ESP-LXME & ESP-LXMEF Modular Controllers

Easily expandable from 8 or 12 stations up to 48 stations with 8- and 12-station modules

The popular Rain Bird® ESP-LX Series commercial controllers have been enhanced to provide additional features and station capacity. The ESP-LXME Enhanced Controller offers flow sensing and management with modular station capacity from 8 to 48 stations. Station modules are available in 8- and 12-station models.

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Hot-swappable modules, no need to power down the controller to add/remove modules  
8- or 12-stations base unit expandable to 48 stations with 8- and 12-Station Modules  
Flow Smart Module™ factory installed (ESP-LXMEF) or field upgradeable (ESP-LXME)  
Dynamic station numbering eliminates station numbering gaps  
Master valve/pump start circuit  
Weather Sensor input with override switch  
6 user-selectable languages  
Standard 10kV surge protection  
Non-Volatile (100-year) program memory  
Front panel is removable and programmable under battery power  
Compatible with Rain Bird Landscape Irrigation and Maintenance Remote  
Plastic, locking, UV resistant, wall-mount case, Optional Metal and Stainless Steel Case & Pedestal
Water Management Features
Optional Flow Smart Module™ with Learn Flow utility and flow usage totalizer — standard on ESP-LXMEF  
FloWatch™ protection for high and low flow conditions with user defined reactions (requires flow sensor)  
FloManager™ manages hydraulic demand, making full use of available water to shorten total watering time  
SimulStations™ are programmable to allow up to 5 stations to operate at the same time  
Station sequencing by station numbers or station priorities  
Water Windows by program plus Manual MV Water Window  
Cycle+Soak™ by station  
Rain Delay      
365-Day Calendar Day Off  
Programmable Station Delay by program  
Normally Open or Closed Master Valve programmable by station  
Weather Sensor programmable by station to prevent or pause watering  
Program Seasonal Adjust  
Global Monthly Seasonal Adjust


Operating Specifications
Station timing: 0 min to 12 hrs  
Seasonal Adjust: 0% to 300% (16 hrs maximum station run time)  
4 independent programs (ABCD)  
ABCD programs can overlap  
8 start times per program  
Program Day Cycles include Custom days of the week, Odd, Odd31, Even, and Cyclical dates  
Manual station, program, test program
Electrical Specifications
Input required: 120 VAC ± 10%, 60Hz (International models: 230 VAC ± 10%, 50Hz; Australian models: 240 VAC ± 10%, 50Hz)  
Output: 26.5 VAC 1.9A  
Power back-up: Lithium coin-cell battery maintains time and date while nonvolatile memory maintains the programming  
Multi-valve capacity: Maximum five 24 VAC, 7VA solenoid valves simultaneous operation including the master valve, maximum two solenoid valves per station 
cULus [US and Canada], FCC Part 15b [US], WaterSense (when upgraded with  ET Manager Cartridge) [US], CAN ICES-3(B)/NMB-3(B) [Canada], CE [European Union], IPX4, RCM [Australia and New Zealand], Smart Approved WaterMark [Australia]


Width: 14.32 in (36,4 cm)  
Height: 12.69 in (32,2 cm)  
Depth: 5.50 in (14,0 cm)

Model Comparison


  • ESP8LXME: 8-Station Controller, 120VAC  
  • IESP8LXME: 8-Station Controller for International Market, 230VAC  
  • ESP12LXMEF: 12-Station Controller with Flow Smart Module, 120VAC  
  • ESPLXMEFP: ESPLXME Controller Front Panel Only
  • Flow & Station Modules

  • FSMLXME: Flow Smart Module for ESPLXME/F Controller  
  • ESPLXMSM8: 8-Station Module for ESP-LXME/F Controller  
  • ESPLXMSM12: 12-Station Module for ESP-LXME/F Controller
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