Originally Posted by ejhuzy
I know you're out of money, but my lights are on a GE 3106. Works great. I got mine off ebay for a greatly reduced price. They're hard to find there though. Here's the best place
on-line I could find for GE stuff. Given you have four zones, you could
Ok, so what are your alternatives? The super cheap start slow idea is to use four dimmer switches for now. No IR control. You make sure the electrician puts the four dimmers into a 4 gang box so that in the future you can swap out the dimmers for a GE.
Another option I never read up on was using X10 switches. Also, lutron makes another line called the Maestro line. Much cheaper. I think Bud (chinadog) used the X10 stuff in his HT.
WRT your IR question, that's a good one. Some of these switches can support RF modes (Insteon maybe?). That would solve the problem, but you'd have to get a remote that is RF and supports those lights. My GE is actually in a closet outside of my HT. But my IR distribution goes into that closet, so I can run a blaster over to the GE. If you can't get an IR blaster to the spot your switches are at, then a GE wouldn't be a good idea (no RF support). How far out of sight are we talking about? Can you get a cat5 cable from the screen wall to somewhere near the switches?
Hmm, not sure I answered any questions.
See Ed, and others, remember I am in what I consider a unique position; my build is a walk-up Attic. I ascend
to the room...lol...and you come into the room without any sort of wall or structure or anything around you (in pic 2, or most of my screen-wall shots, you'll see the top of the stairs in the floor right in front of the screen-wall). My point is I won't ever walk into the room and want to "set the scene" with the dimmers; this is the lowly bottom of the stairs, where my switch is now. All I ever need to do at the bottom
of the stairs is turn things on. Now, like I said before, once I'm upstairs, I want to be able to use the remote to control zones...and especially to turn just the stair light on for those who might need to descend
during the movie...lol.
So it's not just that I'm running slim on funds, as the end of phase I nears, but I just feel like a Graphic Eye would be a waste for me...as I don't need any of the "at the panel" controls. What I'd love is something like this, where Day, Dusk, Night, and Clean...instead of being scenes
, would just be On/Off for my 4 zones. I could even go for something like this, except maybe a 2-gang, and with these kinds of double-zone switches on it. But I know none of these are IR, much less RF for my out-of-sight need.
I had always planned to get like a URC-brand remote to work with Lutron switches, but I swear the Lutron website tells you nothing about the functionality of its products; it's like "here's a picture...now call your custom installer". And I plan to talk to my Electrician, but I don't think the guy has done a lot of HT work, so I'm not sure how helpful he'll be. I guess just future-proof myself by having him wire it to be 4 separate zones, and I may not have but 1 zone of lights until I can get it figured out.