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Hey guys,

Here is a rough Sketchup of the room. I am going to have 3 light zones (side/rear cans, screen wash cans, and rope tray). I do want to be able to control them with a smart remote. Also unsure if I want to put the switch(s) inside or just outside the theater door.

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I guess I should have been more specific. I have read a bunch of threads regarding light control (some old, some new) but I know the technology changes pretty rapidly.

I am trying not to go overboard, and just looking for a simple 3 zone solution.

What are the current "go to" set ups?
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Lutron GrafikEye and Lutron Spacer System are probably the most common.

Edit: check eBay for GrafikEyes, they are pricey new from retailers, but sometimes there are better deals there - here's a used 3 zone for example: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lutron-Grafik-Eye-Lighting-GRX-4103-4100-Series-3-Zone-Dimming-Control-Unit-/281093983595?pt=Home_Automation_Controls_Touchscreens&hash=item417281cd6b
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May want to consider insteon for three zones.
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I just setup my mi casa verde 3 this week and to control some z wave switches and insteon in the theater area and other parts of the house it is easy to setup
also if you using irule or roomie to control you theater you can also control the lighting.
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Lutron GrafikEye and Lutron Spacer System are probably the most common.

Edit: check eBay for GrafikEyes, they are pricey new from retailers, but sometimes there are better deals there - here's a used 3 zone for example: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lutron-Grafik-Eye-Lighting-GRX-4103-4100-Series-3-Zone-Dimming-Control-Unit-/281093983595?pt=Home_Automation_Controls_Touchscreens&hash=item417281cd6b

That is a 4000 series unit. I do not believe that is the one you are looking for, check, the Grafik Eye sticky. You will want a GRX-3000 series such as 3103 or 3503.

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Ah maybe so, its been a while since I was in the market - took a look back in my build thread to remind me, I did use a GRX-3104
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Thanks guys!
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That is a 4000 series unit. I do not believe that is the one you are looking for, check, the Grafik Eye sticky. You will want a GRX-3000 series such as 3103 or 3503.

Mind explaining the difference? The auction Brad linked to is significantly less than I expected to drop on a Grafik Eye.
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The 4000 series is used mainly in commercial installs and requires other items to work correctly. Again refer to the Grafik Eye sticky (1st page) or Lutrons website.

The 3000 series can work by them selves without need of other Lutron products.

That is why the 4000 series units are so cheap. Sorry I don't know the exact difference, just enough to not buy the 4000 series.

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May want to consider insteon for three zones.

I'm using Insteaon and so far it's been a breeze. One thing to keep in mind is that you HAVE to have a neutral wire at the switch.

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Thanks, I will definitely look at that one too.
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