FARM AUTOMATION WITH LOXONE



Automatic a smart garden watering system

In our example, the garden is watered using water stored in a rainwater tank. The tank is equipped with an Ultrasonic Sensor that checks the water level. If the water level is too low, the garden is watered with normal water. The water level can also be checked at any time from the Loxone App.

Automatic watering can be activated in several ways. Either by using the weather forecast via the Weather Station or the Weather Service or by using moisture sensors in the garden. Two hours before sunrise watering will take place under the following conditions:

If there is enough water in the tank (as measured by the Ultrasonic Sensor)

If it is not currently raining (as determined by the Weather Station / Weather Service)

If the soil is not moist enough (as measured by the soil moisture sensor)

If a pre-defined amount of rain is not expected within the next 4 hours

If the temperature is not expected to fall below 4°C – to prevent frost

If these conditions are all met, then water will take place and automatically stop at sunrise. The smart garden watering system can also be manually activated via the Loxone App.

All four valves are connected to a Radio Button Function Block. The four valves water the garden in 60-second intervals.

Additionally, if there’s a risk of frost, the water in the pipes is blown out with air for 5 minutes to prevent them from freezing.



Weather Station Air

To be able to protect your home or business from the elements, it is crucial to have access to information about the weather right outside your doorstep. The Weather Station records wind, rain, brightness and temperature at your exact location. Installation in coastal areas is not advised.

Weather Service Included

When you purchase a Weather Station a 10-year Weather Service Subscription is in included. This enables weather forecast information – such as humidity, air pressure, wind direction and more – to be displayed up to 66 hours in advance.

  • Humidity

  • Solar Irradiation

  • Precipitation, Rain, Snow

  • Air Pressure

  • Temperature & Perceived Temperature

  • Dew Point

  • Wind Direction

  • Wind Speed

Position of the Weather Station

The Weather Station collects various weather data. To determine the best place for installation, first consider which measured values are most important on a case-by-case basis.

Storms often cause significant damage to awnings or exterior blinds. For this reason, the Weather Station should be able to detect the wind in its most pure form – without it being slowed down by trees, walls, etc.

To accurately detect brightness, the Weather Station needs to be placed in direct sunlight. However, this may skew any temperature readings – in this scenario, we’d recommend using the Weather Service for temperature monitoring.

Frost and moisture have the potential to cause significant damage. In order to reliable protect the building, the Weather Station needs to be able to detect any precipitation unhindered.



Fully automated tasks based on localised weather conditions and forecast data

Automatic Shading

With the help of the Weather Station’s Temperature Sensor, you’ll be protected from overheating as the blinds can be automatically lowered. This can help protect furniture and prevent the temperature from increasing drastically.

Awning & shading protection

The precise, local wind measurements recorded by the Weather Station allow any awnings or exterior shades to be retracted into a safe position – should there be any high-speed winds.

Irrigation

Customize your garden watering schedule based on a specific weather forecast – ensuring that grass (or other plants) are never under or overwatered. Find out more about smart garden watering

Rain warning

Thanks to the Weather Station’s built-in rain sensor, you’ll be reminded to close any open windows as soon as any rain is detected. Perfect for when there’s a spontaneous shower. You can find out more about this specific feature

Temperature Control

Thanks to the exact forecast of the outside temperature, your heating system can precisely determine the flow temperature required and transfer it to your heating system. This is a great way of ensuring your ideal temperature is realised in each room as part of your zoned heating.

Individual functions

Take it a step further with this powerful weather hack… How about having the colour lighting in the hallway turn to blue in the morning if rain is forecast. That way you’ll know to bring in the washing from the line before you head off to work, take your raincoat or close that window.



AGRICULTURAL LIGHTING

FOR livestock FARMING light fixtures that boast ammonia resistance

Resistance against ammonia in the air is among the essential attributes of light fixtures designated for farms where live animals are grown (e.g. cow barns, pig and poultry farms). Our INNOVA ABS, FUTURA ABS and Prima LED ABS -range fixtures boast exceptional resistance to chemical compounds used for cleaning and as disinfectants as well as to mechanical damage and high temperatures. The excellent chemical resistance of our INNOVA-range luminaires has recently been recognized by DLG, a leading independent European testing facility. The DLG certificate states neither regular exposure to ammonia in the air nor cleaning the fixtures using a high-pressure machine and hot/ cold water result in product deterioration.


Chemical resistance exceptional chemical resistance of the materials used to chemicals such as ammonia, lye, and alkali compounds.


Mechanical resistance excellent impact resistance and resistance against mechanical damage based on the materials used.


Thermal resistance exceptional thermal resistance to ambient temperatures ranging from -25 °C to +50 °C.



Controlled plant growth

Plants respond to energy ratios in various portions of the colour spectrum. As a result, plant shape, its nutritional value, and taste can be controlled. It also allows growers to stimulate proper growth as well as speed up the flowering process. Appropriate ambient temperature, air humidity, irrigation, and air-carbon dioxide ratio are additional significant factors affecting growth. Moreover, lighting controls various growth phases. The amount of light and the portion of the light spectrum that plants are exposed to affect growth intensity as well as flowering and fruit formation/ripening. Light quality influences plant morphology (plant shape) while various light-air ratios combined with appropriate portions of the light spectrum significantly affect their growing season and production of crops.



Light fixtures for cow barns to ensure efficient production