The Autopilot PX1 Digital Lighting Controller from Hydrofarm provides centralized, dual-zone digital control of your DE lighting, allowing you to switch, dim and boost multiple USB-compatible Hydrofarm ballasts at once—up to 256 in each of two independent zones for a total capacity of 512 ballasts. The trunk-line cable connections ensure perfect communication between the controller and all ballasts in the chain.
The PX1 has two dedicated temperature sensors—one for each zone—that provide real-time data for automated temperature-based dimming, as well as a high temperature shutdown feature that protects your garden while you’re away. The PX1 replaces traditional analog lighting relays, and eliminates inrush current. Each of its dual zones provides precise and independent:
- Photoperiod timing to control light and dark cycles
- Wattage output control, which allows users to control the intensity of the light being emitted from fixtures
- Auto-dimming when temperature exceeds set points
- Emergency auto-shutdown of lights upon user-defined over-temperature events
- Configurable restrike delay times, which eliminates lamp-damaging hot starts
- Sunrise/sunset simulation settings, which provide a gradual ramp-up and down at both ends of your photoperiod
- Features a built-in battery backup
- Voltage: 120-240V Amps: 0.3A
- Includes 2 – 19.5′ temperature probes
- Includes 8′ 100V/240V, 50/60 Hz power adapter
The PX1 Digital Lighting Controller is easy to set up, and is compact and lightweight. It is a true digital ballast interface that makes multiple-ballast control easy and affordable to achieve. It is simply more powerful, more reliable, and more capable than competing controllers. The PX1 is designed to work with any Phantom or Hydrofarm ballasts with USB connectivity, and are ideally paired with PARsource DE reflectors and Agrosun DE HPS lamps. Xtrasun ballasts are not compatible with PX1.
RJ12/USB connection cables and splitter are included in the ballast box.
- To extend the temperature probe use a 3.5mm Male to Female audio cable, 50’ max extension cable length.
- Only use authorized RJ12 6 Conductor Telephone Cables when running your connections between ballasts and the PX1. Non-approved cables could cause errors and disrupt the signals to your lights.
IMPORTANT: The PX1 MUST be set to the Status Display Page (Run Mode) to perform programmed operations. Once any settings you create have been saved, you must return the PX1 to the Status Page (Run Mode) to resume programmed operation. If the display is left on any page other than the Status Display Page, the PX1 will be in an idle mode and will not be able to follow user-programmed settings.
PX1 is not compatible with Xtrasun ballasts