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Rainbird ESP-8LX 8 Station Outdoor Controller

Rainbird ESP-8LX 8 Station Outdoor Controller
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Rainbird ESP-8LX 8 Station Outdoor Controller.

ESP-LX Plus and LXi Plus Series
Four Program Hybrid Controllers

Primary Applications:

Designed for light commercial and residential use, these controllers offer an extensive array of advanced and easy-to-use features for professional irrigation control. The controllers' four independent programs with four independent day cycle modes will accommodate a myriad of diverse irrigation requirements, including low volume drip applications. A key-lock door and durable cabinet make the ESP-LX Plus controllers easy to install, operate and service, even in the most challenging environments.

Features and Benefits:

  • ESP: Extra-Simple Programming with self-prompting large alphanumeric LCD display makes this controller easy to program, read and understand.
  • Four independent programs (A-, B-, C-, and D-drip), with six start times each, allow mixed irrigation applications in a single controller.
  • 365-day calendar with leap year intelligence for one-time date and time setting.
  • Non-volatile program memory maintains user's program during a power outage independent of the battery backup.
  • Removable, battery-programmable panel for the convenience of both programming instruction and programming prior to installation.
  • Four cycle modes (CUSTOM, CYCLICAL, ODD, or EVEN) selectable for each program for maximum flexibility. .
  • Event-Day-Off option to set any day of the month as a non-watering day for all programs accommodates special occasions and special watering ordinances.
  • Programmable Delay-Between-Stations provides time for water well recovery or time for slow-closing valves to turn off completely.
  • Start time stacking prevents hydraulic overload.
  • Variable test program for system operational testing.
  • Water budgeting by program from 0 to 300% in 1% increments makes seasonal adjustments quick and easy.
  • Programmable rain delay enables system to stay off for specified period with an auto-restart.
  • Sensor inputs and override switch with LED indicate when irrigation is suspended.
  • Master valve/pump start circuit, programmable by station, for optimal irrigation control.
  • D-drip program can run simultaneously with program A, B or C to maximize hydraulic capacity and minimize watering time.
  • Diagnostic circuit breaker and LED fault indicator identify electrical shorts, skip shorted stations, and continue irrigation cycle.
  • Battery recharging circuit maintains fully charged Ni-MH backup battery (included) to keep current time and date during a power outage.
  • Surge protection makes the controller reliable and robust under extreme field conditions.
  • Heavy-duty 1.25A extrernal, plug-in style transformer on the ESP-LXi+ indoor version provides convenient installation.
  • Includes easy-to-mount, heavy-duty plastic cabinet with key-lockable door and swing-out, quick release face panel, as well as all internal wiring (no junction box needed), for clean-looking, professional installation.
  • UL and cUL listed; CE and C-Tick approved.
  • Rapid Station Test Routine (RASTER) enables the controller to diagnose and troubleshoot field wiring, solenoid, and controller problems quickly and easily.
  • Special Fuse Circuitry detects and displays when a fuse has blown.


  • ESP-6LX+: 6 stations, indoor/outdoor*
  • ESP-8LX+: 8 stations, indoor/outdoor*
  • ESP-12LX+: 12 stations, indoor/outdoor*
  • ESP-16LX+: 16 stations, indoor/outdoor*
  • ESP-20LX+: 20 stations, indoor/outdoor*
  • ESP-24LX+: 24 stations, indoor/outdoor*
  • ESP-8LXi+: 8 stations, indoor
  • ESP-12LXi+: 12 stations, indoor
  • ESP-16LXi+: 16 stations, indoor
    * Also available in 230VAC


  • Station timing: 0 to 12 hours for all stations (0 to 16 hours with water budgeting); 0 to 120 minutes selectable in 1-minute increments; above 120 minutes selectable in 10-minute increments
  • Automatic starts: 6 starts per day for each program, available on the quarter hour (total of 24 start times)
  • Independent programming schedule options:
    1. ODD day watering (per program)
    2. EVEN day watering (per program)
    3. CYCLICAL (1 to 31 days, variable per program)
    4. CUSTOM (weekly schedule variable per program)
  • Input required: 117 VAC ± 10%, 50/60 Hz (International models 230 VAC ± 10%, 50/60 Hz
  • Output: 26.5 VAC, 1.5A (1.25A on ESP-LXi+)
  • Diagnostic circuit breaker skips and indicates stations with overloaded circuits and continues to run operable stations
  • Overload, backup fuse: 1.25A SLO-BLO
  • Battery backup: 9V Ni-MH rechargeable battery (included) for programming under battery power and maintaining program current time and date during power outages
  • Station Capacity: Up to two 24 VAC, 7VA solenoid valves per station plus a master valve or pump start relay
  • Terminal strips for up to #12UF wire
  • Electrical surge protection: Primary input side has built-in MOV (metal oxide varistor) to protect microcircuitry; output side has one built-in MOV for each valve station


  • Width: 9 1/2" (24,1 cm)
  • Height: 10 1/4" (26,0 cm)
  • Depth: 4 3/8" (11,1 cm)

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Tech Specs
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Installation Manual
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