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    Confused on automation

    Hello - My pool is near complete. It is an in ground pool with Pentair equipment:

    Pentair cartridge filter
    Pentair vs pump
    Pentair Intellichlor 60
    buster pump for legend cleaner
    incandescent light (hope to upgrade to led someday)
    and a waterfall

    What controller do I need, I would like to automate cleaning, pump speeds for circulation, pump speeds for waterfall and lights. I would like to adjust the swg in finer increments that the 20%.

    What will work? suntouch, easy touch I know will work but is more expensive, or intermatic multiwave, something not mentioned?

    Thank you,

    anthony
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    Re: Confused on automation

    SunTouch is an good, economical, choice that will do everything you mentioned, though with little room for expansion beyond that. EasyTouch has all kinds of expansion room beyond that, but it is hard to justify the extra cost unless you are confident you will be adding things on soon. An Intermatic Multiwave is fine for what you listed, but it doesn't save all that much money, and won't control the SWG. You could of course do this with nothing but a timer a few switches, but that would mean manually changing both a valve and the pump speed to turn on or off the waterfall and again not give you the extra control over the SWG.
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    Re: Confused on automation

    Pentair Easytouch is a good system.

    Have installed several of them and allows you to automate just about anything you want.

    Also you can get wireless controllers and or Iphone access.

    There is a 4 circuit and 8 circuit system. The 8 just has more options for expansion

    Also will control your IC60 and pump speed if you have a Pentair or StaRite Variable Speed Pump.

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    Re: Confused on automation

    Go with an Easytouch from Pentair.

    Out of curiosity, how come this wasn't quoted in with the build?
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    Re: Confused on automation

    thank you for the information, it was an option with the build, i did not think I would wnat or need with no spa or heater and now i am second guessing that plan.
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    Re: Confused on automation

    Quote Originally Posted by aiannar974
    thank you for the information, it was an option with the build, i did not think I would wnat or need with no spa or heater and now i am second guessing that plan.
    Normally with just a pool you wouldn't need automation. However, once you start adding things like multi speed pumps, lighting and other features, you might want automation. Like JasonLion said, Suntouch would be a great inexpensive system but leaves little room for any expansion, not sure what else you could add. Easytouch is the next level up.
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    Re: Confused on automation

    It sounds like the suntouch has some issues around working valves and pumps speeds independent and together. But, would have enough horsepower for what i am thinkinking right now. your right, what else could i add, maybe some outdoor lighting but i could use other options for this. I have to say, pentair's website leaves a lot to be desired. Really not geared at the consumer.

    Anthony
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