As I sat in the theater to ponder life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, I noticed four of my eight step-lights went out. I was quite shocked, as I hadn't really been using them long enough, or frequently enough....then I realized that part of my "theater exit" settings has the overhead lights to 60% and the step lights to 100% so I can comfortably leave the theater whether I'm on the riser or in front row. So, the lights have been essentially running non-stop since around March of this year. In that context, I'm actually quite impressed that they lasted this long.
But...now I want a dimmable LED alternative to the small bulbs commonly used in step-lights. Is anyone aware of such bulbs?
Also, for anyone building a theater with an Insteon system, I've settled on some great presets that I want to share. I've tested and tweaked these for the better part of 2017, and I find these three presets to be extremely useful in addition to the all on/all off commands. I invite anyone to give them a shot if you're using Insteon, Lutron, or any other lighting control system for both overheads and step lights. I'd also love to see what presets others have settled on, if any readers of this post have presets they frequently use. Mine are as follows:
: The mode in which people enter the theater. I activate this using the Alexa voice control upstairs before setting foot in the basement. The theater automatically returns to this mode when I turn the system off (thanks to integration of Insteon and Harmony)
- Overhead Lighting: 60%
- Step Lighting: 100%
The mode in which previews or casual viewing occurs. I engage this either using voice control or a hard button on the Harmony Elite remote. This mode is also used for bathroom runs, as the room remains dark enough not to take viewers out of the cinema experience.
- Overhead Lighting: 15%
- Step Lighting: 75%
The mode in which movies are played. I engage this using either voice control or a hard button on the Harmony Elite remote.
- Overhead Lighting: 0%
- Step Lighting: 40%