I’m looking to go full Velbus both for lighting and heating control in an upcoming renovation.
We will be installing underfloor heating and instead of also using the air temp sensor/thermostat in the glass panels, many underfloor heating system measure the slab temperature via a 10k ohm floor probe, which I would like to do to get better efficiency by having more control over the system - knowing both air temp and floor temp.
What is the best way to integrate such a temperature probe into the Velbus system? For example Is this directly supported by the VMB7IN input module?
If you just want to set a threshold and never need to adjust it (remotely) you can put a simple digital thermostat in the slab, with a 10K sensor, that can either break the supply to the valve until the slab cools or signal an input of a VMB7IN, which would in turn force the zone thermostat into safe mode, until the slab cools.
(This way, you’ll see a padlock symbol for that thermostat)
For example -
There are hundreds of options
You can fit 2k sensors and connect them directly to an input of a VMB4AN, where you can do all kinds of things with the state / data, like set a threshold that forces the zone thermostat into safe mode.
(You can also log the temperature in platforms like openHAB)
I’m happy to supply some basic wiring plans outlining these suggestions.
Thanks a lot for getting back and likewise for providing some options avaliable to me. I prefer the second option of fitting a 2k floor probe as I will also be running OpenHAB and will not only want to pull the data but of course use it to do other logic, I assume something along the lines of this product will be suitable… Cable probe NTC 2kOhm, floors probe
If you could please provide some basic wiring diagrams it will be of huge help planning out my system.
Thanks a lot for all the info shared, this has confirmed a lot of things for me. Since the house will be completly gutted, although the more complex option 2, its by far the most flexible for what I’m looking to achieve (full Velbus lighting and heating control).
I’ve put a spreadsheet together of all the various Velbus components I require for what I’m trying to achieve, so over the coming couple of weeks as I finalise the requirements I will happily share this with you, 1, to confirm all is correct and 2, any more efficinet way to implement.
Once we have spoken though it would be great to meet and run though the solution and more complex use cases before purchasing as config of the system will be handled by myself when being commisioned. For config simply looking to implement Velserv as the TCP/IP interface and hook into OpenHAB, etc…
I am going to assume you have previous experience with other technologies, so would encourage you to take some training, as there are tricks with Velbus that make it a much faster system to deploy.
You are welcome to remotely connect to a demo unit and have a ZOOM session with me, to ensure you have all the skills you need to get started.
You may be interested to know that anyone attending in-person training qualifies for an enhanced discount rate.
Do you have a donor computer in mind?
We supply pre-configured Odroid C4 machines to ALL UK customers as part of a base system.
(unless they have more powerful machines lined up to do the job, for example some larger customers prefer to use a full server, especially if they run systems like openRemote.io
This is actually exactly what I was after, an all-in-one solution along with the Future Automation cabinet that can be pre-configured off-site and hung up on the wall and all the lighting/heating circuits wired in.
I’ve read through all of the Velbus hardware and software setup guides, and pretty much all of the YouTube videos. I know which lighting and heating circuits I need to control, and have a fairly good understanding of all the various components and how they fit together. (just need some validation and cross-checking from the experts!)
I’m actually glad to see such a setup offered by Superklick where it provides a microcontroller and associated software to integrate with OpenHAB, etc, as I was simply going to use a Pi to host OpenHAB and VelServ. Bottom line I want it set up so that if the Pi goes down the only functionality I lose is convenience and I can still control the entire setup through any one of the Edge Lit panels, which from my understanding is pretty much the default.
I have created a Superklick project and filled in for all rooms inc lighting and heating circuits. Do you have an email address where I can share the quote directly with you as the PDF has PII data on it.
I have a question about the quoting tool as I would like to use the setup for controlling all of my 240v LED dimmable lighting circuits through a VMB4DC → 188.8.131.52.0400 FINDER SLAVE DIMMER 0-10V 230V 400 → 240v lighting circuit, as I understand this is the recommended Velbus config for this setup. Not sure if the Superklick quoting tool does not go into this detail for quoting/needs updating or if my misunderstanding, as it quoted me the VMBDMI-R for the 240v LED dimmable circuits.
Since controlling mains dimmable LED lights I want to use a compatible trailing edge dimmer and not leading (VMBDMI-R), hence wanting to use the VMB4DC → 184.108.40.206.0400 FINDER setup for maximum lighting compatibility.
Happy to discuss more over a call/email until we get to a final solution.
That’s what we have been planning for a while.
What you are working with is Version 2
Version 3 will have a nice twist to it.
My only advice at this stage would be to suggest that you look at having your heating / cooling controls in a different cabinet, so that they can be mounted next to the heating manifolds etc AND be totally isolated from the mains when the heat source supply is switched off.
Meaning that a heating engineer can be confident that when they flip the breaker, EVERYTHING that they are likely to touch will be OFF.
Heating is easy enough, just as the SuperKlick tool creates.
One relay contact for every heating zone
and a spare for the Heat call
Lighting should be fairly straightforward too.
Happy to confirm / validate your choices
Exactly, that’s there to make it easy for everyone.
Some installer prefer to do their own thing, which is perfectly okay.
But most want a “catch all” solution.
Yes, that’s exactly how Velbus is designed to work.
That tool is designed as a “quick tool” for anyone to access and get a fairly accurate cost, with the view to then engaging in a conversation to go further.
So far, it has cut down on the “how much is it, oh, I can’t afford that” or the “I don’t know what I want” conversations.
What they (Superklick) have found is that the quantity of enquires has done down, BUT the quality has gone UP.
We / they are in the process of adding the Finder Slave dimmer option along with things like MODE lighting and ANYTRONICS dimmers.
For now, we review each project and evaluate if VMBDMI-R are the best option or “something else”
Over 3 dimmers and the Finder is the best option.
Over 12 dimmers and suddenly a MODE lighting multi channel dimmer pack becomes an option.
Cost per channel, it works out pretty much the same.
(That is, until March 2023, when ALL the prices from everywhere will be changing)
Indeed, the Finder Slave dimmers are the best option for flexibility, as they can be set on a per channel / circuit basis.
MODE lighting dimmer packs have to be purchased as an option per pack.
ALL Leading edge or ALL trailing edge etc
Mains replacement LEDs are the bane of everyone’s life.
If you have the option to install LED strip or PURE ELV LED light sources, I would strongly advise it.
Apologies for the slow reply, it’s been quite busy on my end!
This is something I was thinking of too and locating another cabinet in the utility/plant room. I am putting an overlay drawing on top of my floor plans which I will share with you which shows the lighting circuits, glass panel, and cabinet placement.
Sound great, I have quite busy days, but I am soon to be done with the diagram to help visually and I will the SuperKlick PDF over too.
This is interesting as I will be having more than 12 dimming circuits, I didn’t know the MODE multi-channel dimmer packs were compatible with the Velbus system, but we can discuss this in more detail.