PySense: absurd values from light and temperature sensors

  • Hi!

    I have a PySense connected to a LoPy and am using the example libraries.

    In my room with daylight I get the values 13 and 23 from the light sensor. Using raw2lux, this converts to 0 Lux because the ratio is > 1.3. (In my case its 1.77.) ratio is defined as d1 / d0. But if I have a look in the datasheet, I think ratio should be d1 / (d1 + d0). Even then, the ratio is > 1.3.

    Is there something wrong with the formula in the example? Which do you use?

    Also I get a too high temperature reading from the SI7006A20 (temperature / humidity) sensor. It says 29°C when it should be about 22°C. The MPL3115A2 (temperature / pressure) gives 23.13°C which could make sense regarding it's located on the board and the LoPy has been running for a while.

    Do you use a compensation factor for the temperature?

    Thank you very much for your help!

  • Regarding the light sensor (LTR-329ALS), my understanding was that it LTR329ALS01.light() gives the 2 numbers representing the lux values of 2 channels.
    If you left the default configuration registers (Gain 1x-> 1lux to 64k lux) then the lux values are exact the values returned.
    The 2 channels have a different sensitivity based on wavelength (ch0 ~450nm violet-blue and ch1 ~770nm red).

    I don't know what's raw2lux. Also the ratio d1/(d1+d0), is mentioned in datasheet but I did not understood the meaning.

    I've read the datasheet from:

    On my desk, evening, I have:
    '>>> lt = LTR329ALS01(py)
    '>>> print("Light: " + str(lt.light()))
    'Light: (45, 33)
    45 lux, 1.5m away (surface is sphere with 1.5m radius) -> 1272 lm, seems ok, as I have 3 bulb-lights of ~400lm.
    But with cellphone, 2 cm away: Light (6617, 2758)
    <Later edit> I've used this online tool to convert lux to lumens, as light-bulbs have specs in lumens
    Also with a Blue+Green LED, I've obtained values (85,7), which indicates a blue light, and lack of red light.

  • Hi mkr, for the temperature issue please follow this topic, as more info here:
    The MPL3115A2 temperature gives me aprox the same temperature as SI7006A20.

  • Hi mkr,
    Regarding temperature, the SI7006 sensor reports its own temperature, not the Ambient Temperature. I am evaluating some application notes, to see how we can estimate/compensate for the Ambient Temperature.

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