How can we help?


Possibility to exclude zones from calculation to used/saved water

Comments

3 comments

  • Avatar
    Ajedgar

    I have a similar issue. I use one of my zones to run garden lights in the evening, but this zone gets included in the total water used each day. This totally distorts the metrics because my irrigation  only runs for 30 ~ 60 minutes, while my lights run for 2 or 3 hours! It would be great to be able to exclude them

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • Avatar
    David LaComb

    I'm curious - how does one run landscape lighting with a rainmachine device?

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • Avatar
    Ajedgar

    there's a support page that mentions this: https://support.rainmachine.com/hc/en-us/articles/231328227-Control-garden-lights 

    I'm no expert, I just fumbled through this last weekend. You need a high power relay, which seems to be basically a power strip with the on/off switch controlled by a pair of 24v inputs, in the same way that the rain machine controls irrigation valves, and then you set it up like a zone.

    I'm sure there are smarter ways of setting up landscaping lights, but this uses equipment I already own, and can be programmed with quite sophisticated schedules, like 'half an hour before sunset on Mon-Fri only'. I had a bunch of unused zones on my rainmachine and it was fun working out how to do this (paying someone to come and install proper landscape lighting would be nice, but is a long way down my list of priorities). The only downside is that the rain machine thinks I'm using hundreds of gallons of water more than I am. 

    0
    Comment actions Permalink

Please sign in to leave a comment.