So, I’ve been looking to make my main aquarium lighting smart. I’ve been thinking about doing this for awhile now, but couldn’t find the right smart light strip to make it perfect. Now I have. I used this video as my inspiration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EYC3obFY4w
A little background first though. I have a 60 gallon African Chiclid (Malawi) aquarium. So, my lighting requirements are actually pretty basic. I want to simulate a morning/day/evening/night lighting similar to what they experience in the actual lake. There, lighting conditions aren’t bright, but they do get some light. So, with that said, I decided to go with the Sylvania Lightify (or Smart+ or whatever they are calling them now) outdoor light strip. It is water proof and completely sealed. Perfect for an aquarium!
In total, it cost me about $95 to make a fully ST controllable smart lighting system for my aquarium. I figured I saved about $25 (or more) for something comparable (without ST integration). This is what I was originally going to buy and hook up to my Harmony hub (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00U0HMX1C/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_6?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER). But, who really wants JUST an IR based controlled aquarium light with a simple timer?
I’ll be using webCoRE to get all the timers in place along with creating various effects based upon the weather (getting darker when we have thunderstorms, etc) and also based upon who’s home. As an example, my wife likes watching the fish in the evening, so if she’s home, I’ll make the lights a bit brighter for her.
The last added bonus to all this is being able to control them with Alexa.
Anyhow, here’s some pics of the project.