Originally Posted by PTAaron
...and I just got an email back from Lutron - they DO NOT sell the switch parts separately.
I guess I will first see how hard it is to take the switch apart and paint the pieces... and if that looks like a problem I will have to decide if $120 for black Lutron switches is worth it or if $250 to get started with a much more flexible, programmable, and expandable Insteon setup is a better plan.
Insteon!!!! I switched out a Lutron for Insteon this past week. Much more flexibility. My theater room is in a bonus room upstairs over my garage. My switch setup was originally a 3 way switch (one at the bottom of the stairs and one at the top) to control the light in my stairwell, and then another switch upstairs to control the overhead lights in the room. I also had a rope light behind my projector screen that I had to plug in manually.
Now I added (all insteon) a RF to Insteon Converter to be able to control everything from my Harmony remote, an controlled outlet for the rope light, and insteon switches for both the 2 way and the over head lights in my theater.
Now I can turn on all my lights (stairwell, overhead, and rope light) from the insteon controller downstairs (and also turn everything off). At the top of the stairs each switch will still control its individual light. When I turn the theater on it turns off all the lights except the screen light. When I pause something I can bring up only 1 set of lights if I want, etc.
I'm planning on building backlight movie poster frames as well and I am planning on tying them into the downstairs switch as well (with insteon power outlets) so that when some one turns the lights on in the stairwell it will turn them on as well (and then off when no-one is up there).
So in short, insteon is expensive but it is awesome!!!!
*Note you have to have neutral wires in order for insteon to work (some older home apparently don't have them).