We’re often asked why the Satellite LED+ is not compatible with our Dual Ramp Timer or Ramp Timer Pro and what limitations are there with the Single Ramp Timer. Here’s a brief explanation and some recommendations:
The Satellite LED Plus is already features an integrated RGBW (4-channel) LED controller with remote control, providing intensity and color control, as well as dynamic lighting effects. Almost every control and dynamic aspect featured in the Satellite Plus is achieved by changing the intensity of different LED chips at different intervals. In addition, these control and dynamic aspects are communicated to the LED fixture using infrared (IR) signals from the included remote control.
Our Single Ramp Timer, Dual Ramp Timer and Ramp Timer Pro are LED controllers designed for LED lights that do not feature or include any type of integrated LED controller. They work great with single LED strip lights like our TrueLumen Pro LED strips, TrueLumen LED strips or other manufacturer lights like Stunner LED strips, Panorama Pro Modules and Panorama Marine/Actinic Blue lights from Ecoxotic. They operate on the same principle as the integrated LED controller in the Satellite LED Plus – by changing the intensity of the LED over different time periods and intervals. Our Dual Ramp Timer and Ramp Timer Pro also use the same type of signal, IR infrared, to communicate to the Ramp Timers.
So why are the Ramp Timers not compatible with the Satellite LED Plus? The issue is simple – the Satellite Plus already features an integrated 4-channel controller – which was not designed to be controlled by an additional controller (such as a Ramp Timer.) Controlling a 4-channel controller with an additional 1 or 2 channel controller (like our Ramp Timers) can often cause conflicts (which can be frustrating!)
I really want my Satellite LED+ on a 24 hour timed schedule with a timer, how can I do it? Here are a few recommendations:
Single Ramp Timer – the Single Ramp Timer features two modes, one with a 15-minute ramp up/dim down, the other is simply on/off. The Satellite LED Plus works great in the on/off mode, simply program your on and off times and your done! If you want a 15-minute ramp up and dim down, we highly suggest keeping the light in any of the Pre-set colors located at the top of the remote at full power. Attempting to keep the light in a dimmed mode/color or dynamic mode doesn’t work too well as it causes a conflict – the Single Ramp Timer is trying to ramp/dim another controller in a dimmed mode.
Will it cause damage if I try? No – but you may sometimes experience or see some brief flashing or intermittent blinking of the lights due to the conflicting signals the light is receiving.
Dual Ramp Timer – the Dual Ramp Timer is often the best choice for simple ramp/dim/moon light on a 24-hour schedule.
How do I connect and program the Dual Ramp Timer to the Satellite LED Plus? Please follow the instructions on our website here. Note: it is important to follow the last step of programming the minimum intensity at 7% or higher. This ensures a smooth ramp/dim.
Can I have the Satellite LED Plus automatically go into a blue moonlight using the Dual Ramp Timer? No – the Dual Ramp Timer will simply dim the light color you have chosen down to the minimum intensity of 7% or higher and run all night, simulating a low moon light.
Can I plug a separate light into the other channel of the Dual Ramp Timer and use it as moonlight? Absolutely – our TrueLumen Lunar Lights would work well or any 12VDC strip light can be plugged into it. Just ensure your transformer is powerful enough to run both LED lights.
External Wall Timer – the Satellite LED Plus is compatible with any type of wall plug-in timer and features an internal memory, so it will store your light settings every day.
Why not the Ramp Timer Pro? We strongly suggest not using the Ramp Timer Pro with the Satellite LED Plus for multiple reasons, including:
- Dynamic lighting effects – both remotes feature dynamic lighting effects such as cloud cover and lightning storms. However these dynamic effects are achieved differently (the fixture using 4 channels of light, the Ramp Timer Pro using two channels). The signals conflict and simply will not appear correctly.
- IR Infrared Conflicts – the two remotes can often send conflicting signals to both the light and the Ramp Timer Pro. (i.e. Activating the cloud cover mode using the Satellite Plus LED remote can send a signal to the Ramp Timer Pro telling it to change the on time.)