Arduino Automated Nursery

Author: Jared Bouck

Project Cost:150.00

Est Construction Time: 1.5 Hr

Required Skill Level: Basic Soldering Skills

Overview:

This project is near and dear to the sprout board crew. Ultimately this concept was the genesis of a flexible platform with many applications. As our designs evolved we realized the tremendous opportunity to create something meaningful with this concept. This focus ultimately guided our decision process create completed projects in place of generic code snippets as a way to encourage the actual use of our projects.

The server room environmental monitoring system is a low cost high performance device with the same onboard features as commercial devices costing hundreds of dollars more. In addition to a low cost platform we will provide low cost sensors for many important devices to insure your equipment stays safe and sound.

For this project we only need a handful things to really make a success. One of the most important is a good shelving unit. Some of the components in this build a little more expensive than our average project, but building something that’s going to last as just as important as learning how to build something cheap. The shelving unit we picked up their home improvement store it’s easy to setup adjustable and very durable all for about $65.00.

For the lighting in this project will use simple inexpensive shop lights available at any home improvement store. If possible it’s always worth looking for a lighting system that utilizes a digital ballast. Digital ballasts are far more energy efficient than the old coil designs.

Another key element that we will need for this project is what refer to as a grow tent. A grow tent is nothing more than a temporary structure designed to for climate control and to ensure optimal use of light.

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