freeze my snake `cause I'm a lazy techno geek...
Intake/Exhaust- I was thinking use an old PC power supply and 12 volt PC
case fans, Could also provide power for LEDs for low intensity night
I was also toying with the idea of pulling natural habitat weather data
and using that as a baseline to regulate the cage to.
This way I get to practice with home automation on a small scale 'test
environment' without having to hack into walls that I am currently just
renting. I was thinking Insteon as the base control protocol with the
iButton protocol for temp/hum., and x10 just for flexibility. Wondering
if anyone has suggestions for other directions I should consider, hacks
to share (water reservoir level, pulling weather data from the `net).
Y'all got the experience so I figured you were the people to ask.
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