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You could go even simpler by plugging your fish tank pump into a programmable electric timer like this one (Amazon, $13). You won't have the ability to water remotely, but how often do you need to water your trees outside of a regular watering schedule?
If it is one way or the other, ABSOLUTELY leave it off otherwise you are going to come back to a tank full of algae and a stressed out fish.
The best option would be to get a timer for the light. (This one is my favorite On Amazon)
I use this one.
I had two different mechanical ones fail on me, I'm done with them.
7 day timer, memory is battery backup, two outlets.
Ya, it's a nice setup.
I'd recommend buying this timer. The one I got with the kit pretty much failed right out of the box.
Honestly, you may wanna look at a smaller setup for two plants. Smaller areas are often easier/cheaper to maintain the climate.
I've screwed around with the "pin" timers, and also the "circle of switches" timers. For $13, you can never worry about it again: It has an internal battery, so even if your power goes out, it will stay on schedule when the power is back on. Programming it is a little weird, but it's a one-and-done thing.
Those green and red "pin" timers are the worst. I didn't know those were even still sold. They'll just randomly skip a pin for no reason!
I can't recommend any of those super cheap Amazon lights, they are crap. You'd be better off buying a lamp and a bulb from the hardware store.
Mars hydro, spider farmer, viparspectra, bloom plus are all good choices that are reputable.
Veg and bloom footprint for these are for growing dense fruits/vegetables, so if it says 2x2 bloom area, it'll still support a 4x4 area of houseplants, with the light hung high and turned all the way up.
Might wanna get a timer as well. I use these
You can also set a second set of lights on below the seedlings on the second rack to have a second growing row. Just make sure your trays are water proof. A timer is also really helpful. This ones great.
Just plug your grind (on) into this, set for one minute of power up per day.
I have used several of these on fish tank lighting and pepper/tomato starting, they work great.
BN-LINK 7 Day Heavy Duty Digital Programmable Timer, FD60 U6, 115V, 60Hz, Dual Outlet, Indoor, Packaging May Vary for Lamp Light Fan Security UL Listed [link]
Try this. I have 3 and I love them!
Not currently but you can easily plug the pump into a timer like the one linked below and have it automated even further.
I will probably do it if I ever need to leave for an extended period of time.
From a local or even regional grid perspective there's no actual cost associated with delivering more KWh without increasing the peak KW consumption and even a modicum of schedule control could ensure you don't surpass the peak for your household grid. Something akin to this. It's also worth considering that while EVs may require more power LEDs and more efficient screens will be reducing the peak power you should expect in a house.
Where it does start to cost is the capital costs involved in producing more power, site C leaves BC well positioned to absorb some of that, Ontario might have some wiggle room with their nuclear refurbs but ultimately we're going to have to build more overall.
You really want to dose ca and alk. Watch the BRS videos.
digital timers on amazon for about we$. Make sure you can program in 1 minute intervals. Before getting my controller I used them for a few years.
Yeah, so most cannabis plants , except for autoflowers, are what’s called “photo-period” where their growth is determined by the light schedule, so we basically have to recreate natural patterns of sunlight.
During the first stage , Vegetative stage, you want to run your lights on 18 hours, off 6. During this phase, you train your plant to grow the way you want it to. See: Low-Stress Training, Supercropping, Mainlining, etc. the plant does not create flowers during this stage. I always flip my plants into flower mode whenever my plants are a little under half the size I want them to grow to, as they can double in size or more during flower.
To put your plants into flower mode, you just switch the light schedule to 12 hours on, 12 hours off. Flowering times vary based on strain, but average is about 8-9 weeks of flower before harvest.
You can get a digital timer for your lights on amazon for cheap. This is what I use in all of my tents.
Does it need to be smart? Can you not just use one of those cheap light timers? Something like this has minute resolution so you could turn whatever off then 1 minute later turn it back on: [link]
Low cost solution: matress pad warmer and an outlet timer.
This is the timer you would want: [link]
Weekly schedules and up to 8 individual on off times.
Whatever matress pad you get make sure it's as dumb as possible, you want to be able to set it to a specific heat and have it start heating to that level as soon as it turns on.
Pros: Cheap, customizable
Cons: limited functionality, can't respond to current temp
Matress pad with water tubes that actively heat or cool. The big claim here is that they system trying to maintain one temp all night or moves in desired schedule (ooler only). I am currently testing out one with limited success, however many other factors are at play that I'm trying to work out.
Pros: Heat or cool, schedule, targeted temp.
Cons: Quite expensive, requires some maintenance
Like katakura suggested, bed jet blows air underneath your sheets through a special double layer sheet to disperse the air. I dislike air moving over me while I sleep so I never considered this option.
Pros: more airflow and sweat removal, generates less ambient heat (I imagine) than ooler
Cons: Pretty expensive for a fan, no active cooling
Take away: If cold is your only problem I would say definitely go with the matress pad. If you wear a sleep monitor that does temperature you might even be able to rig something up with a smart outlet and ifttt or tasker. Otherwise I'd say go for the ooler/chilipad.
They are called digital outlet timers. If you want to go crazy you can go all /r/homeautomation and get a home assistant hub and some z wave switches going to have your lights turn on and off as you please
I came to say the exact same thing. I'll add a few things:
Its not fancy and probably not great for NVR's, but I've used cheap power point timers (both analog and digital models) for automatic reboots of AP's at a previous workplace. They arent "smart" but might be ok.
The digital models let you set a day of the week and time to shut the power off then turn it back on ~1 minute later like this one (example only, I havent used this particular model) - [link]
You need to put a timer on the power point (like this). That way you can minimise the number of times you get up, and still arise each morning to some delicious gifts from the pig.
I use these and really like them. You would only need 1 for two tanks since there are two outlets per timer!
If it is one way or the other you definitely want it off.
As far as timers go, they are an integral part to a healthy tank. The fish appreciate consistency and it helps inhibit algae growth. If you can, go grab a light timer before you leave and it get it setup. If you can't do that, be sure to get one as soon as you get home.
This is the one I use: [link]
Hopefully it works, but if you have this [link] hack it and get a cheap-o timer locally for your lights. Good luck, homie!
This was recommended on a different sub, and it works great so far. It has a battery backup so if your power goes out it still keeps the schedule.
Why not just plug it into a separate timer or smart outlet ?
I have these. The mechanical ones always failed me.
Plug this inline.
BN-LINK 7 Day Heavy Duty Digital... [link]
this is the timer I use with both of my tents. It is backed up by battery and sometimes when I'm not using it, I have noticed that it stays on for days when unplugged
Just put it on a wall timer that will turn off then back on once a week something such as this for $12 https://www.amazon.com/Century-Digital-Programmable-Packaging-Security/dp/B00MVF16JG/ref=sr_1_38?crid=1I6VWC15ZR4WB&dchild=1&keywords=wall+timer&qid=1630209572&sprefix=wall+timer%2Caps%2C324&sr=8-38
These are great.
This is all you need
The best growing conditions are consistent ones.
It's not necessary to have the products list below but if you're able to purchase a cheap timer for your lights and a thermostat for the heat mat, you will increase both the rate and chances of germination success as well as grow stronger transplants.
As someone else mentioned, overwatering the the most common mistake people make when starting seed and caring for plants. I can't see your soil here nor do you go over your watering routines but that's something you may consider too. Good luck to you.
Probably not the cheapest way you could pull it off. But with this set-up you could easily set up 2 lights to go off a programmable time every day of the week in your room, pointed in whatever direction you want. And the plus side is that if you like gardening it would be great for indoor houseplants for your room.
Figured I would post this in case anyone in the subreddit was actually looking for a somewhat affordable option. I know op is just being silly but I figured it doesn't hurt to show options anyway.
Since no one else has asked: What kind of light timer were you using, and how did it fail?
Years ago I used one of those "pin" light timers, and it was a horrible piece of crap. It would just skip over a "pin" and leave the light on for 36 hours, instead of 12/12/12. Ditched that for the switch type, much better.
But now you can buy digital timers with battery backup for $13 and never worry again. And I'm sure there are even better options.
Look into BN-LINK for all your automation needs. They have timers, thermostats, hygrostats, they have the entire market on those sorts of things with the best price and consistent quality. For a heater and light, I use their independently programmable dual socket timer (you may want to get a tiny extension cord like 8" since the timer can block outlets on strips and wall sockets, make sure any cord you buy is ~13-15A 120V rated). Set one of the outlets for the light, into the other timer connect a thermostat (again I recommend BN-LINK). Connect the thermostat to the heater, place the temp probe into the tank, and you're done.
Fully automated, never have to worry about it getting to hot/cold (when the thermostat is on) or forgetting to turn the lights on/off. Pretty much all of BN-LINK's controllers are ~$10-20 which is a small price to pay for convenience. Make sure you pay attention to wattage ratings though, most of their stuff is good 1725W rated but some things are lower ~1000W. Recommended to keep the rating of your system 10-20% higher than the max wattage of your system.
For the cost of your lights and all that, I run several hundred watts of LEDs for 16 hours a day, it adds less than $10 a month to my electricity bill. I don't use a TV or air conditioner though, so my electric bill is really low either way.
Replace your timer. This one gets my lights completely off.
Pick any cheap pump from here with an air hose valve on the tubing, plus any to-the-minute plug timers, like this one. Set it to turn on and turn off 1 minute later and use the valve to adjust for desired flow. For extra tubing or accessories, amazon has many diameters to fit any pumps or adapt to standard air hose fittings
buy a programmable timer plug that could handle at least 1500 Watts.
I've been using this one for at least 5 years, with different programs for weekends and weekdays:
the smart (i.e wi-fi connected) ones could also work, and accommodate better for last minute changes of schedule, but I've found myself having to devote too much time to keep smart bulbs connected and programmed, so i'm not that sure 'smart' devices are actually convenient.
Not who you replied to, but this one has a good reputation:
The "do everything the night before" helps, but it won't help at all if Mom is the one turning the alarms off.
Micah, I am going to reiterate what so many other people are saying about GTFO, call the cops, and call CPS back. Can you go back to your grandmother's? I know you love your brother, but he is not your child. There is only so much that you can help him, and right now you help him the most int he long term by walking away. Your parents will be forced to do something. Or, CPS will.
I am severely hearing impaired, so sleeping through the alarm is something I deal with - a lot. It may help to have an alarm that cannot be tampered with.
Right now, I use an apple watch, a plain old lamp on a plain old timer, and a travel alarm for when I need to get up at a weird time. Before the apple watch, I had a Fitbit.
I set the watches to vibrate and set an alarm. If I had to protect against malicious alarm games, I would control the apple watch from my desktop and not install the app on my phone at all. Make sure your apple ID is safe. For a Fitbit, you can control the Fitbit from a desktop computer and simply hide the USB dongle once you update the watch.
The timer thing is just a lamp plugged into the timer. The timer is set to go on for, say an hour when you need to get up. I think in your case, I would set it to go on at just before 6 and off just before you would have left the house. Plug it in in the outlet behind a heavy piece of furniture so she doesn't see the timer straight out.
There is a loop on the travel alarm I linked to so that you can attach it to a pillow. What I do is stick my hand through the loop and hold the clock in my hand while I sleep. I can sleep that way just fine, and I wake up when my hand starts to shake.
Do you have one of those cell phone sleeves that people wear when running? Can you set a vibrating alarm on your phone, tuck it in the sleeve and wear the sleeve to sleep? Honestly, I have had better luck tucking the phone into my bra when I need to do this rather than the exercise sleeve, but, I don't think you wear one or a binder to sleep. In the bra means that the vibrations are closer to a bone than on your arm.
I use these timers on both of my tents. They have a battery so if your power goes out, the schedule of the timer will resume uninterrupted once power is restored.
I second the life size skeleton mentioned by the other commenter. Also, I love these neon lights from Target:
I set them up on a timer like this so they turn on and off automatically each day.
I am a heavy sleeper. I have a programable timer running a spot light directed at my face. I have alarms on my phones, but none of the nice pleasing melodies I got the most annoying alarms I could cut out of youtube videos. I also have a radio clock set almost to NPR, almost, you can hear it, it's off a little so annoying random signal noise cuts in too. Also another clock radio, but just set to buzz in a different location.
You can look into a smart switch or even a simple one like this [link]
outlet timer wake up once.
BRS dosers on timed outlets.
Century 7 Day Heavy Duty Digital Programmable Timer - Dual Outlet (Single Control) [link]
Here's a good one.
You could just plug it into a simple timed outlet:
Century 7 Day Heavy Duty Digital Programmable Timer - Dual Outlet (Both Control) [link]
Technically, any plant will be fine any high light, but it's always a good idea to try to pair the plants with the light that you have, or vice versa. With even just a Stingray, you'll probably be hitting 45-50 PAR on a 20 long, since the distance from the light to the substrate will be absurdly short. The best way to alleviate this is to raise the light somehow, either with some sort of pipe contraption like I built, or mounting it to the ceiling or wall.
For that high of light, I would definitely recommend a timer that allows multiple on-off periods and have the light on for 3-4 hours, then have a 3-4 hour siesta, then on for another 3-4 hours. This way, the plants have time to use up all of that high light they've gotten from the first burst and they'll be ready for the next. It won't overwhelm them and it should keep algae in check to a degree. If this is a new tank, prepare for diatoms... delicious, disgusting, aggravating diatoms.
Edit: Here is a great article about lighting and PAR
Here's the amazon timer:[link]
I just cycle small periods of time like 30 minutes. I use every time slot possible and just let it cycle throughout the day.