Originally Posted by tbraden32
Congrats again on the completion of your room.
Now time to pick your brain and steal some ideas. Can you give me more details on your lighting and how you wired everything including the IR repeater?
I see you used some Insteon Dimmers, but I have never wired anything before and l am looking for a simple and cheap solution.
The Insteons worked out great. I have installed 3 dual band dimmers (for the can lights) and one on/off switchlink (for the rope lighting behind the crown). Once installed, the communicate with each other pretty well. To get the IR remotes to work with the insteon, I bought and installed the irlinc receiver. Not sure what detail you want but here it is:
I have access to the attic above and behind the walls on the side, so I was able to rewire basically everything without ripping out all the sheet rock. The electrical wiring for the lighting is coming off a dedicated 20 amp circuit out of the box (in garage) to a 3 gang box for the dimmers. From here, there are three zones wired out to the can lights (3 dimmers). Each zone has 3 can lights (left, right, front). I have a separate 15 amp circuit from the box that is wired to a junction box in an unfinished room that shares part of a wall with the theater. This circuit is split for a couple things, one of them is a wire run to a single gang box (on/off switch) for the rope lighting. The wire is then run from the switch two outlets, wired in series, behind the screen wall- one on the left and one on the right (These outlets are where the rope lighting is plugged in). These outlets are wired to be controlled by the on/off switch.
The dimmers and switches install like a regular light switch. The do need the neutral wired connected however. Thats it for them! they communicate with each other through the electrical wiring and (if dual band) RF. I also installed the IRlinc receiver. This takes IR signals and converts to the RF that the dual band insteon dimmers can use. For me, it enables my Harmony One to control my lighting.
I went with an IR repeater that utilizes CAT5 to carry the IR signal to the repeater box (here
). So I have the receiver behind the screen wall (with the ir eye squeezed between the screen frame and the screen wall so it is slightly protruding into the theater). You cannot see the ir eye at all unless you know its there and you are a few inches away. The receiver is then plugged into a CAT5 outlet and to an electrical outlet (different one than the one that controls the rope lighting). The CAT5 outlet is wired to another Cat5 outlet in my A/V closet where the IR repeater box is connected. The IR emitters are then run from the repeater box to each of the components - including the IRLinc.
The end result is that I point my Harmony One at the front and control all my components and the lighting (even though they are behind me). I can set scenes and use sequences with the Harmony for certain events. For example, when I hit play, the movie will start and the lights will go out, when I hit pause, the lights slowly come on the a set point. When I hit stop, the lights come on the another set point. It's actually pretty cool.
The only component not controlled by the IR repeater is the projector. I rely on the screen to reflect the IR signal to the projector. Works like a charm.
Hope this helps - let me know if you need any more detail.