I really need some advice on this one. I started reading the Grafik eye master thread and got in over my head pretty quickly. That thread started in 2005, and I'm sure things have moved forward.
So, here's my current situation: I need to control three zones, two of which are located inside the theater, and one that's located outside of the theater in the rest of the basement.
Zone 1: 6 overhead can lights, inside the theater. These will be LED and don't need to be dimmable. This zone is currently controlled by 2 switches- an existing switch in the theater and a three way switch at the top of the stairwell.
Zone 2: This will be the sconce lighting in the theater and will also be LED bulbs, these behind translucent glass. There won't be more than 4 of these sconces total. As of now, these aren't installed, but I plan to control them from inside the theater only. The must be dimmable.
Zone 3: Lights outside the theater, in the rest of the basement. These are currently controlled by 3 switches- one at the top of the stairwell, one by the basement back door, and one by the door that leads from my basement to my workshop. No dimming required.
My ideal lighting control scenario is as follows: I open the door at the top of the stairwell and turn on zones 1 and 3. I go down the stairs, walk into the theater, sit in my chair, and then use a remote to turn off zone 3, then fade between zone 1 and 2, such that zone 1 turns off, and zone 2 is on and dimmed. When I get up to leave, zones 1 and 2 reverse fade, so that zone 2 goes off and zone 1 comes back on full.
As far as I can tell, it boils down to this: in 2012, do I need a grafik eye or can I use something simpler? If I do need grafik eye, what is the best way to set it up such that it will control a 4 way zone (zone #3) and a separate 3 way zone (zone #1)?
I would very much appreciate your help!