I wanted to build a high-tech terrarium, so I opted to do most of the technical system myself with a lot of help from my brother, an electrician. Together we designed an industrial style electrical/computer setup that can run the terrarium in two different modes, either controlled by a Raspberry PI, or by a set of timers. Each device can individually switch mode.
A benefit of this setup is that it’s very clean and compact. If I need to do any work on the Raspberry PI, I can easily switch everything to the timers and things will just continue running. The software I use to run the system and drive the tablet interface is Node-Red.
The terrarium has 4 T5 bulbs, 2 Solar Raptor HID lamps, a moon light led strip, 5 mist heads, several fans, an aquarium heater, a small aquarium pump for a little water stream, and an automated led strip inside the cabinet. All of these can be controlled using a tablet.
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